Psycho Cop 2

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Psycho Cop 2
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Directed by Adam Rifkin
Produced by David Andriole
Screenplay by Dan Povenmire
Starring Dave Bean
Julie Strain
John Paxton
Miles Dougal
Justin Carroll
Rod Sweitzer
Melanie Good
Barbara Niven
Al Schuermann
Nick Vallelonga
Carol Cummings
Robert R. Shafer
Priscilla Huckleberry
Music by George Andrian
Marc David Decker
Cinematography Adam Kane
Edited by William G. Bernard
Production
company
Film Nouveau
Penn-Eden West Pictures Inc.
Distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Video
Release dates
  • November 8, 1993 (1993-11-08) (Germany)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Psycho Cop 2 (also known as Psycho Cop Returns) is a 1993 horror comedy film directed by Adam Rifkin, and written Dan Povenmire. It is the sequel to the 1989 film Psycho Cop.

Plot[edit]

In a coffeehouse, Officer Joe Vickers, a serial killer empowered by Satan, overhears Brian and Larry, a pair white-collar workers, discussing a bachelor party they are planning to throw in their workplace for their friend Gary. Vickers follows the two to their office, and stakes it out in his car (which is full of body parts and demonic imagery) until after hours, which is when Larry bribes the security guard into letting in three strippers. Vickers tricks the guard into letting him in, then stabs him in the eye with a pencil.

Vickers sabotages the lifts, and when Mike goes downstairs to tell the night watchman about it, Vickers throws him down an elevator shaft. Vickers proceeds to send vaguely threatening faxes to the partiers, though this does not deter the drunken Gary from going up to the roof with one of the strippers. The two are found by Vickers, who shoots Gary in the head, and throws the stripper off the building. Vickers continues to send faxes, prompting Brian, Larry, and the remaining two strippers to go to the copy room, while elsewhere Vickers uses a decorative spear to impale a pair of workers who were having sex in a storage closet.

Larry, Brian, and the strippers flee when Mike and Gary's bodies fall through the ceiling of the copy room, and run into Sharon, an accountant who had stayed late. The quintet try to call 911, but the lines are not working, and while looking around to see if anyone else is in the building, they find the skewered couple, and are confronted by Vickers. Initially feigning being there to help, Vickers shoots Larry in the mouth, wounds Brian, and chases the others. The women try to escape through the front entrance, but the door is shatter proof, and handcuffed shut. While the trio make their way up to the garage exit, they are attacked by Vickers, who shoots one stripper, and snaps the neck of the other. Sharon is pursued by Vickers, but manages to set his face on fire (causing one of his sunglasses lenses to melt to his eye) and knock him down an elevator shaft, but he survives the fall.

Sharon makes it out through the garage, and is chased through the streets by Vickers, who catches her outside a bar. The patrons of the bar see Vickers attacking Sharon, and in a parody of the Rodney King incident, they beat down the officer as a bystander videotapes the event from his apartment balcony.[1] Sharon, Brian, and Vickers are all taken to a hospital, where Vickers is healed by demonic forces, massacres the police officers and medical staff watching him, and storms out of his room.

Cast[edit]

  • Robert R. Shafer as Greg Henley/Ted Warnicky/Officer Joe Vickers
  • Barbara Niven as Sharon Wells
  • Rod Sweitzer as Lawrence
  • Miles Dougal as Brian
  • Nick Vallelonga as Michael
  • Dave Bean as Gary
  • John Paxton as Frederick Stonecipher
  • Julie Strain as Stephanie
  • Melanie Good as Cindy
  • Priscilla Huckleberry as Lisa
  • Justin Carroll as Tony Michaels
  • Carol Cummings as Chloe Wilson
  • Al Schuermann as Gus
  • David Andriole as Vinnie the Bartender
  • Adam Rifkin as Man with Video Camera
  • Alisa Wilson as Anchorwoman
  • Michael Karp as Big Mike
  • Brittany Ashland as Go Go Dancer #1
  • Sara Lee Froton as Go Go Dancer #2

Production[edit]

Writer Dan Povenmire was offered the chance to direct the film, but as this would require him to quit his job working on The Simpsons, he declined.[2][3]

Reception[edit]

The Video Graveyard gave Psycho Cop 2 two and a half stars, writing that it was "decent mindless entertainment" and that Shafer "turns in a pretty fun performance".[4] Gorepress stated "Psycho Cop Returns is the ultimate Friday night beer movie for blokes. If you think about everything you want in a bad movie, this flick has it in spades" while Monster Hunter wrote "the gore, and the humor are all functioning at optimal levels in this one, leaving the first Psycho Cop movie looking like the ugly 1980s girls it featured while Psycho Cop Returns is as stacked as the awesome body of star and 1993 Penthouse Pet of the Year Julie Strain!" [5][6]

The acting and script were criticized by Critical Condition, which rhetorically asked "Why make a sequel to a film which begged to stay dead?" [7] Splatter Critic found that Psycho Cop 2 was "as worthless as the original" and "a pitiful outing that takes forever to achieve nothing".[8]

DVD release[edit]

The film was put out on DVD by Ardustry Home Entertainment in 2005, though this release was an edited version that removed most of the violent and sexual content.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harris, Mark. "Psycho Cop Returns (AKA Psycho Cop 2) (1993)". Black Horror Movies. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Galas, Marjorie. "Phineas and Ferb: Music, Mischief, And The Endless Summer Vacation; An Interview with Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh". Resource411. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Register, Press (13 May 2008). "Disney animator sees summers in Mobile as inspiration". All Alabama. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Hartley, Chris (16 June 2005). "Psycho Cop 2 (1986)". The Video Graveyard. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Carruthers, Jamie (25 August 2009). "Psycho Cop Returns (1993)". Gorepress. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Hunter, Monster (28 June 2013). "Psycho Cop Returns (1993)". Monster Hunter. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Adelman, Fred. "Short Reviews N - Z". Critical Condition. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Andreas, David (17 March 2011). "Psycho Cop 2". Splatter Critic. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Psycho Cop 2". Movie Censorship. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 

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