Maniac Cop 2 – Set Fire, Wash, Rise, Repeat


Here we go again. Welcome to the sequel of Maniac CopManiac Cop 2. How very original. Will the movie be just as interesting? There’s only one way to find out. Read on, my friends.

WARNING: As my editor is currently overnighting at Camp Crystal Lake with a gaggle of horny teenagers, I will be spoiling plot points (such as they are).

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Maniac Cop 2 – Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Maniac Cop 2 begins with the ending of the original. But of course, no one finds Matt Cordell’s body from the big blow out, though we do see a lone cop car drive away from the wreckage. Even if we can’t see the person behind the wheel, we all assume it’s Cordell.

And if you don’t…are you new here?

The next thing we know, some dirtbag is robbing a bodega and a giant cop walks in. Naturally, he kills the shop owner while the arriving cops kill the robber. I mean, it makes sense since he’s holding the shotgun that the big cop gave back to him after swiping it to kill the innocent guy.

Jack (baby Bruce Campbell) and his gal pal, Teresa (Laurene Landon), are back and trying to convince the new commissioner that no one was able to find Cordell’s body so obviously he’s on the loose and could kill more innocent people. He immediately sends the couple to therapy. Can you blame him?

Yes. Yes, I can.

Lestat judging

The psychologist, Dr. (and Officer) Susan Riley doesn’t believe them either, and while Teresa is livid, Jack plays along because he likes and needs his job. Theresa says, “Screw you all. I’m going to find Cordell myself.”

I may be paraphrasing.

Cut to Lieutenant McKinney, who shoots a guy on duty and then has to talk with the same Dr. Riley. This is important because while talking to a blind newspaper vendor, Baby Bruce is killed (EPIC sword through the back of the neck, btw) and now Teresa must identify his body with the Lieutenant.

This is the part of the film where the obligatory titty shot comes in via a corpse, one of Cordell’s victims, I think. Honestly, the who isn’t important. What’s important is that those dead bewbs stay in the shot THE ENTIRE TIME Theresa is crying over her boyfriend’s body.

Are we all on the same page now? Eventually, Teresa, McKinney, and Dr. Riley all work together to catch Cordell.

Set on Fire, Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Unfortunately, Teresa won’t get to see that day as Cordell snaps her neck while she tries to fight him off with a chainsaw (I shit you not). Lots of chaos ensues. But it takes half the movie for Cordell to finally hook up with the stripper killing whackadoo (which is the whole premise of this fucking film) and they swap stories, aka Cordell sits silently while the psycho just yaps and yaps. So now the Lieutenant and the psychologist need to go search all the strip clubs to find Cordell and this crazy guy. Because OF COURSE they do.

Unbelievably, or maybe believably, they find the serial killer almost immediately and throw him in jail. Cordell decides to break him out, along with every other criminal in there at the same time. For some reason they all end up at the prison where Cordell was originally attacked, and wouldn’t you know it? The Commish shows up on a bullhorn, letting Cordell know they’ll reverse all the charges brought against him. You know, the ones that landed him in prison originally where he was shredded and then snuck out by a nice doctor only to go on a revenge killing spree and getting blown up in a runaway paddy wagon before disappearing then showing up now to get more revenge. THOSE CHARGES.

Maniac Cop 2 - The return of Cordell
Thanks for nothing, Commish.


Side note: There are fifteen minutes left in the film and I just don’t fucking care anymore.

Whelp, all those prisoners that originally attacked Cordell are still around and ATTACK HIM AGAIN. Someone sets him on fire but Cordell uses the Reverse Uno card to set THEM on fire, including his new BFF stripper killer. Cordell just goes on and on like the fucking energizer bunny. Until eventually…

Cut to the Lieutenant and the psychologist having a proper funeral for Matt Cordell, hoping this will allow him to finally rest. Cordell’s fist busting out of his coffin and grabbing his cop badge off the lid says otherwise.

I mean…

Look, I understand when you make a sequel, you gotta make it bigger. You gotta make it crazier. But there’s no rule that says you gotta make it better. Though William Lustig and Larry Cohen return as director and writer respectively, this is not as good as their first venture.

While I can appreciate the idea of Matt Cordell, and I definitely approve of his revenge scheme, once he’s gotten to all the people responsible for his hellish existence in the first movie, where can you go? Why do you go? What fresh nightmares are you creating just to sell a few DVDs??

Bathazar why

I can say I really love the character of Lieutenant McKinney (played by the wonderful Robert Davi). They tried to make him seem dirty or at least, apathetic, at first. But once he’s on board with the Cordell theory, he’s all in and does everything right. The psychologist is pretty cool (Claudia Christian); the serial killer (character actor Leo Rossi) nicely over the top; and gotta love the blind newspaper guy (James Earl Jones’ brother, Robert) as he describes how he knew Cordell was dead without having to actually lay eyes on him, but simply touching his back (so creepy). But the others? I can take ‘em or leave ‘em.

The kills are pretty sweet, too. I actually wasn’t expecting Jack to take a sword between his C3 and C4 vertebrae. Loved the prisoners getting set on fire. And the general madness and mayhem that follows Cordell wherever he goes – or more accurately, that he sets in motion. And speaking of Cordell, his “look” is definitely creepier than before. He’s much more skeletal and rotting than just slashed up. And I dig it.

Move Along, People. Nothing to see here.

However, the writing is full of convenient and rather lazy developments. The audio is terrible. Aside from the actors I already mentioned, the performances are stale. The pacing bogs down and it’s quite the slog to get through the whole flick without losing interest. The flashback fillers don’t help.

So while the first film, is more interesting and enjoyable, the Maniac Cop 2 lacks originality and spunk. I’m almost scared to watch the third and final film in the series. Thankfully, I’ll be drunk.

1.5 margaritas

1.5 margaritas (out of 5)

Maniac Cop 2 - Set Fire, Wash, Rise, Repeat -
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Director: William Lustig

Date Created: 1970-01-01 00:33

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