Dead On: Relentless II (1992)

Dead On: Relentless II

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In this sequel to Relentless, a detective (Leo Rossi) is on the trail of some Manson-style killings, which lead him into a larger, global criminal scheme.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Sevi, April Wayne
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 31, 2004
Runtime:

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Cast


as Kyle Valsone

as Sam Dietz

as Carol Dietz

as Belinda Belos

as Cop at Mechanic's Ap...

as Paul Taglia

as Francine

as Grazinsky

as Detective at House

as Ralph Bashi

as Dr. Park

as Hotel Clerk

as Cop #1

as Cop #3

as Detective at Precinc...

as Waitress

as Mailman

as Dexter Davenport

as Bartender

as Jillian Marks

as Harv Mendelsohn

as Ted Beaumont

as Russ Russell

as Marla Beaumont

as Erin Davenport

as Woman at Party

as Det. Maldonado

as Captain Rivers
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½

With "Relentless" being a massive hit on the home video rental market, the serial killer highway was paved with "Dead On: Relentless II" being the first of many sequels to follow in its wake. Sadly going into this sequel it has two massive blows to its credibility. First is the departure of original director William Lustig and second is it being made direct-to-video, which almost guarantees it to be a bland, forgettable follow-up. These two black marks made me go into this sequel with low expectations and but to my surprise it was a hair better than I presumed.

Following the events of the original film, detective Dietz and his wife are having marital problems due to him being 'married' to his job. While trying to mend the bridge with his spouse, another serial killer (Miles O'Keefe) pops up on L.A. seemingly killing his victims at random. Dietz is forced to team up with a smarmy FBI agent and Dietz smells a cover-up a mile away and has to stop the killer, as well as blowing the cover-up wide open in the meantime.

The film suffers by not having the visual talents of William Lustig behind the camera but the look of the film is definitely not as flat as it could have been due to it being made, shutter, 'direct-to-video'. For a DTV flick it's got a lot of style... not as good as the original mind you but not bad at all and director Michael Schroeder does what he can to give the flick some polish.

The cast is also again strong with both Leo Rossi and Meg Foster reprising their roles and Rossi again owns the role he created. His Sam Dietz character is such a loveable prick that one can't help but get engrossed with him. Dietz is good at his job and that's rule number 1 for an audience to like a character, no matter what the job be. I can't believe I'm saying this but Miles O'Keefe, known for playing braindead beefcakes in such turds as "Ator the Fighting Eagle" and "Tarzan the Ape Man", is actually, dare I say, GOOD in the role of the killer. O'Keefe has a striking look that is perfect for a hardcore serial killer and the filmmakers know to keep his dialogue to an absolute minimum, a smart move so O'Keefe doesn't embarrass himself.

"Dead On: Relentless II" isn't a bad sequel but thanks to original director William Lustig hightailing it and the film being regulated to the "direct-to-video" market does hinder the final product ensuring that it will never eclipse the original. Still the director showing better style than the typical DTV film and another strong cast makes it a worthy follow-up to an otherwise watchable, yet also run-of-the-mill "to catch a killer" thriller.

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