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½ July 31, 2015
If you're into stuntmen in full-body flames, this is the film for you! Being a fan of trashy 80s vigilante films, I'm pretty surprised with myself that I'd never watched either of the Exterminator films. Robert Ginty plays a Vietnam veteran who cleans up the streets Death Wish-style with a flamethrower. Some of the street trash he has take out include Arye Gross (in his film debut), Irwin Keyes and gang leader Mario Van Peebles as X. There's breakdancing, a sweet 80s soundtrack, and gratuitous violence. What more could you want in a poorly made 80s vigilante film? So, this is not really a **1/2 quality of film, but I did get **1/2 worth of entertainment, even if it was for camp value.
½ September 10, 2009
Entertaining follow up produced by Cannon Films, not as good as the original but it has some good moments.
I don't get the hate for these kind of films, any film with a masked man carrying a flame thrower is obviously not going to be for critics.
February 27, 2008
Not nearly as awesome as the first this is still some enjoyable 80s trash from cannon films!
½ July 16, 2014
Exterminator 2 is a much improved sequel to the unfocused and amateur first movie. In this one Robert Ginty is back as The Exterminator and has to battle a gang lead by it's leader named X played by Mario Van Peebles. The first movie had the problem of not having one true bad guy that the Exterminator had to vanquish and this movie fixes that by adding Mario Van Peebles as an The Exterminator's main enemy. Peebles didn't prove to be a very big star in the future with his only real success being New Jack City. In this movie though he did show a lot of charisma and made the perfect leader of an '80s punk gang.
April 30, 2012
The first Exterminator is somewhat of a guilty pleasure, a cold-edged Death Wish knock-off, minus an anti-hero with as much charm as Charles Bronson. It also benefited from James Glickenhaus' trademark slow-mo and editing style. Alas, none of that is found here. Exterminator 2 is a different approach, but you better watch the first only to be acquainted with the character, because there's barely much development for him in this movie alone. He's just a cold vigilante with a flamethrower. Robert Guinty is always pretty badass when dressed to kill, but as a human character, he's not as likeable here. He's kind of an awkward character, and doesn't seem to make the right gestures in his relationship with a dancer who gets beat up by gang members. When he praises her dancing, he comes off overbearing. When trying to care for her after being crippled, he tries to sugarcoat everything with happiness and push her too hard. The plot is also full of intricacies that are a bit jarring and don't make sense. Like how the gang finds out Guinty is their perpetrator and finds him and his girlfriend, even though the editing and shots clearly show they never even saw their faces. How did they know? SHRUG. Van Peebles character plans to "take the streets", though except for a few scenes near the beginning, this idea is completely forgotten as the rest of the film deals with a drug deal that comes out of nowhere. Yep, the film is sort of all over.

If anything in the film works, it's the gang stuff with Mario Van Peebles. He's an odd one to critique. He's the main gang leader, badass, yet his acting speaks different vibes. On one hand, he often seems like a guy that isn't cut out for being "bad", but other times he redeems it. His character seems human this way, where he's really just a troubled teenager who lost his brother, but is driven to the edge to claim havoc on the streets. For all I know, he's not a very good actor, but he worked enough. Hell, he says "I am the streets!" He's a fair rival for Guinty I'd say. The action bits are cool for sure, even if a little redundant, though a big garage shootout redeems itself to be cool, even if a little silly when Guinty rigs a truck with missiles and guns. The final showdown between Peebles and Guinty isn't really a showdown, just a game of hide and seek.

Overall, Exterminator 2 isn't a very good film and is very incoherent. A lot of the movie isn't very exciting, if anything, just ridiculous and dull. But when the war between Guinty and Peebles gang builds up to the last half hour, its worth watching. It's a short flick, and as far as sleazy 80's flicks go, Exterminator 2 isn't too bad, but in general it's poor and a guilty sleazy pleasure at best. I'd watch it back to back with The Exterminator, but yea the first, while also sleazy and trashy, had more motivation behind the story and worked better.
May 12, 2014
(58%)
Wow, the "pro" critic over at Juicy Cerebellum did a great job with "Every single one of these sucked". What all two of them? Jackass. Anyone familiar with 80's and 90's urban based beat-em-up video games (Streets of rage, Double dragon, Vendetta) will notice a connection with the representation of street gangs and a city in turmoil. This is a more fun, less gritty, action based affair with "Evil Peebles" facing the rough end of Ginty's flame thrower as he quite literary takes out the trash. Any fans of the original, or Cannon's brand of 80's R-rated action should check this out. And what a poster! They don't make'em like that any more.
August 14, 2013
After the events from the first movie, John has now managed to start a new life with a new friend and a new love. But, when he is targeted by a violent young street gang, he must once again become the Exterminator.

The original Exterminator has always been classed as a bit of a classic and second only to Death Wish when the vigilante genre is talked about, and a sequel was inevitable. The basic premise of these types of movie is simple enough, and you think that it is something that can never go wrong - but Exterminator 2 manages to go wrong to epic proportions. No elements are brought forward from it's predecessor, which makes all the angst the main character suffers just laughable as there no points of reference. The first movie dealt with some very gritty issues, but the plot of the sequel is pure schlock, and the gang of young villains look and feel like they are trying out for a part in a Mad Max movie. The action is ok, but there really isn't' just enough of it, and when it does happen it just becomes more over the top and unbelievable, and some of the end battle sequences look like they would fit better into an episode of The A-Team. The acting is incredibly wooden, but it kind of worked in the first movie, but not in this one as some humour and love interest are also injected which just makes it all very messy. All in all this is a pretty poor sequel and a very bad movie, which really should have never been made, an this reviewer is only giving it one star, because it will actually make any viewer giggle in places at how ridiculous the whole thing is.
July 30, 2013
*Zero Stars*
A movie this awful is a sin, I want to forget it exists.
March 21, 2013
Four years after his original vigiante killing spree. The Exterminator is back and this time he is alot nastier. He uses his flame thrower to erase the scum of the streets of NewYork. When his girlfriend is left paralyzed resulting in the end of her promising broadway dancing career. Ginty sets out to avenge her death against the most camp gang you will ever see. They are sticking up corner shops for a few dollars and mugging people on the street for as little as $13, and yet they have an arsenal that the Tailban would be proud of.The boss Mario Van Peebles is like a third sadomasochist member of WWF duo The Legion Doom. Ginty also puts B.A. Baracus to shame when he uses some bits and pobs from his lock up and turns his garbage truck into a mini tank. "Its time to take out the garbage".
February 15, 2013
Four years after his original vigiante killing spree. The Exterminator is back and this time he is alot nastier. He uses his flame thrower to erase the scum of the streets of NewYork. When his girlfriend is left paralyzed resulting in the end of her promising broadway dancing career. Ginty sets out to avenge her death against the most camp gang you will ever see.

They are sticking up corner shops for a few dollars and mugging people on the street for as little as $13, and yet they have an arsenal that the Tailban would be proud of. The boss Mario Van Peebles is like a third sadomasochist member of WWF duo The Legion Doom.

Ginty also puts B.A. Baracus to shame when he uses some bits and pobs from his lock up and turns his garbage truck into a mini tank. "Its time to take out the garbage".
June 11, 2012
THIS (if you get my drift) is another Robert Ginty film I discovered on the eponymous TV channel, specifically after 11:30 PM. For you "Mystery Science Theater 3000" fans, "The Paper Chase" guy hides his face behind a welder's mask here as opposed to a biker's visor in "Warrior of the Lost World." "Exterminator 2" couldn't win Oscars or Golden Globes with a rollerskating thug who can abduct a lady & continue "sk8n'" at top speed despite of the laws of physics, or one part of the climactic scene that reminded me of "Assault" from "American Gladiators."
March 29, 2012
This film is genius for all the wrong reasons. We were left with tears of laughter in our eyes as we watch the campest bad guys to ever grace a movie screen get picked off by the exterminator and his happy go lucky army buddy.

If you like bad films, this is a classic.
December 26, 2011
Plus: more flame thrower
Minus: Mario Van Peebles
½ June 18, 2011
Call this movie garbage, say it's awful in every way, but for me, Exterminator 2 tops the first one with a vengeance. Whereas the first was a gritty, ultra-violent revenge thriller, Exterminator 2 plays as a fun, campy action film. Not surprisingly, it was released by the Canon Group, who were notorious for releasing several of the campy action films (most featuring Chuck Norris). Johnny Eastland uses his flamethrower more often (which is awesome) and in a moment of true B-movie greatness, he converts a garbage truck into a war machine, complete with machine guns that popped out of the sides. The characters are more likeable this time, even though the villains (the leader played by Mario Van Peebles) aren't as despicable as the ones in the original. In the first, Johnny just went around killing random scumbags. Here, he's going after an organized crime ring intent on taking over the streets of the Big Apple. I don't know about anyone else, but I found Peebles' hair style quite distracting. There's actually a climatic battle between X (Peebles) and Johnny that I found entertaining. Yes, the editing was pretty choppy at times, but what I found to be a great part of Exterminator 2 was the score. Yes, it's your standard action theme, but why try to change perfection? So set aside all pre-connotations (even if you didn't like the first) and look at Exterminator 2 for what it is.
June 3, 2011
Unlike the original, this movie is complete trash. It is too bad Robert Gindy has this on his resume. RIP
February 18, 2011
The truck is still hungry.
January 8, 2011
The sleaze factor from the original Exterminator is sorely missing from its sequel. Actually there's a lot of things missing like @ least one stand out scene, a good score & director James Glickenhaus @ the helm. Now Im a big fan of the vigilante formula but I found hardly any entertainment value in this. Well maybe a little. If Robert Ginty has stuck to torching his victims maybe but it has terrible pacing & no real good action set pieces. In fact the best thing about is the box art. Mario Van Peebles is gay w/ his urban Kid & Play hair do & makes for a weak adversary except for when he was putting on his blood rouge blush. If you want something w/ this formula watch any of the Death Wish sequels (yes even part 5) or the great Vigilante w/ Fred Williamson
October 26, 2010
The main character who is a protagonist and he torches his ennemies??? Anyway, the movie is a bore.
½ July 25, 2010
The first Exterminator was a brutal masterpiece. This movie was a piece of garbage! The filming and editing was awful. The pacing was slow as syrup in January. And the action was reduced to Robert Ginty using just a flamethrower. This should of never been made and should never be seen.People thought that Transformers 2 was the worse sequel ever? Well this takes the cake. RIP Robert Ginty.
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