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Maniac Cop 2 (1990)




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"You have the right to remain silent . . . Forever!" This sequel to Maniac Cop pits Matt Cordell (Robert Z'dar), the crazed, murderous "Maniac Cop" of the first film (now horribly disfigured after a particularly brutal stay in prison), and Turkel (Leo Rossi), a serial killer who likes to murder strippers, against a frenzied NYPD detective, Sean McKinney (Robert Davi), who is just one step ahead of a nervous breakdown. His nerves don't get much relief when officers Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) and Teresa Mallory (Laurene Landon) insist that Cordell is still alive -- not only alive, but unkillable. Then Jack is murdered and the silent Maniac Cop breaks Turkel out of jail. With a group of rancid prisoners, they take police department psychologist Susan Riley (Claudia Christian) hostage. When the prisoners attempt a massive prison break, McKinney musters his forces to hunt down Cordell and Turkel and save Susan.more
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Lawrence Cohen, Larry Cohen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 1991
Live Home Video


Robert Z'Dar
as Matt Cordell
Robert Davi
as Det. Sean McKinney
Claudia Christian
as Susan Riley
Michael Lerner
as Edward Doyle
Bruce Campbell
as Jack Forrest
Leo Rossi
as Turkell
Charles Napier
as Lew Brady
Laurene Landon
as Teresa Mallory
Lou Bonacki
as Detective Lovejoy
Santos Morales
as Store Clerk
Angel Salazar
as Traffic Officer
Vincent Russo
as Cab Driver
Hank Garrett
as Tom O'Hanlon
Bo Dietl
as Detective
Charlie Alfano
as Colour Guard
Kurek Ashley
as Police Officer
Joe Cirillo
as Police Officer
Nick Barbaro
as Captain of the Guard
John Barnes
as Prison Guard
Barry Brenner
as Medical Examiner
Marc Chamlin
as Pedestrian
Shelly Desai
as Convict
James Dixon
as Range Officer
Jude Farese
as Sergeant
Lisa Kramer
as Ambulance Attendant
as Club Host
Frank Pesce
as Strip Club MC
Sam Raimi
as Newscaster
Debra Sarategui
as Bartender
Danny Trejo
as Prisoner
Audrey Maryln
as Interviewee
Glen Lloyd Hahn
as Interviewee
Maria D'Alessio
as Interviewee
Linda Moline
as Strip Club Girl
Cynthia Banks
as Strip Club Girl
Heather Dalberg
as Strip Club Girl
Robin Hansen
as Strip Club Girl
Nancy Dregan
as Strip Club Girl
Manuella Mora
as Strip Club Girl
Krystal Sather
as Strip Club Girl
Mildred Smedley
as Strip Club Girl
Ysobel Villanera
as Strip Club Girl
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Critic Reviews for Maniac Cop 2

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

The plot - Robert Davi's stoic detective and Claudia Christian's pushy psychologist hunt an undead lawman (Robert Z'Dar) - is pretty dull, but the film handily coasts on sleazy charm.

Full Review… | November 12, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

its action sequences have a real sense of grit and danger due to their pre-CGI use of actual city locations and stuntpeople lighting themselves on fire, jumping out of buildings, and hanging on the outside of speeding cars

Full Review… | November 21, 2013
Q Network Film Desk

A worthy follow-up to a slasher classic...

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Best... Low-rent car chase... Ever.

March 31, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Maniac Cop 2

Like most propulsive action pictures, the sordidly jaunty 'Maniac Cop 2' starts with an in media action extravaganza that recaps the first film and it barrels forward with a brute-force velocity that totally supersedes its ignoble predecessor. From the onset, the cinematography is more burnished with the camera gliding through a squad car graveyard until it lands on Matt Cordell's (Robert Z'Dar) phantom mode of transportation. A morbid monologue from a blind newsstand proprietor is a shrewdly written deduction for psychologist Susan Riley's (Claudia Christian) investigation. Bar none, the stuntwork is not feigned and action junkies can rejoice at their balletic resilience (ex. In an unbroken shot, a felon vaults out of a fire escape and onto the roof of a van before rolling onto the asphalt). A car chase with a taxicab on its rims is a humdinger and then it's followed with an even more nail-biting scene with Christian handcuffed to the steering column of a car in neutral. In the tradition of Janet Leigh, loose-end protagonists are slain within the first quarter. Robert Davi is his flinty best and Leo Rossi (with the bearded simulacrum of a deadly Grizzly Adams) is rabidly teeth-gnashing as the serial killer Turkell. Turkell's misalliance with Cordell is akin to the loquacious weasel Buscemi and the tacit psychopath Stormare in 'Fargo'. Somehow a zombie Cordell nonchalantly shambling through door frames in a precinct shootout is fodder for a dynamic action sequence. In quintessential slasher movie fashion, a Molotov cocktail can't stymie Cordell's spree and his flame-engulfed rampage through Sing Sing is utterly dazzling. No delusions of loftiness here; 'Maniac Cop 2' is a rarefied sequel that simply sizzles above the ashes of the original.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


Sequel to the awesome Maniac Cop, Maniac Cop 2 is one awesome ride. Not as great as the original, this still manages to deliver awesome Horror thrills mixed with loads of low budget action. For me, the films in this series are by far the best B movie films ever made in the horror genre. They are loads of fun, despite being sleazy and feeling cheap at times. However the filmmakers obviously knew how to pull out something very good despite the fact that the film feels low budgeted. But who cares, right? All the best and greatest horror films of the late 70's and 80's were low budget films. Maniac Cop is just another example of a low budget classic. In this sequel, we get a bit more action than the first and Larry Cohen's script offers just the right amount of both elements(action and horror) to please the audience. In one scene, theres almost an homage to the first Terminator film as the Maniac Cop commits a massacre in a police precinct. The cast here are good Robert Davi is probably the best known actor in the film as he played in Licence To Kill and Die Hard. Robert Davi plays a tough cop on Matt Cordell's trail who is played Robert Z'dar. William Lustig's direction is again, impressive and he manages to get the most out of the actors and achieve a film with lots of action and horror. Matt Cordell is a very unique villain as he helps the criminals and not the victims, he kills the victims and Z'dar plays that character with phenomenal chilling perfection. All in all, not as great as the original, but still awesome in it's own right, and as far as sequels go, Maniac Cop 2 is a terrific follow up to a neglected classic of the horror genre. Maniac Cop 2 is one of the best horror sequels that I have ever seen, violent, horrifying and action packed, this will definitely appeal to fans of the first.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

The sequel is better than the original, it's still pretty much par for the course in the horror-movie sequel stakes. This time the officers who refuse to believe that Office Matthew Cordell died at the end of the first film are vindicated as he goes on the rampage again.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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