Exterminator 2 (1984)

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This violent follow-up to the sadistic actioner The Exterminator (1980) again features Johnny Eastland (Robert Ginty), a Vietnam vet who is triggered into vengeful killing when his dancer girlfriend (Deborah Geffner) is first badly beaten and permanently crippled and later murdered by a gang of street thugs led by "X" (Mario Van Peebles). Johnny dresses up in a special uniform and helmet, grabs a flamethrower, and aided by Be Gee (Frankie R. Faison), a former vet turned garbageman, the two incinerate their way through the rest of the film. Like other Death Wish clones, this film is derivative, violent, and mindless.
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Mark Buntzman , William Sachs
Written By: William Sachs , Mark Buntzman
In Theaters: limited
Runtime:
Cannon Film Distributors

Cast

Robert Ginty
as Johnny Eastland
Deborah Geffner
as Caroline
David Buntzman
as Head Mafioso
Derek Evans
as Squealer
Irwin Keyes
as Monster
Ayre Gross
as Turbo
Arye Gross
as Turbo
Deanna Crowe
as Newscaster
Jesse Aragon
as Crackers
Marc Vahanian
as Stitch
Jayne Kell
as Tina
Jack Meeks
as Norman Strate
Kashka
as Gang Member
Tom Wright
as Youth
Ron Taylor
as Dude
Bob Watt
as Policeman No. 1
Al Sheppard
as Policeman No. 2
Herb Downer
as Dr. Turner
Diane Ketterling
as Policewoman
Kim Kahana
as Bartender
John Turturro
as Guy No. 1
Paul Bates
as Guy No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Exterminator 2

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Bottom-of-the-barrel exploitation trash. Dreadful on every level.

August 4, 2007
FulvueDrive-in.com

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October 11, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Every single one of these sucked.

November 27, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for Exterminator 2

If The Exterminator is Death Wish, then Exterminator 2 is Death Wish 3. This silly follow-up to the uber serious grindhouse 1980 revenge film is this time produced by the infamous Cannon Group, the B-grade production company behind some of Hollywood's best cheesy action films of the 80's. Like their other cheesy action films they turn the Exterminator into an almost spoof of itself making it a live action violent cartoon in the vein of Death Wish 3. Speaking of Death Wish 3, Exterminator 2 predates that film by a year and would make an excellent double feature with it. This means if you've seen Death Wish 3 then you know exactly what type of action film you're in for. Robert Giny returns as The Exterminator only with one difference. This time they his uses the flamethrower that he proudly displayed on the poster art of the original film (but never used) as his main weapon. Basically he still roams the streets of New York killing thugs with his trusty weapon of fire. Things are going smoothly for him as he befriends another Vietnam vet working as a garbage man and he even scores a girlfriend with a stripper! Sadly since this is an Exterminator film we all know his happy world is going to come crashing down in a wall of flame. In comes a gang leader named "X" (Mario Van Peebles in one of his first film roles). X ends up killing his friend, paralyzing his girlfriend making Ginty go rampage once again. I actually saw Exterminator 2 before the first film. I purchased real cheap used because I was, and still am, a huge fan of the Cannon Group. I saw the Exterminator a couple years later and was a little disappointed at first for the drastic tone difference (that film is serious) and for the simple fact The Exterminator didn't use his trademark flamethrower. Though over time I have actually learned to appreciate the first film more but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy the ultra cheesiness of this sequel. By far my favorite sequence is towards the end with the Exterminator rigs up a garbage truck with a plow, bullet proof metal covering, and machine guns to go after our thugs. One must go into this film expecting cheesy revenge film, similarly toned to other Cannon film productions especially Death Wish 3. The acting is bad and the plot is cliché, but that all adds to the fun. People expecting a serious sequel with the tone of the first film might be a little disappointed but fans of cheesy violent action films will have a ball. Sadly years ago I sold my VHS copy (I'm still kicking myself) thinking the film would eventually come to DVD. So for no DVD has come and that is a damn shame as this film is gathering a growing cult following and that following would be even larger if the film was more widely available. Thankfully my friend Bill again scored me a copy for me so I was able to fulfill my nostalgia for the film. This film is begging for a DVD release so please take so time to sign my petition to MGM/Fox to get this film released: http://www.petitiononline.com/cannon/petition.html

Eric Reifschneider
Eric Reifschneider

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