Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MANIAC COP (1988) & MANIAC COP 2 (1990) - William Lustig

Surprisingly well-plotted copsploitation fare with a Freddy Krueger/Jason Voorhees twist. Plus, some fine turns by B-Movie stalwarts Bruce Campbell, Richard Roundtree, Robert Davi, Michael Lerner and Leo Rossi.

The first Maniac Cop manages to pack a lot of set-up and characters into its breezy 85 minute run-time. It's basically the origin story of a once-good cop sent to the slammer by corrupt politicians only to be brutally gutted in a prison shower and later resurrected as an avenging undead officer in uniform. The second installment is more fun, with most of the back-story out of the way. It boasts better stunts, more "that guy!" actors than the first and a novel twist on the cop genre. You've seen buddy cops before, but how about buddy serial killers!

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