Friday, May 13, 2011

Maniac Cop 3 (1993)

Detective Lieutenant Sean McKinney thought that clearing 'Maniac Cop' Matt Cordell's name would put his soul at rest, but a voodoo ritual brings the vengeful office back to life in order to expose another wrongfully accused female officer and claim her for his own. MANIAC COP is an anomaly in the series that feels incongruent with the first two films despite the fact that it retains much of the same cast and crew. The plot plays out more like a murder mystery and cop drama than a horror film, with very few deaths to keep the pace along the way. What's worse, the already-short 80-minute runtime is padded with over fifteen minutes of footage from the earlier films, which comprises most of the bloodshed in the first half. Even Robert Davi seems bored with the role at this point, although he is given his moment of glory during a hospital shootout. MANIAC COP 3 is sure to disappoint, but the action-packed finale may be enough to quell fans of the series.

Rating: 6/10.

8 comments:

  1. I've only seen the first Maniac Cop film and I loved it. Much more than I expected. But then, I should have known it would be great given that it was written by Larry Cohen. Love the tag line of the original, too. I've read that the sequel is actually pretty cool, too. ;)

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  2. James, the first sequel will be a real treat for you if you liked the original, but this one tappers off quickly. MC2 should be much easier to find in R2 from what I hear?

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  3. I think they're all readily available on this side of the pond, Carl. My copy of Maniac Cop was picked up in a charity shop - on the price tab it said "Bruce Campbell." I couldn't resist! ;)

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  4. It's got a cameo by 'Rorschach' as a bearded, convenience store robber though. How golden is that?!?

    Yeah, the movie is not good. It has that great finale though...

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  5. I liked Haley in it, he had all of the best scenes outside of the gurney scene with Davi. Let's hope for MC4?? Wait now, MC2011?

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  6. If they can make 'Stepfather 3' or 'Critters 4,' anything is possible!

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  7. I liked it, but way below par from the previous movie. Some serious production problems plagued this one and I read Davi was/is a difficult actor to work.

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  8. Not as bad as people make it out to be, but a disappointment nonetheless

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