Conclusion: Picking up after the events of the first movie, 'Maniac Cop 2' is a surprisingly entertaining horror actioner that's equally as good as, if not better than, its predecessor. Director William Lustig and producer/writer Larry Cohen return for a sequel that exceeds budget limitations, delivers an engaging plot, and manages to build some amusing suspense.
Conclusion: The second sequel in the 'Maniac Cop' trilogy is definitely the weakest of the bunch with a scatterbrained story about Cordell wanting a bride, and McKinney finding romance and Voodoo. The horror action flick comes with a couple mildly amusing touches of comedy and allusions, but is ultimately unsatisfying and forgettable. The Blu-ray, on the other hand, arrives with excellent video and a good audio presentation.
Excerpt: After a horrific turn of events, police officers Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) and Teresa Mallory (Laurene Landon) have survived and “maniac cop” Matt Cordell (Robert Z’Dar) is dead. The two survivors share the story of the maniac cop’s actions, but no one seems to believe their tales. When police psychologist Susan Riley (Claudia Christian) delves into the stories, she too has her doubts, but those are soon erased.
Excerpt: The maniac cop refuses to remain dead, so once again Matt Cordell (Robert Z’Dar) rises from the grave and begins a reign of blood and terror. At the same time, Officer Kate Sullivan (Gretchen Becker) winds up a in a coma after her involvement in a deadly hostage situation. Sullivan handled the situation as it should have been, protecting the hostages and gunning down the criminal, but that isn’t what the public thinks.
Excerpt: It's the return of everyone's favorite crazy undead cop, Matt Cordell (Robert Z'Dar, Return to Frogtown ). When a voodoo priest brings the slain office back from the dead, he goes on a rampage to avenge a fellow officer, Kate Sullivan (Gretchen Becker, Ed Wood ), who was shot in the line of fire and now lies comatose in a hospital.
Excerpt: It took me many years to finally see William Lustig's original Maniac Cop , a movie with a great premise and a great title but a slightly disappointing end result. Though it had some of Lustig's characteristic low-budget charm, a grubby '80s New York aesthetic and a lead performance from Bruce Campbell, it felt like exactly what you would expect a killer cop movie to be. It wasn't bad, it just felt uninspired.
Conclusion: Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence is a hot mess of a movie but that’s okay. Deep down inside it is a keeper, because it contains some great scenes of action and brutality. This Blu-ray also has top notch video and audio and a great set of special features. I am really impressed with Blue Underground’s stellar handling of the Maniac Cop franchise on Blu-ray. Here’s hoping they keep up the great work in the future!
Conclusion: For a low budget film like this you’d think it was a newborn baby getting all the love in the world! And it is! Blue Underground have given Maniac Cop 2 the ultimate treatment in video, audio, and special features. It’s loaded to the brim with quality stuff and the film looks and sounds stellar. The movie stands the test of time as a high quality slasher flick and the effects and stunt work are equally amazing.
Summary: "Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence" (1993) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Blue Underground. The supplemental features on the disc include original trailer for the film; deleted and extended scenes; making of featurette; poster and still gallery; and original synopsis for the film presented in text-format.
Excerpt: There's no prelude or onslaught of corporate logos or narration or whatever. Nope, Maniac Cop 2 immediately picks up where the first flick left off, rewinding the clock just enough so you can [click on the thumbnail to enlarge] see Bruce Campbell get thrashed around by a towering psychopath in a police uniform and to get one more look at that paddy wagon careening into the river.