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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Conclusion: There have been a lot of harsh words for Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence , but I think that it actually has the best atmosphere in the trilogy. Seen very late at night, it can be quite effective. As it was the case with Maniac Cop 2 , Blue Underground's technical presentation is outstanding. Buy with confidence, folks. RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?