Friday, October 19, 2012

The Month of Horror Day 19: Maniac Cop

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! Tonight, Bellamy reminds you that you have the right to remain silent . . . forever.

This is a fun and somewhat demented series out of the late 80's and early 90's about a psychotic police officer striking fear into the public by randomly popping up like Jason Voorhees and murdering innocent people. The first movie is the best and also boasts the best cast which includes Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins, two horror staples of their generation! If I'm going to be completely honest though it really isn't a great movie--the acting is mediocre, the story isn't exactly original, the kills are nothing to write home about, and the direction is pedestrian. That's not to say you can't find enjoyment out of it if you're a fan of the genre and the actors involved, that's why I picked it up in the first place! What this flick sort of reminds me of is a horror version of Magnum Force, the second film in the Dirty Harry franchise, where cops are the violent killers. Here, it's just the one maniac cop and there does seem to be something oddly supernatural about him; is he dead and out seeking vengeance against a system that failed him? It seems to almost go that way at one point and then sort of forgets that plot line entirely, leading up to a messy conclusion that sets up a sequel instead of building to anything satisfying. Again, if you like lousy horror flicks out of the 80's, Bruce Campbell, or Tom Atkins then sure, what the hell, give it a whirl. 

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