Film: Maniac Cop

aka: Maniac Cop 2

You have the right to remain silent... forever!
— A tagline so nice they ended up using it thrice

A 1988 horror horror movie, directed by William Lustig and produced by Larry Cohen.

The film tells a story of Matt Cordell (Robert Z'Dar), a former NYPD officer who was sentenced to prison for his excessive Police Brutality. He suffered heavy abuse in jail from the scum whom he had arrested himself and was left heavily scarred and brain-damaged from their attacks. He is now presumed by most people to be long dead. Cordell starts wreaking havok in New York by dressing as a cop and murdering innocent civilians, which leads to city-wide panic. Detective McRae (Tom Atkins) is set to work on the case and is later joined by Officer Forrest (Bruce Campbell) who is framed for the killings and must clear his name.

The film was followed by two sequels: Maniac Cop 2 in 1990 and Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence in 1993.

These films contain examples of:

  • Axe Before Entering: Cordell mashes his way through an office door as he chases after Mallory in the police station.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Cordell's prison stay at Sing Sing was pretty much this. Justified through the brain damage that he received from it.
  • Re Cut: Some releases of the film include additional scenes involving the corrupt mayor, which were added to beef up the running time for television airings.
  • Selective Squeamishness Suppression: Along with the coroner, Detective McRae isn't bothered about the corpses in the morgue. The fellow detective with him, not so much.
  • Sword Cane: Cordell's weapon of choice is blade hidden in a billy club.
  • Title Drop: After hearing from McRae that innocent people are being killed by an assailant dressed as a police officer, Ginny proclaims "Jesus, maniac cop?"
  • The Voiceless: Cordell for most of the time, but he opens his mouth once during the second and third movie.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Forrest's wife thinks that his longnight shifts are cover for the fact that he is the maniac cop, but following him one night reveals that he insteads cheats her with Officer Mallory. She dies soon after makng this discovery.