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Film / Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence

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The final movie in the Maniac Cop trilogy, released in 1993.

Cordell is resurrected from the dead by a voodoo priest who wants him to work for him. But Cordell has other plans, as he learns about a certain female officer Sullivan who was framed for a crime that she didn't commit. Seeing a kindred spirit in her, Cordell starts killing everyone involved with the case, from the real perpetrator of the crime to the doctors who plan to cut the life-feed from her now-comatose body. After he is done, Cordell wants to make Sullivan his bride. Meanwhile, McKinney tries to put end to the mayhem.

This film has the examples of:

  • Amoral Attorney: Frank Jessup's lawyer is exactly the the type of sketchy person that would defend him. She even puts her best interest over her own client when it comes to deals.
  • Asshole Victim: A good chunk of the victims in this movie such The cameramen who falsified the footage to make Kate look bad, Jessup's lawyer, and Houngan
  • Bittersweet Ending: McKinney is able to clear Sullivan's name which in turn makes her find peace in death and saves her from suffering the same fate as Cordell. He also seemly kills Cordell all the while getting together with Dr. Fowler. However Sullivan still died from her wounds and the last scene suggest that Cordell may be Not Quite Dead.
  • Blown Across the Room: Jessup's shotgun usage is an egregious example, as one cop who flies through the sky can attest to.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How the pharmacy clerk/Jessup's girlfriend meets her end after she shoots Sullivan and Sullivan shoots her back.
  • Chase Scene: After Cordell is seemingly vanquished, he returns to chase McKinney and Dr. Fowler in a police car, while still being on fire.
  • Clear Their Name: Throughout most of the film, Sullivan is framed to look like she just unjustly shot Jessup and the clerk working the pharmacy when that was not the case. After Cordell kills the cameramen who altered the footage, he hands over the real footage tape discreetly to McKinney who in turn is able to clear her name
  • Couldn't Find a Lighter: After being unable to find his lighter, McKinney uses Cordell's severed burning arm to lit his.
  • Cowboy Cop: Officer Sullivan, whose trigger-happy tendencies earned her the name "Maniac Kate", after a certain other policeman.
  • Creepy Cathedral: Houngan resides in abandoned church that is connected to the hospital holding Officer Sullivan through underground tunnels.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Cordell ties the guy who ordered the plugs to be pulled off from the comatose Officer Sullivan to the X-Ray machine, and leaves him to die from the overdose of its rays.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dr. Myerson is quite snarky, much to McKinney annoyance.
  • Death by Cameo: Robert Foster appears for barely five minutes before he is violently killed by Cordell
  • Double Take: The ambulance driver in the climax gives one when he sees burning Cordell driving alongside him. He then promptly jumps out from his vehicle.
  • High-Voltage Death: Cordell kills Dr. Myerson by electrocuting him with a defibrillator.
  • Immediate Sequel: The film starts with the funeral that was held for Cordell at the end of the previous film, and shows Houngan resurrecting him with his voodoo powers.
  • Numbered Sequels: With a subtitle this time.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: Seriously, "Badge of Silence"?. Why not "Bride of the Maniac Cop", since Cordell's main goal is having Kate as his bride?
  • Off with His Head!: Some poor schmuck's severed head is used by Houngan in a ritual to resurrect Cordell. As if that wasn't enough, he also stuffed a chicken down the guy's throat.
  • Smoking Is Cool: McKinney is almost always smoking in every other scene. Even in the climax where he uses Cordell's severed arm to light a cigarette up.
  • The End... Or Is It??: Cordell is seemly killed in a car explosion by McKinney, however the last scene in the morgue shows Cordell's hand moving to touch Sullivan's charred corpse while the corner turns his head feeling someone is in his office
  • The Hero: the original lead character of the movie was intended to be a NYPD Haitian detective who was an expert in investigating Voodoo crimes. However the potential financial backers absolutely hated the concept especially those in Japan. So Larry Cohen told them Robert Davi would be returning as Lt Mc Kinney (before actually asking Davi if he was interested in the project). Needless to say the money men had no problem whatsoever with an actor who was a former Bond villain (Licence to Kill) and had also appeared in The Goonies, Die Hard, Raw Deal and Predator 2 so they promptly stumped up funding.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Officer Susan Riley from the previous movie doesn't appear in this movie nor is never brought up or mentioned at all by McKinney (Claudia Christian was busy with Babylon 5 and had a horrendous experience on the 2nd film, not informing the producers she was pregnant and miscarrying after performing the stunts required of her character by the script).