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Film / Psycho Cop Returns

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Something old, something new, something bloody... and the man in blue.

The sequel to Psycho Cop, released in 1993, in which the ever-puntastic devil-worshipping cop-impersonator Joe Vickers (Robert R. Shafer) continues to enact his special brand of law and justice.

The film opens with Vickers hearing about a bachelor party from two office workers, which will be secretly held in an office building at late-hours, which is going to include booze, drugs and hookers. He then follows the two men to the party, locks the doors and starts killing everyone stuck inside with him.

This movie ditches the deritative teenkill-aproach from the previous film, and goes over the top with its presentation; gore, nudity and laughably bad puns are all over the place.

This sequel has examples of:

  • Aerosol Flamethrower: Sharon defends herself with one, burning Vickers' face.
  • Badass Bystander: A whole crowd of them beat up Vickers outside of a bar in the climax as a bystander films them in a parody of the Rodney King incident.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Sharon's face is shown to be black and bruised in the hospital where the film ends.
  • Big "NO!": Brian's reaction to Vickers blowing Larry's brains out.
  • …But He Sounds Handsome: Or rather, he sounds so formidable, with Vickers describing/bragging what he has done in the past while pretending to be The Cavalry.
  • Closed Circle: The Stonecipher Enterpises office building in the sequel.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: Said by Vickers as he stalks after Sharon in the building, and immediately follows it with You Can Run, but You Can't Hide.
  • Continuity Nod: Vickers mentions the happenings of the first film as he recounts his own reputation to the cast.
  • Creator Cameo: The film's producer and director appear as a bartender and a bystander with a video camera, respectively.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Vickers's patrol car is shown to be filled with body parts of his past victims.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: None of the three strippers get much importance or characterization, and Vickers views them with ill-concealed disdain both before and during his attempts to kill them.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: While listening to Larry and Brian talking about the upcoming party in the opening, Vickers is shown drinking coffee and eating donuts... in slow motion.
  • Double Take: Bartender's reaction when sees Vickers attacking Sharon outside his workplace.
  • Elevator Floor Announcement: Done by Vickers as he rides an elevator up the building.
    Vickers: Seventh floor, going up. Linens, luxury, eviscerated women.
  • Evil Elevator: Vickers sabotages the elevators in the building, and uses them mess around with Mike before killing him.
  • Exact Words: Sharon has Vickers on her sights but he has one strippers as a meatshield. Then he promises that he won't shoot her if Sharon puts the gun down. She complies, and he snaps the stripper's neck because he only said that he wouldn't shoot her.
  • Eye Scream: After accusing him about taking bribes, Vickers kills the night watchman Gus by stabbing him in the eye with a pencil.
    Vickers: I'll be right back. Why don't you keep an eye out while I'm gone. Hahahaha!
  • Eyepatch of Power: Vickers gets half of his face burnt while wearing sunglasses and is left with other half of his sunglasses covering his healthy eye
  • Final Girl: Averted with Sharon after Brian is revealed to have survived as well.
  • Finger Wag: Vickers wags his finger at Mike when he unknowingly evades him by climbing out of the stopped elevator
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Vickers hits himself on the head with a beer bottle when rampaging in the offices as he searches for Sharon.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Various body parts in Vickers' car are shown up close during the opening credits.
  • French Maid Outfit: One of the strippers is wearing one.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: Two of the strippers do this when one of them bends over and the other grinds her crotch against the first girls butt while the guys watch.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Mr. Stonecipher, the boss of the company where protagonists work. He ignores any pleasantries given his way, and hates brownnosers.note 
  • Healing Factor: Vickers evidently has it, as his burns are shown to have completely healed when he rips off his bandages in the ending.
  • Heroic Bystander: As Vickers pursues and attacks Sharon on the street, a group of men in a nearby bar notice what's going on and immediately run over and save Sharon by beating the hell out of Vickers.
  • I Lied
    Vickers: Remember what I said about not holding a grudge? I lied!
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Just after Tony opens a door to go look for Chloe's lost panties, Vickers comes rushing in and impales them both with a spear stolen from a statue.
  • Innocent Bystander: Unlike everyone else, Sharon is caught in the middle of things just because she's stayed late to get some work done, while everyone else was partying and drew Vickers ire.
  • Lingerie Scene: Exaggerated, with the strippers spending pretty much the whole movie running around in thongs and bras (and cowgirl leggings for one of them), something the trailers made sure to emphasize.
  • Made of Iron: Vickers not only survived, as per his own recounting, six bullets and a branch through the stomach in the first film, but also an ax to the gut (Which just seems to excite him), having his face horribly burned, getting shoved down an elevator shaft, and a mob of people beating him with baseball bats for a good ninety seconds. Between this, his aforementioned seeming Healing Factor, and the indication that some kind of beasts aided him in the hospital, it's pretty clear that Vickers actually does seem to be aided by demonic forces.
  • Menacing Stroll: Vickers uses it, but has wisened up since the previous film and actually runs in the final Chase Scene.
  • Mickey Mousing: Done when Larry is shown paying the night watchman Gus to let the strippers inside the building; few musical notes accompany the each bill he hands him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Vickers gets one in the sequel from a lynch mob, in a sequence that comes off as a weird inversion of the Rodney King assault, complete with videotaping bystander.
  • Number of the Beast: Vickers conveniently has the number 666 as part of his license plate. It is also his badge number.
  • Numbered Sequels: The film is also known as Psycho Cop 2.
  • Only Sane Man: Brian is the bachelor party member to notice somethings up the most
  • A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: The bachelor party.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Lampshaded in Returns, where the bodies fall out of the ceiling instead of the expected cabinet.
  • The Pen Is Mightier: To stab people in the eye, that is.
  • Rain of Blood: Just after Larry says that there isn't some crazy killer loose in the building, blood starts dripping from above and Gary's corpse soon follows.
  • Reading Your Rights: Vickers shoots Gary on his forehead, and starts reciting the Miranda Rights to his corpse, putting his own spin on it.
    Vickers: You have the right to remain dead!
  • Shout-Out:
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Sharon and Brian both do.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: All four of the guys throwing the bachelor party give off some of this vibe.
  • Smug Snake: Larry, whose the one throwing the while party, and takes a while to be convinced that there's a killer out there, can come across as this.
  • Sound-Only Death: In the ending, two cops and nurses enter Vickers' room at the hospital, and they're all killed offscreen.
  • Spiking the Camera: The actress playing the stripper named Lisa briefly looks at the camera as Gary drunkenly tells Brian and Larry to stop being serious.
  • Striptease: Each of the three strippers gets a decently prolonged one.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Vickers wears his sunglasses as he stalks Sharon throughout the dark office building, and they are later burned into a kind-of eyepatch covering half of his eyes.
  • Trash Landing: Vickers drops one of the strippers into trash from the top floor of the office building.
    Vickers: You act like trash, you get treated like trash.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As the film progresses, Vickers grows more and more psychotic, babbling semi-coherently, destroying random office furniture, and beating himself over the head with a bottle.
  • Wild Bachelor Party: Obviously, in the first half.
  • You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost: Said to Brian after runs back upstairs after being spooked by the suspicious copy room and Vickers' laughter in the staircase.