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YMMV / Maniac Cop

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  • Harsher in Hindsight: After several high profile exposures of systemic police brutality in the latter half of The New '10s, it's even more disturbing to see this film's portrayal of a police force conspiring to cover up one of their own turning psycho. Of course, given Larry Cohen's usual social commentary this also counts as quite a case of Values Resonance.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • So, what we have here is a psychopath with Glasgow Smile impersonating a police officer and who, by the end of the film, is planning to kill the mayor. Sounds kinda familiar.
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    • The backstory for Cordell has him being a wrongfully convicted cop in a prison filled with people whom he put in there. A year later in Tango & Cash, Robert Z'Dar plays a criminal in a prison with a grudge against one of the two main characters, who are wrongfully convicted for murder and send to prison filled with people they helped to put away.
  • Narm:
    • Cordell's facial expressions after his scarred look is revealed. Even the creators hated how he looked.
    • Sally squealing like a hog at the sight of the hanged cop.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Cordell may have a tragic backstory, but no more so than Candyman or Pamela Vorhees. There is nothing to suggest that his resurrection messed with his mind, and throughout the series he kills innocent people and other honest cops for no reason, making his Face–Heel Turn and Invincible Villain status seem undeserved.


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