Saturday, November 21, 2009
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993, William Lustig)
Hey, when you've got a good thing going, why stop? That's exactly what happened with Maniac Cop 3, Larry Cohen and William Lustig's third film about the undead Matt Cordell aka Maniac Cop. Robert Davi is also back as Detective Sean McKinney. Can this sequel hold up to the first two?
Matt Cordell, the Maniac Cop, is back from the grave. How you ask? Voodoo courtesy of Houngan (Julius Harris), duh! This time, after female cop Kate Sullivan (Gretchen Becker) is put in a coma after a shootout where she is wrongly accused of shooting a criminal in cold blood. The criminal, Frank Jessup (Jackie Earle Haley) is made out to be innocent and attempts a breakout with the help of Cordell. Unbeknownst to Jessup, the Maniac Cop is more interested in Kate Sullivan, as he kidnaps her some mysterious reason. Det. Sean McKinney is back to stop the Maniac Cop once and for all.
Surprisingly Maniac Cop 3 holds up very well to the first two films. A great cast (including one of my faves Jackie Earle Haley), a great story and more jaw dropping action make this a real winner. The voodoo angle may sound silly but it doesn't detract from the film and Julius Harris is always fun to watch.