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.

RATING: 4/5

3 comments:

  1. Hmmmmm,I feel like I'm not actually sure why you liked this movie. Despite the fact that you rated it 4/5... really, why? Give me more in your review. To be honest, the plot is secondary, you should make the threequel POP!

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  2. I thought the last paragraph summed up what I liked about it. I thought it was as good as the other two. Jackie Earle Haley's performance alone is reason enough to give it a 4/5.

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  3. Havent seen the third one but hey with a high rating like that it must be worth at least checking out! WIll be sure to track it down whenever I get back to the series

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