Picking up where the original left off, “Maniac Cop 2” is the rare horror sequel that’s just about as good as the first. Mind you, it’s missing the same grimy atmosphere than made the original so memorable, but its got its moments nevertheless. It’s nice to see Bruce Campbell and Laurene Landon back, and series additions Robert Davi and Claudia Christian have palpable chemistry, which makes the movie’s escalating plot register more than one might expect. This time around, Maniac Cop isn’t quite as intimidating, but he’s still an effective boogeyman, and writer Larry Cohen – always a master of B-horror narratives – weaves a thrillingly sleazy continuation here. Add in an effective, impressive climax, and you’ve got a surprisingly strong horror sequel.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)