A field day for vulgarians, PSYCHO COP 2 suggests a George Romero remake of Tom Hanks's BACHELOR PARTY. This ultra-sleazy action comedy aims to jolt viewers with gross-out violence and titillate them with ample nudity, but its attempts at sick humor are leaden and misconceived.
Officer Joe McVickers (Bobby Ray Shafer), the virtually super-human psychotic of the title, eavesdrops on the cafe conversation of yuppies Larry (Roderick Darin) and Brian (Miles David Dougal), who are planning a bachelor blow-out for their co-worker Gary (Dave Bean). The vigilante copper nearly
blows a gasket when they mention recreational drugs. Although Brian keeps spotting McVickers as he dogs their path, Larry pooh-poohs his paranoia. As their after-hours party swings raucously into high gear in an office building, McVickers lurks nearby, toying with Mike (Nick Vallelonga) in an
elevator before pitching him down the shaft. While the libidinous white-collar types salivate over compliant hired strippers, office playboy Tony (Dustin Carroll) is forced to postpone a tryst with Chloe (Kimberly Speiss) when they're interrupted by workaholic Sharon (Barbara Lee Alexander).
Meanwhile, McVickers kills the night watchman, plants Mike's corpse in the Xerox room, and shoots Gary, tossing his dancer companion off the roof. He then skewers Tony and Chloe with the same spear.
When Brian and Larry stumble upon Mike's body, McVickers briefly pretends to be investigating the homicide before killing Larry and wounding Brian. The crazed public servant then chases after the surviving strippers, shooting one and breaking the other's neck. Sharon then flames his face with an
aerosol can and pushes him down the elevator shaft. She hooks up with Brian on the main floor, but Psycho Cop gives Brian the axe and tracks Sharon outside the building, where he beats her until bystanders come to her rescue and brutally beat up the Psycho Cop. Recuperating in the hospital with
the surprisingly resilient Brian, Sharon doesn't realize that the indestructible Psycho Cop is in the hospital, slaughtering assorted medical personnel as he searches for the survivors.
Intended as a laff-riot, the tacky-to-the-core PSYCHO COP 2 licks its chops over scantily clad babes but saves its real lust for a variety of perversely executed homicides. As in so many contemporary splatter films, the only suspense lies in guessing which hedonist will get it next and how.
PSYCHO COP 2 is saddled with a passel of talentless thespians, and it adds insult to injury by padding out its running time with flashbacks to the original PSYCHO COP picture. Callously blending the gruesome with the facetious throughout, the film oversteps the bounds of taste irreversibly during
its climax, which parodies the Rodney King/Reginald Denny beatings. Director Adam Rifkin appears in the credits as "Rif Coogan," his nom de camera for sleazy low-budget comedies (INVISIBLE MANIAC).(Graphic violence, extreme profanity, extensive nudity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: R
- Review: A field day for vulgarians, PSYCHO COP 2 suggests a George Romero remake of Tom Hanks's BACHELOR PARTY. This ultra-sleazy action comedy aims to jolt viewers with gross-out violence and titillate them with ample nudity, but its attempts at sick humor are le… (more)