It’s very rare with sequels that they will follow the storyline that would of made more sense in the original. On a personal note I think this is true of Friday the 13th Part 2 which I found accessible than the original.
Controverial? Maybe, but it’s an opinion.
We pick up straight after the events of the original after a short replay of the harbour finale, with Matt Cordell taking an old cop car from the scrap yard and setting off on a renewed mission of personal ‘justice’.
Officers Jack and Teresa are let back on duty adamant that Cordell wasn’t killed after his body was never recovered from the docks after being impaled on a pipe and sent to a supposed watery grave in the police van.
Sadly for them, they are correct and don’t get too many reels before being gruesomely dispatched by Cordell. It is clear Cordell’s mission is now not just total carnage but he wants revenge on the Police force as well as the criminals who mutilated him in prison and left him for dead.
To infiltrate the prison where they are being kept, Cordell befriends another killer who uses as bait to get inside the prison and get his revenge.
After the deaths of Jack and Teresa, it is left to Detective Sean McKinney to hunt down Cordell before his massacre reaches the prison.
Not lacking in the bloodshed of the first Maniac Cop, the second film goes a step further with its police station massacre as Cordell slaughters officer after officer as well blowing away a number of cops in the firing range.
The pace is not quite as fast as the first one, as the story is given slightly more time to develop. The only criticism is the alliance with Steven Turkell a serial killer of strippers which makes little sense other than to get into the prison, and also Cordell’s muffled first word of the series which is weak and gurgled and a bit of a letdown. Come on look at the size of the guy, I was expecting a big husky and intimidating voice, but I suppose you can’t have it all.
Conclusively Maniac Cop 2 sticks to the sequel formula by being a bit more outrageous and gory than its predecessor, although it does forget some narrative along the way we weren’t expecting Shakespeare now were we?