The Gratuitous B-Movie Column 10.21.13: Issue #278 - Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz on 10.21.2013
In this issue The 6th Annual Slasher Movie Celebration continues with a look at the awesome Maniac Cop 2 (1990), plus some TV Quick Hits, a new batch of Things to Watch Out For This Week, a new B-Movie Babe is named, a new Douchebag of the Week is crowned, and more. Check it out.
The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Issue #278: Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
The 6th Annual The Gratuitous B-Movie Column October Slasher Movie Celebration: Week 4
Hello, everyone, and welcome once again to the internets movie review column that still can't figure out why AMC hasn't hired Joe Bob Briggs to host Fear Fest, The Gratuitous B-Movie Column and I am your host Bryan Kristopowitz. In this issue, issue number two hundred and seventy-eight, The 6th Annual The Gratuitous B-Movie Column October Slasher Movie Celebration continues with a look at director William Lustig's best movie, 1990's Maniac Cop 2.
Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
Maniac Cop 2 is, without question, one of the greatest movie sequels of all time. It takes what kicked ass in the first movie, Maniac Cop (which was part of last year's slasher movie celebration), and makes it kick even more ass in the sequel. The movie starts with the end of the first movie, with the Maniac Cop Matt Cordell (Robert Z'Dar) about to kill unjustly disgraced New York City cop Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) before Forrest's partner/lover Teresa Mallory (Laurene Landon) shows up with a shotgun and tries to kick ass. After a scuffle, Cordell tries to escape via police van but, since he's a hero and all that, Forrest tries to stop him from driving away. Forrest fails, but Cordell ends up driving into a giant wooden pole that slams through the windshield and impales him through the gut. Cordell's van then drives off a pier and into the water below (I am still amazed by this stunt, especially with the way Campbell's stunt double, who I believe is the series stunt coordinator Spiro Razatos, jumps off the side of the truck as it's crashing into the water). The movie then shifts to a few weeks later, with Forrest and Mallory exonerated by the police department (they were accused of a police station massacre in the first movie) and looking to get their jobs back. The police commissioner, Edward Doyle (Michael Lerner), agrees to give them their jobs back on one condition; they have to speak with police psychologist Susan Riley (Claudia Christian) about the Maniac Cop. Both Forrest and Mallory insist that Cordell didn't die in prison and that he's now an unstoppable killer, while Doyle wants them (needs them, really) to admit that they're crazy, that Cordell died in prison and the guy that framed them for murder was really just some big guy with a grudge against the police. Forrest is okay with admitting this as he really wants to get his job back, but Mallory refuses to budge. The Maniac Cop is real and he isn't dead.
Now, as we see after the creepy opening credits, Mallory is right and Cordell isn't dead. He's still out there, killing cops, helping criminals, and looking to get revenge on the bastards that framed him and sent him to die in prison. We see him kill a convenience store clerk (the poor guy just won five grand on a lottery ticket) and kill a traffic cop before going after an unsuspecting Forrest. Poor Jack never sees it coming and ends up getting a night stick blade through the back of the neck while checking out a story in the New York Daily News. It's at this point that we meet, for the second time, Detective Sean McKinney (the immortal Robert Davi), a bad ass cop that hates paperwork. McKinney is brought in to investigate Forrest's murder at the behest of Commissioner Doyle, who is afraid that Mallory is getting closer and closer to blabbing about what she knows about the Maniac Cop. McKinney isn't really down for the investigation, but he's sort of forced into it most likely because he doesn't want to piss off Riley, who needs to pass his psychological test through the system so he doesn't get removed from active duty (police officers involved in shootings must speak with a psychologist afterwards. It's a department regulation).
It's at this point that Riley suddenly gains a bit of a conscience and starts to question the department's official story on the Maniac Cop. Riley agrees to go with Mallory onto a local TV show about criminals (a show hosted by Charles Napier, so you know it's a must see kind of deal) to talk about the case, but before they can get to the studio their cab is attacked by Cordell. After an insane car chase (a car driving around on its rims with sparks shooting everywhere) and a brief chainsaw brawl, Cordell destroys Mallory (a vicious neck snap) and handcuffs Riley to a car and sends her into traffic (if you're not amazed by this stunt there's something seriously wrong with you). Riley survives the attack with a newfound purpose: the Maniac Cop is real, is still alive, and has to be stopped.
Now, with all of that going on, the police department is also hot on the trail of a potential serial killer taking out strippers across the city. This potential serial killer, who is an actual serial killer, is a weirdo named Turkell (the great Leo Rossi). Turkell goes around to various strip clubs, checks out the dancers, and then kills whichever one agrees to accept his one hundred dollar bill. We see Turkell attempt to murder the gorgeous Cheryl (Paula Trickey), only to be interrupted by the Maniac Cop, who manages to save Turkell from being arrested. Turkell strikes up an incredibly weird friendship with Cordell, explaining his motives for stripper killing (the guy has a problem with hot women who dance for money. They're all whores or something) and offering Cordell a place to hang out. They drink (well, Turkell drinks. I'm not sure if Cordell drinks), they compare blades, and they fall asleep together (on opposite sides of the room. Cordell is not gay for Turkell, although Turkell could be gay for Cordell).
In the morning, Cordell leaves Turkell's, Turkell gears up for his next stripper killing, and McKinney and Riley team up to track down Turkell (McKinney was impressed by Riley going on Napier's show and taking Commissioner Doyle to task on the Maniac Cop). McKinney and Riley, along with Detective Lovejoy (Lou Bonacki) and a traumatized Cheryl, travel to various strip clubs looking for Cheryl's attacker. They find Turkell in the first strip club they walk into and arrest him (Riley slams him in the face with her wrist cast). One case down, one more to go, right?
Nope. McKinney and company have no idea that Turkell has teamed up with Cordell, and they have no idea that Cordell is about to come after them. A bloodbath is coming. A major bloodbath.
The rest of the movie is nothing short of a thrill-a-minute. Cordell's attack on police headquarters puts the Terminator's attack on the police in The Terminator to shame, we get another top notch car chase, and we get one of the greatest final sequences in B-movie history: the Maniac Cop's revenge on the prison that tried to kill him. If watching the Maniac Cop walk while on fire doesn't give you goose bumps... I'm getting them right now thinking about it.
I have no idea how Lustig managed to get what he got on camera on such a small budget (imdb claims Maniac Cop 2 had a $4 million budget, bigger than the first flick's budget but not much bigger). It boggles the mind what he could have done with even more money, or why he didn't get the opportunity to direct bigger movies after this one. He probably could have made a $10 million movie look like a $50 million one. Maniac Cop 2 is now, as of this writing, twenty three years old, and is still head and shoulders above most low budget action and horror movies made since. You would think it would have a higher general profile within the low budget genre movie watching world.
The performances are all excellent. Although they leave the movie relatively early, Campbell and Landon rock as Forrest and Mallory. It's fun to see them back in action and it's jarring to see them dispatched so quickly. I know I didn't expect to see Bruce Campbell go out while reading about himself in a newspaper. Thankfully, Davi and Christian are there to pick up the slack and make things watchable. Davi gives one of the greatest performances of his career as Detective McKinney. He's a tough guy, a bit of a smart ass and kind of an asshole (his speech about not feeling sorry about his old partner's suicide is hard to watch), but you root for him because you know he's only interested in justice. His last speech about the difference between a cop and a Maniac Cop will send shivers up your spine. As for Christian, I have no idea why anyone would refuse to talk to her in her office. Even with her hair pulled back she's incredibly hot. If only Lustig could have worked in a topless scene with her, like he did for Trickey's Cheryl.
Z'Dar is iconic as Matt Cordell the Maniac Cop. His size, his walk, everything is perfect. Why he isn't on T-shirts, posters, etc as this character is beyond me. And Rossi gives one of the creepiest performances you're ever going to see as the serial killer Turkell. He's so depraved he will make your skin crawl, and yet you kind of feel sorry for him at the end because he's so absolutely clueless about Cordell. Cordell is a monster, not a man. You can't make friends with him. You just can't.
The great Clarence Williams III shows up as a prisoner who doesn't want to go back to the "death house" and does an outstanding job (the man is hilarious). Charles Napier also puts in a fine performance as TV show host Lew Brady (his "you can't con Con Edison" speech is a classic). Michael Lerner is a total sleazebag as Commissioner Doyle. You want to punch him in the face as soon as he opens his mouth. He also manages to sell one of the least convincing "gun to the head" scenes you will ever see (Lerner's pistol is so tiny it looks like a toy). The great Marco Rodriguez channels his opening scene performance in the classic Cobra with his Convenience Store Robber character here. And Bo Dietl's profane cameo could have lead to its own movie (he's on screen for less than a minute but you will definitely remember him).
And then there's Robert Earl Jones as Harry the newsstand owner. His monologue about what it felt like to touch the Maniac Cop's hand is one of the most chilling monologues in B-movie history (Larry Cohen, no bullshit, deserved an Oscar nomination for this screenplay):
"I lost my sight in combat in Sicily. A German grenade went off in my face. It killed all of the others in the foxhole around me. I laid there for more than a day surrounded by these dead bodies. At night, they froze. Them being on top of me kept me from freezing too. I never thought I'd feel anything like that again. Frozen, dead flesh. Then I touched his hand, just for a second mind you, and I was back there again. With the dead."
Jay Chattaway also deserves major credit for the movie's success, putting together a creepy as hell score that still works today. The Maniac Cop whistle will creep you the hell out the first time you hear it. That's what happened to me.
If you haven't seen Maniac Cop 2, you need to see it as soon as you can. You must see it. It's a classic through and through, a major work of cinema, a kick-ass B-movie that will stand the test of time as one of the greatest of all time. Everything about it is brilliant and perfect. Everything. See it, see it, fucking see it!
Maniac Cop 2! Fuck yeah!
So what do we have here?
Dead bodies: Over 30.
Explosions: Several big ones. The final explosion is insane.
Nudity?: Yes. And it's all lovely, lovely stuff.
Doobage: The ending of Maniac Cop, a creepy junkyard filled with destroyed police cars, shoplifting, a silent alarm, deliberate littering, a winning scratch off lottery ticket, two wicked shotgun blasts, robber killing, a hot police psychologist, Robert Davi shooting a punk, attempted guilt, nightstick flipping, knife through the back of the neck, a funny coroner, a dead stripper, a yuppie douchebag harassing a cop, club to the head, off screen stabbing, a dead body on a tow truck hook, suitcase packing, a very talkative cab driver, a flat tire, an insane car chase where a car drives around on its rims, shooting sparks everywhere, six shots to the chest, chainsaw attack, one of the greatest car stunts in movie history, chainsaw to the hand, a vicious neck snap, a wild flip, a broken wrist, a creepy serial killer, banana tits, a great striptease dance, breaking and entering, attempted trophy as a club, attempted strangulation, cop killing, a creepy nursery rhyme, a blade contest, a naked prison beat down and subsequent knifing flashback to the first movie, clubbing, cast to the face, shooting range hooey, a shooting range massacre, a police headquarters massacre that is second to none, a disguise, police bus theft, neck snap, Molotov cocktail, one of the greatest man on fire gags in movie history (maybe even the best), throwing a man on fire, a nifty little flame burst, knife to the back, an arm fire, face smashing, wall breaking, a fall through a bus roof with massive explosion, a somber funeral, a chilling speech, and a great jump scare.
Kim Richards?: None.
Gratuitous: Ending to Maniac Cop, Marco Rodriguez, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Michael Lerner, Claudia Christian, Robert Davi, a dead Bruce Campbell, Bo Dietl, a flat tire, an insane car chase where the car drives around on its rims shooting up sparks, one of the greatest car stunts in movie history, Charles Napier, Leo Rossi, Frank Pesce, a prison shower naked brawl and stabbing flashback from the first movie, Clarence Williams III, multiple police massacres, multiple car chases, Molotov cocktail attack, one of the great man on fire gags in movie history, a somber police funeral, a chilling speech, and a great jump scare.
Best lines: "Can you believe it? The fucker just won five thousand bucks!," "It wasn't me, man! It was one of you!," "What the hell difference does it make what he was? Because you can't kill the dead!," "Too bad you didn't kill him! Yeah, too much fucking paperwork," "Do you mind if I smoke? Actually I do," "This is bullshit! Why don't you ask Commissioner Doyle who killed Jack?," "I don't buy any of this psychologist stuff. I think you're all full of shit, so you can take your Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and shove them up your ass," "Look, cop or no cop, I own this cab. I'm not gonna fuck it up for anybody," "I knew it! I never should have let cops in my cab!," "Hey, who handcuffed ya, lady? What the hell is going on here?," "And punk, if you're out there listening to this, when it comes time for your execution you can't con Con Edison. Good night," "Of course my typing is getting better, Mom," "I feel like John fucking Wayne!," "That's the cops in the lobby and they're coming up to get you. Don't worry, it's a slow elevator, this is only going to take a minute," "Did you ever see anything so nasty?," "Could you tell me what his hands felt like? Like ice," "Hey you! I want to see my lawyer!," "We got ourselves a serial killer," "Muthafucka! Will you hold it down? Shit!," "What the fuck are you? Barbara Walters?," "You want me to autograph your cast?," "It must be visiting hours because my friend is back!," "Bumper cars!," "You sure are pretty for a cop. You want to integrate?," "Welcome home, Cordell," "Fuck him! Good cop? You're every good cop's nightmare!," "You never cared for me! You're not my friend!," and "There's a piece of Cordell in every cop. Every time arresting some mutt isn't enough because we know he'll be back out on the streets before we get through the paperwork, Every time you pull the trigger and it feels good, because that's something the lawyers can't reverse. It all comes down to justice and pressure. There's only that much difference between a cop and a maniac cop."
Next week: The 6th Annual The Gratuitous B-Movie Column October Slasher Movie Celebration concludes with Hatchet III
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Things to Watch Out For Next Month
On Tuesday, November 19th, the fine folks at Blue Underground will be releasing both Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence in special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo packs. I'm going to assume that the special features (commentaries, documentaries, etc.) will appear on both the Blu-ray and the DVD, but I'm not entirely sure on that (Blu-ray/DVD combo packs always seem to be different). Maniac Cop 3 doe not have a commentary track on it, which is a shame as I would love to hear co-director Bill Lustig's overall assessment of the movie, since he apparently walked off the set at one point in the middle of production and never came back (producer Joel Soisson "finished" the movie). Hopefully the making-of documentary deals with that aspect of the movie's production. And will Lustig's name appear in the credits of part 3, or will we Alan Smithee (amazon shows Smithee)? Since Lustig owns Blue Underground, does he have the ability to do that?
I'm shocked that it has taken this long to get these movies on a DVD with special features. Why didn't Anchor Bay put these movies out in awesome special editions back when Anchor Bay was all about kick-ass horror and genre DVD's?
Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence on Blu-ray/DVD next month! I can't wait!
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TV Quick Hits
- Strike Back Season 3 finale thoughts: The third season of the badass Cinemax action show Strike Back was a huge improvement over the confusing second season, although I'm still not sure the big twist involving Kamali was justified. He was a deep undercover CIA agent, right? And he turned on the CIA because... why? I have a hard time believing that Kamali would turn on the CIA and become a full on member of a terrorist organization. I'd buy him working against both sides, since he's seen just how awful both are, but becoming the leader of Al-Zuhari's organization, faking his own death, etc? Again, I have a hard time buying into that.
I will say, though, that the introduction of Irish criminals made sense here and didn't feel like yet another instance of Hollywood's fascination with "complicated" Irish bad guys. I was shocked that they didn't kill Locke. I'm also shocked that, after Rhona Mitra's character was killed, that Locke didn't buy the farm by the end of the season. If anyone was going to be sprayed in the face with a deadly chemical weapon I figured it would be him.
So Damian Scott has a kid? I think it'll be best for everyone that, after meeting the kid once, that Scott stays the hell away and just sends money. Considering how dangerous his job is and how generally irresponsible outside of that job Scott is I don't see how the kid benefits from any kind of extended relationship. Stonebridge needs to tell Scott what's going down. I know he sees how this could turn into a giant disaster. Scott will listen to him.
Overall, it was a great season, and I can't wait for season four next summer (I guess it's series 5 in the UK). And the upcoming Strike Back: Origins, which is the "real" first season of the show (it aired in the UK back in 2010), should be a hoot. I'm glad that Cinemax decided to buy that first season and put it on the air. It makes me wonder, though, if the show's producers plan on using Origins to set up season four in some way.
- Walking Dead Season 4 premiere thoughts: I haven't seen the second episode of season 4 yet, so there's a chance that the show, which aired a new episode last night, has already dealt with this, but what the hell happened at the end of the first episode? Did that kid die and become a zombie because of some sort of new disease that makes you a zombie, or did that kid have some sort of unknown medical condition that caused him to die and then, because he's dead, become a zombie? Is this the first part of the "game changer" that's supposed to alter the world Rick and everyone else currently lives in? If you can become a zombie without dying or getting bit by a zombie, why bother having hope?
Rick's new farming hobby, at least at the moment, isn't as disturbing as I expected it to be. His uneasiness with a gun is the real disturbing thing, especially when you consider what he knows about the world he lives in. It's filled with goddamn zombies! You need a gun to shoot them in the head! What the hell is going on? I'm going to assume that this is a dramatization of the next stage of Rick's shell shock. What the heck is going to happen next? Is he going to completely shut down?
I hope Carl is a zombie by the end of the season. I have never liked this character, and I dislike him even more now. He's becoming a kind of sociopath, but now that the prison is a kind of controlled environment he can go back to being a kid for a little while? How long is that shit going to last? When is he going to decide that he doesn't want to read comic books anymore and go back to the killing? Again, I hope he becomes a zombie very soon.
The whole "Daryl and Carol" thing is going to end badly. I don't know how it's going to end, but I have a feeling that it isn't going to be pleasant, regardless of what happens. If Daryl manages to survive this season, how much longer is he going to want to stick around? He still comes off as a loner who enjoys being one.
I can't wait to see how this season plays out. What's going to happen at mid-season? Just how bad is it going to get? Will the Governor show up again by then?
- Alaskan Women Looking for Love thoughts: I would like to know who at TLC thought this show was a good idea, or a good enough subject for an ongoing documentary reality series. Maybe if the show had been based in Alaska, where interesting TV things are happening (and by "interesting TV things" I mean "weird looking people," like all of the guys with big beards, the professional fishermen, etc), TLC would have a show worth watching. But a show about a bunch of whiny females going to Miami so they can all then whine some more about how much their lives suck? Who gives a shit? In its current format, this is a three part documentary at best. It is not an ongoing series like Breaking Amish. Not even close.
Why does it seem as though there are so many shows on TV about whiny females whining about how much their lives suck and how they can't find men? Isn't it time for a show where someone tells these women that they're going to have to learn to "settle" for guys who aren't underwear models but then aren't assholes?
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Things to Watch Out For This Week
- Dead in Tombstone: A low budget sort of supernatural horror western starring Danny Trejo, Mickey Rourke, and Anthony Michael Hall? Why the hell wouldn't I want to see it? Low budget westerns, horror or non-horror, are hard to pull off. It looks like they knocked it out of the park with this one, though. Looks awesome.
- Return of the Killer Shrews: This is, I guess, a sequel to the 1959 original, although it seems kind of weird to make a sequel to a movie that old. It would seem more prudent to just sort of redo it. I mean, how many people actually remember the original? Anyway, John Schneider and Bruce Davison are in it, and the trailer isn't too ridiculous, so what the heck? Rent it and check it out.
- Snuff: Bill Lustig's Blue Underground DVD company is releasing this late 1970's horror flick which claims to be a "real snuff film," which, of course, it isn't. It's just a bunch of bullshit. But then when has that stopped any of us from watching anything? And Blue Underground always gives us great DVDs. That's reason enough to want to get it.
- Penance: I guess this is some sort of "found footage" ish torture horror flick? That's what the description on imdb seems to indicate. And that's sort of what the trailer below indicates, too. But is that really what the movie is? I don't know. But the great Tony Todd and Michael Rooker are in it, and that makes it worth checking out. I mean, they wouldn't participate in a movie that didn't make any sense, would they?
The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Douchebag of the Week
This week, The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Douchebag of the Week goes to the racist cops in Philadelphia who were outed as, well, racists this past week via a cell phone video taken during a "stop and frisk." The video, which I have posted below, speaks for itself.
I'm going to assume that the police department and or the city of Philadelphia will be obliged to defend the cops here, but I don't see how they win, either legally or publicly. It's all on tape. There's no question about what happened.
Is it disgraceful, sad, typical, or all of the above? Anyone out there want to venture an opinion?
Up next is Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, for his continued assault on America. Senator Cruz, who for some reason isn't the focus of a far reaching right wing "investigation" into his birthplace and whether or not he's truly an American, took the lead, along with fellow ultra right wing lunatic and U.S. senator Rand Paul, on the recent government shutdown and threat of U.S. default and is essentially threatening to do it all again in a few months. And he will do it all again in a few months (I'm sure Rand will join him, unless he has some other batshit nonsense to do). Why are people impressed with this supremely arrogant piece of shit? I just don't get the draw.
And finally there's the ultra right wing media machine, for complaining about recent polls claiming that the American public holds the Republicans in Congress responsible for the recent government shutdown. It's all lies, the URWMM claims, just one more example of "liberal bias" in the "mainstream media." The public isn't happy with the President, either, so why isn't the liberal media reporting that?
Well, the "liberal media" is reporting on the President's low approval ratings, but since the President's rating isn't as catastrophically awful as that of Congress, he isn't getting as much coverage as Congress. 40%, the last time I checked, is better than 7%.
Yet again the machine engages in total bullshit. How many times is the machine going to be allowed to get away with this? Probably the same number of times the country has a Congressional election and re-elects the incumbent with a low approval rating. Ha.
Indycar and NASCAR thoughts
The 2013 Izod Indycar championship came down to the last race of the season, with the top two in points, Scott Dixon and tax cheat Helio Castroneves the only two drivers with a shot at the title. Dixon had the points lead and a bit of a cushion going into the race at California Speedway, and Castroneves, after a disastrous double header weekend in Houston, had to win the race for any chance at the title. If Castroneves won, Dixon had to finish fifth or better in order to win. When the race started it looked like Castroneves was going to somehow pull the whole thing off, as his Team Penske car was fast and Dixon was mired in the middle of the pack. And then, around halfway, everything changed and suddenly Castroneves was hurting for speed and handling, and Dixon was slowly working his way to the front. Cars were dropping out of the race left and right, with accidents and engine deaths throughout the field. There were debris issues to deal with (every single car sucked up all sorts of crap from the track). By the end of the race there were less than ten cars running. Will Power, who won the pole and dominated the second half of the race, easily picked up his second career oval victory (Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan tried hard to get by Power but they just ran out of time and car) and Dixon managed to avoid all sorts of hooey to win his third career championship.
As expected, it was a great race from start to finish. It was fun watching the cars race in packs on the restarts and then string out as the laps ticked off. I was surprised by the number of engine failures, but then there was all of that debris to deal with. Where the heck did all of that dirt and crap come from? And then there was Will Power. I know he said he was pissed off by what Carpenter said in an interview, but Carpenter didn't say anything all that insulting (Power does have a problem, for whatever reason, with closing the deal on ovals). At least he finally got a chance to kick ass on an oval and win one (he won a doubleheader at Texas, but that wasn't a full race).
Justin Wilson has a broken pelvis, so he won't have a fun off season. And I'd imagine that E.J. Viso, who didn't run at California because of a sickness, could be in big trouble if Venezuela ends up cutting off all international motorsports sponsorships (Michael Andretti certainly won't be as accommodating if Viso doesn't have a big check to give him to fund the team). And James Hinchcliffe certainly dodged a bullet with keeping his seat at Andretti. With Go Daddy leaving the team, what the heck was Hinchcliffe going to do without a major sponsor next year? Thankfully for him United Fiber and Data, whatever the hell that is, agreed to fund him, so he'll be back in 2014. Yeah.
So now the season is over and the off season hooey begins. I'll discuss the 2014 schedule next issue, as I have some definite opinions on the "compressed" schedule that will end on Labor Day weekend. Definite opinions.
Over in NASCAR, Jamie McMurray made it a Chip Ganassi weekend, winning the Sprint Cup race at Talladega by holding off a hard charging Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The "big one" didn't happen, as the drivers "behaved" throughout the day. There were only a few relatively minor accidents, although that last wreck was pretty dang spectacular. Austin Dillon was lucky that he didn't flip several times after hitting the fence while in the air.
I didn't see the Truck race on Saturday, but I did see the big wreck on the final lap on youtube. Is it me, or do the trucks smash into the fence more on the plate tracks than the Cup or Nationwide cars?
Martinsville is up next for both the Sprint Cup and Camping World Trucks Series, with the Trucks racing on Saturday afternoon and the Cup cars racing on Sunday afternoon. Will Jimmie Johnson kick ass like usual at the Virginia half-mile, or will Matt Kenseth finally figure out how to win there? It'll be interesting to see what happens.
Well, I think that'll be about it for this issue. B-movies rule, always remember that.
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Maniac Cop 2
Robert Davi- Detective Sean McKinney Claudia Christian- Susan Riley Michael Lerner- Commissioner Edward Doyle Bruce Campbell- Jack Forrest Laurene Landon- Teresa Mallory Robert Z'Dar- Matt Cordell Leo Rossi- Turkell Clarence Williams III- Blum Lou Bonacki- Detective Lovejoy Paula Trickey- Cheryl Charles Napier- Lew Brady Robert Earl Jones- Harry Bo Dietl- Detective Frank Pesce- Strip Club M.C. Marco Rodriguez- Convenience Store Robber
Directed by William Lustig Screenplay by Larry Cohen
Distributed by Blue Underground
Rated R for graphic violence, adult language, and nudity. Runtime- 90 minutes