“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Monday, June 30, 2014
Psycho Cop (1989)
How bad is it? It's wretched. Should you see it? No.
The similar "Maniac Cop" was okay and "Maniac Cop 2" actually was a little better, but this film and its sequel are terrible. A psychopathic killer in a cop uniform kills young people for no reason. There's one sentence of exposition very late in the film that says whether he's really a cop and gives (slight) motivation. The acting is abysmal, even for this kind of film. After the first few minutes of menacing, when the cop finally speaks, all the mystery and suspense is gone. His few lines aren't even the one-liners one expects in the genre. Then it's just hatchets to foreheads. The victims aren't interesting either. And there's nothing else to recommend it. It is well filmed, however; the cinematographer was obviously a pro.