|PSYCHO COP (director/writer: Wallace Potts; cinematographer: Mark Walton ; editor: Ian McVey ; music: Alex Parker/Keyth Pisani; cast: Bobby Ray Shafer (Joe Vickers), Jeff Qualle (Doug), Palmer Lee Todd (Laura), Dan Campbell (Eric), Cynthia Guyer (Julie), Linda West (Sarah), Greg Joujon-Roche (Zack); Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Cassian Elwes/Jessica Rains; Southgate Entertainment; 1989)|
dumb slasher film."
by Dennis Schwartz
dumb slasher film written and directed by Wallace
Potts ("Dude"/"Demi-Gods"/"More, More
and More"). It reminds one of Maniac Cop (1989).
police officer Joe Vickers (Bobby Ray Shafer) is not
only a devil-worshipping killer cop with a maniacal
laugh, but is an escaped mental patient who was hired
evidently without going through a background check by
a backwater town. The wisecracking lunatic follows in
his patrol car six college teens, Doug
(Jeff Qualle), Eric (Dan Campbell), Zack (Greg
Joujon-Roche) and their respective girlfriends Sarah
(Linda West), Julie (Cynthia Guyer) and Laura
(Palmer Lee Todd), as they vacation for the weekend
in a remote luxurious cabin in the
woods. The crazed officer, on a mission from the
Devil, butchers the estate caretaker with his own
axe and tries taking down all the teens one at a
time. When only two teens are left, it's showtime.
Survivor Doug saves the day by throwing a tree
branch through the cop's chest. The pic ends as
ridiculously as could be expected for such a
filmmaker shoots for black humor through the murders.
In one murder sequence the cop shoves
his billy club down a victim’s throat and says: “You
have the right to remain silent.” In another murder,
Vickers lures Julie into the woods by placing her
stolen hairbrush in the woods. When she retrieves
it, he runs her over with his patrol car. Some
viewers might find such killings a scream.
was a sequel in 1993.
REVIEWED ON 7/12/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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