Psycho Cop Returns (1992) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Adam Rifkin
Starring: Miles Dougal, Nick Vallelonga,Barbara Niven
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome
Officer Joe Vickers (Robert R. Shafer) is the meanest and deadliest cop in LA, leaving behind a never-ending stream of bloodied bodies, in the name of justice. The fact that he also happens to be a Satan worshiping member of the undead doesn’t help much either. After overhearing some office workers discussing a secret drug and sex filled after-hours party they’re planning to host that night, Vickers decides to take the law into his own hands, disposing of the rebel rousers in a series of gruesome ways. Will the hapless partiers be able to outsmart and survive his brutal tactics before the night is through?
I didn’t know what to expect heading into Psycho Cop Returns. After all, I had never even seen the original film, Pyscho Cop, but now after seeing this, I can safely say that seeing the first is totally not required for having a blast watching Psycho Cop Returns. This is a slasher that manages to do something a little different from the more common slasher. We have a killer that is sort of a ripoff of Maniac Cop, but he’s dropping one-liners like Freddy and he’s stalking and slashing rich office folks in a building instead of a house or the woods. At the start of the film, our Psycho Cop overhears two guys talking about a wild office party with women, weed, and more. This is more than enough for him to start a cat and mouse game with them and when the kills do start they aren’t half bad either. I admit that I’m such a slasher fan that I can usually give a pass to just about any of them, but this one sticks out in a very good way and is loads of fun. We have nudity, we have a cool killer, and we have gore. That is the essentials of a slasher and they are all here in full in Psycho Cop Returns.
The only real thing Psycho Cop Returns does wrong as far as slasher-metrics goes is it doesn’t have a solid final girl. Yes, we have one but for the most part, we’re just following the guys and they aren’t the most likable fellows you’ve ever seen on film. When our girl is there we naturally have more fun in the chase game in the film because, well, she’s hot. I’m not sure why we don’t have more of her in the film, but that is really the only complaint I can find after seeing the film. Other than that, it is a fun and crazy ride from start to finish and I really have no idea why we didn’t get more Psycho Cop films. We get a cool “making of” feature on this disc as well that tells a very interesting story of how this one came to be. I have no idea who owns the rights to Pyscho Cop, but I really wish Vinegar Syndrom could get their hands on it because if this release shows us anything it is that it will get a great release from them. Here we have a cool little slasher film that is different in mostly a good way and a great transfer of the film as well, as you can see with the screenshots.
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– Region free Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm vault elements
– Commentary track with Director Adam Rifkin
– “Habeas Corpus” – a 43 minute documentary on the making of PSYCHO COP RETURNS, featuring brand new interviews with: Adam Rifkin (Director), Robert R. Shafer (Lead Actor), Dan Povenmire (Screenwriter), Peter Schink (Editor), Miles Dougal (Co-Star), Rod Sweitzer (Co-Star), Nick Vallelonga (Co-Star), Barbara Niven (Co-Star) and Melanie Good (Co-Star)
– “The Victims of Vickers” – featurette with SFX Artist Mike Tristano
– Cover artwork by Chris Garofalo
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH Subtitles
Quality of Transfer: 90%