Psycho Cop Returns (1993)
Director: Adam Rifkin
Writer: Dan Povenmire
Cast: Robert R. Shafer, Barbara Niven, Rod Sweitzer
MPAA Rating: R
Synopsis: A serial killer powered by Satan terrorizes a group of yuppies and some strippers in an office building. The gimmick: He's pretending to be a cop.
Review: Why do I love Psycho Cop Returns as much as I do? It's probably because the film was secretly directed by the always-amusing Adam Rifkin. His 1993 outing as Rif Coogan has a really weird manic energy to it, not unlike the director's criminally ignored 1991 masterpiece The Dark Backward. All of the characters seem slightly unreal, as though they were somehow filtered through a mile-high stack of uncut cocaine. While the killer's victims are amusing in their own right, it's Robert R. Shafer's turn as a psychotic police officer that really stands out. The guy's over-the-top performance, combined with some of the worst one-liners ever manufactured, make the shakier moments all worthwhile. Psycho Cop Returns was reportedly hacked to pieces before its release, which makes locating an uncut copy more than a little difficult. If you're willing to do the work and shell out a few bucks, Psycho Cop Returns is definitely worth the investment. This thing was a staple of my Cinemax days, and it's just as much fun now as it was back then. No joke: One of my favorite horror movies.
Recipe For Success: Adam Rifkin's Patented Weirdness + Robert R. Shafer's Lovably Odd Performance + All of the Gratuitous Boobs and Gore You Could Possibly Want.