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like any sequel this one goes way over the top lets look at other examples "the Punisher"(2004) serious and well paced now lets look and the second punisher movie "Punisher: war zone" outrageous, insane, campy, more violent then the first, fast, and well etc (and yes i know they are both different plots but it was still very over the top) . and need i have to say with "Mad Max" and its over the top sequel "Road Warrior". Now exterminator 2 is no dark knight or some Oscar winning movie that people always seem to expect, it is a very entertaining movie. the exterminator is one of the most underrated anti- heroes ever created and its a shame to. this movie never came out on DVD and the only possible way to see it is on VHS. its is way different from the first exterminator its more upbeat, campy, and it has a video game feeling to it which gets help from its soundtrack which sounds something out of a genesis game. but that doesn't mean the movie isn't dark, it is high on violence and unlike the first one john eastwood aka the exterminator is more humanized. in the movie he is given a girlfriend and he runs into one of his other Nam buddies but when all seems well a gang comes along to destroy this little happy story and its up to him to stop them. and let me tell u this even thou the director never went to film school or did other movie work beside producing the first film he did a good enough job making this feature. now i'm not saying this movie is for everyone but i do say this if you like the first one then this one is a fair sequel, i don't think it should have a frickin 2.5 out of 10 this movie is great and i hope it gets release on DVD soon bc hell if slaughter high or even don't go in the woods get released on DVD then this one should too.
As a movie itself, Exterminator 2 is pretty bad. But, that doesn't stop
it from being an awesomely awful 80's action flick. Thanks to the
Action Movie 4 Pack that was just released, Exterminator 2 has come to
DVD. I'm a huge fan of the first movie- it was a great, brutal,
visceral vigilante flick. The Exterminator was taking out the trash of
the streets in crafty, violent, and satisfying ways. This time around,
he has somehow donned a flamethrower.
The plot is fairly simple: Baddies are back at it in New York and the leader of a gang, X, wants to take over the city. The Exterminator, of course, gets involved and exterminates all the bad guys.
The movie has it's moments, but for the most part loses the gritty and grimy feeling the first had, and was so well known for. The soundtrack is hilarious; if I had been in a different room I would honestly think someone was playing Super Nintendo. I'm one hundred percent serious about that too, the soundtrack sounds like it was ripped *straight* from a Super Nintendo game, and I guarantee anyone who's played Super Nintendo will agree with me.
Though what the movie lacks compared to it's predecessor, it makes up with how fun it is. Robert Ginty all mocked up in a over-sized welder's mask and massive flamethrower frying the street scum for 90 minutes works well, but it becomes slow at times. The end showdown between The Exterminator and X is awesome, and makes up for the boring portions. Oh, and there's also a random, totally unnecessary sex scene, pushing the movie into the boundaries of "Stereotypical Action Movie" category.
Overall, this movie is fun by itself, and I'm sure a lot more fun with a couple buddies who are ready and willing to rip on it. I will certainly be bringing this flick to my next get together with friends, and I'm sure great times are to be had.
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Robert Ginty returns as John Eastland, the ex-Vietnam veteran turned
vigilante hero from the first film in this inferior sequel.
This time around he comes to odds with a street gang led by Mario Van Peebles appearing here as a character named simply 'X' who makes Eastland's life that bit more miserable when he and his gang decide on a hostile take over of the city.
In addition, they further manage to antagonise our hero by firstly kneecapping his girlfriend and then a bit later on murdering her in her apartment! Understandably mightily vexed by this decidedly anti sociable behaviour, our man decides to take drastic action and sets about wiping the villainous buggers out! This time around he is aided by a buddy and his dumper truck although as a word of advice; don't get too attached to his pal ..
It has to be said that the film isn't a patch on its forerunner with generally toned down violence, almost comically clichéd villains and some truly awful and distracting music throughout.
The action scenes to, whilst more elaborate here, are still nowhere near as engaging as in the previous film.
Still, having said the above, our hero certainly looks more striking here having taken to wearing a welders mask and now utilising a flame thrower as his weapon of choice. In fact the image of this faceless, merciless killer is indeed very memorable in the same way that the white mask wearing Michael Myers is to the Halloween films, the Hockey mask wearing Jason Vorhees is to the Friday The 13th movies or the icon of the green and red jumper and the knife fingered glove of Freddy Kruegar is to the Nightmare On Elm Street films.
Overall, as it stands, the movie is mildly enjoyable with a number of fairly exciting scenes involving Eastland torching the bad guys to cinders, however, as a sequel to such a great original it falls rather flat.
As a final note though COOL Break dancing!
Oh boy, where to start with this one? Well, I'll start off by pointing out
how the movie seems determined not to be a sequel! Yes, Ginty returns and is
supposedly playing the same character. But hang on a minute - remember how
the previous movie ended? Knowing that, there is NO WAY Ginty's character
could be continuing to slaughter criminals undetected by the authorities,
especially after several years have passed. As well, it's difficult at times
to see this as the same guy from the first movie when this time around,
Ginty's character hardly says a word, seems to have no real motivation, and
no real life. Sure, he has a girlfriend, and meets and pairs up with a
friend, but what do we learn about him from this? Nothing! It's as if he's
walking around in his sleep.
The unfolding of the "plot" is equally light and pointless. There are many scenes that seems to have no purpose except to extend the running time to 88 minutes (including the closing credits - a suspiciously short running time). We are expected to hate Peebles' character just because he is seen killing people and committing other crimes - when he talks, he doesn't say anything we haven't heard from a generic bad guy before. He just comes out of nowhere, makes trouble, and the passing-by Ginty hunts him and his gang members one by one. The end. That may sound overly simplified, but really the plot isn't that much more elaborate than that.
The editing is terrible, with scenes mish-mashed together with almost randomness, and with important moments missing (just HOW did the gang stop and take over the armored car?) Observing this almost incoherent editing, some big continuity bloopers (keep your eye on Peebles' hair!), and a climatic sequence between Ginty and Peebles that suspiciously looks like it was NOT the original one filmed, I came to the conclusion that some really big problems arose during filming. This seemed even more likely when the first credit during the closing credits read "Additional scenes directed by William Sachs".
Is there anything positive to find here? Well, the production values, though still pretty cheap, are a few steps above what they were in the original movie. As well, there are a couple of shots of burned corpses that are surprisingly gruesome. But a pretty look and scorched flesh do not a film make. At least by themselves, as it is in this case.
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Troubled Vietnam vet John Eastland (Ginty) returns in this Cannon-made
sequel. For those that don't know, Eastland has been dubbed by the
media as "The Exterminator" because he goes around the streets of New
York City with a flamethrower, taking the law into his own hands and
roasting street punks into a pile of ash. His friend Be Gee (Faison)
drives a garbage truck for Knight Waste Removal and offers John a job.
Plus he and his dancer girlfriend Caroline have a budding romance. It
seems all is looking up for the termina...er..I mean EXTERMINATOR, but
there's a problem: the charismatic leader of a criminal underworld
named simply X (Van Peebles). This guy has messiah-like delusions and
is a ruthless commander of seemingly every punk in the city. X doesn't
take kindly to Eastland barbecuing his compatriots, so all-out war is
declared. Eastland is putting a serious dent in X's ambitions to
control the city entirely, a lot of which is dependent on his drug
dealing involving the local Mafia. When Caroline is assaulted by X's
gang, shattering her dreams of dancing on Broadway, John and Be Gee
soup up the garbage truck Gauntlet-style and go for the ultimate
revenge yet: X himself.
Exterminator 2 is the only directorial credit for Mark Buntzman, and there is a certain lack of confidence behind the camera that that would imply. Plus different countries have different cuts, many have the more violent scenes trimmed. It is said the Greek VHS is the most intact to date. But despite some of its technical flaws, the movie has great 80's atmosphere and music that cannot be duplicated today. X and his gang wear some of the best outfits since Knights of the City (1985). Interestingly, there are some great break dancing scenes in the movie too, which bring up the level of interest for the viewer.
Faison as Be Gee is lovable and sympathetic, especially for this down-and-dirty type of exploitation film. The name of his truck, "Knight Waste Removal" is a not-too-subtle representation of the movie itself: He and/or Ginty is the "Knight" in shining armor (or some kind of armor) that will save the day, and "Waste Removal" clearly implies X's gang of no-good-niks. They even put one in the trash compactor, and at one point while they are cruising around in the truck, and they spy some baddies, Be Gee says "looks like there's some trash right there".
Ginty is as taciturn as ever but that's why we love him. Plus his alter-ego "The Exterminator" is just too awesome for words. You want to stand up and cheer every time he appears on screen with his metal mask, brandishing his flames of death. Playing a complementary opposite to Ginty's phlegmatic nature is the bombastic, over-the-top Van Peebles as X. His big line, which he says more than once, is "I am the streets!" He makes a great bad guy because of his energetic performance.
Pretty gritty, fans of revenge movies or 80's nostalgia will like Exterminator 2, and if you are a big fan of both, like me, any flaws the film may have are glossed over nicely.
NOTE: It was released on VHS in the U.S. on one of those silver MGM-Cannon big boxes, with a stated running time of 88 minutes. Presumably due to the aforementioned cuts, it just barely reaches that time even after the slow-moving end credits.
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Rugged Vietnam veteran vigilante John Eastland (Robert Ginty in sturdy stoical form) goes after crazed gang leader X (gleefully overplayed with lip-licking wicked relish by Mario Van Peebles) and his band of reprehensible hoodlums. Eastland drives around the streets of New York City in a garbage truck and torches the scumbags with a flamethrower. Director/co-writer Mark Buntzman relates the enjoyably scuzzy story at a snappy pace, maintains a tough gritty tone throughout, makes good use of the seamy urban locations, certainly doesn't hold back on the brutal graphic violence, and tosses in some gnarly break-dancing for good measure. Foxy brunette Deborah Geffner contributes an appealing turn as Eastland's sweet dancer girlfriend Caroline. (Geffner earns extra points for not only cutting loose with some impressively fluid and graceful dance moves, but also for baring her lovely breasts in a love scene with Eastland.) Frankie Faison likewise shines with his engaging portrayal of Eastland's amiable buddy Be Gee. Moreover, the bad guys are truly hateful, nasty, and disgusting, with David Buntzman as a sinister old Mafia guy, the hulking Irwin Keyes as chain-brandishing thug Monster, and Arye Gross as the weaselly Turbo rating as definite despicable villains. The polished cinematography by Robert M. Baldwin and Joseph Mangine boasts lots of strenuous slow motion and gives the picture a pleasing slick look. David Spear's pulsating score hits the funky-throbbing spot. While this sequel never recaptures the sterling harsh edge of the fierce original, it nonetheless possesses a cheerfully crude'n'cheesy cartoonish quality that's a lot of mindless fun to behold. Vintage 80's action exploitation sleaze.
This movie reminds me of a Troma film (e.g. Toxic Avenger) with higher production values. It's not apathetically bad; it embraces its cornball center, staying barely a step ahead of camp, and is thoroughly enjoyable. Early 80's gangs wearing costumes with a disco/Mad Max theme, in a solemn torchlit procession carrying the driver of an armored car into the subways to make him a sacrifice on the train tracks, several of them topless (male) with suspenders, set to an energetic synthesizer soundtrack that sounds like it could have been written for a Nintendo game.. it has to be seen to be believed. Probably inspired by Michael Jackson's video "Beat It".
In the world of vigilante films, the Exterminator series can certainly
hold its own against many others. But while having a fairly violent
panache about it, "Exterminator 2" lacks some of the bits of grit and
depth the original had.
In this sequel, Robert Ginty reprises his role as the ex-vet turned crime-killing vigilante. But when the Exterminator kills the brother of a revolutionary-minded gang leader, he'll find his private war on crime will become a lot more personal and costly!
Unlike the first film, this one is much more uneven in the delivery of the story. Some of the character relationships and connections are never properly developed. As a result, it lacks some of the raw emotion of the first film. Also, I missed having the point of view of the cop out to stop him. It was a dynamic that really helped to drive the drama and tension in the original. But here, no such dynamic exists. Writer/Director Mark Buntzman tries to fill such voids with the love story between the Exterminator and an exotic dancer with bigger dreams (played by Deborah Geffner), even to the point of putting in a less than necessary sex scene, perhaps to help punch up the exploitative and sleaze factors, but it just doesn't make the grade. Whereas the first film had more grit and complexity to it, this one never even gets close to anything like that. It's all a much more straight-forward affair, that doesn't try to go beyond being a b-grade action film.
That isn't to say there is nothing of enjoyment here. The film does have an ample amount of violence, as you would expect in a vigilante story. The opening scene in the liquor store and the Exterminator's "untimely" arrival is among the most visceral moments in the film and hearkens back a little to the original. Veteran character actor, Frankie Faison, fits in nicely as Ginty's "Man Friday." And Mario Van Peebles does all he can with the one-dimensional villain known simply as "X." The final cat-and-mouse battle between him and the Exterminator was very well done. The film does a decent job on the action stuff, which makes up a little, but not all, of the lacking in other areas the film has.
In a lot of ways, "Exterminator 2" falls into the pitfall many sequels do: They don't really give enough flavor to it, to make doing it feel like a worthwhile effort. It is just a pale and flame-scorched reflection of the original and it shows. It's not horrible, by any means, but it feels a little bland and formulaic. It lacks the depth and hardiness of the original. Genre fans will probably get some mild enjoyment from this outing. Otherwise, you are better off to stick with the first one. It is easily the better of the two!
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Cannon Inc. was well-known for taking movies that were once successful
and making sequels out of them, movies like Death Wish or Superman, but
The Exterminator was one of those cases were the film was exploitation
to begin with, so they aren't messing with anyone by making the movies
The Exterminator 2 it's even crazier and cheesier than the original movie, but it manages to be decent and keep the sleaziness intact, this film it's not very apologetic with it's violence, people die all the time, it's crude and reckless.
Some of the scenes may feel a bit clunky or pointless, the editing may be sloppy at times, but that's because Cannon wasn't pleased with the original cut of the film by Mark Buntzman, so they decided to re shoot a big part of the film with William Sachs (B-movie director, known mostly for The Incredible Melting Man) as the new director, the result was very decent for what it was, with the film not suffering much from the re shoots, at least, through most of the film.
The cheesiness is high in this one, with the gangs from the city being much more exaggerated than they were in the previous film, the deaths being more fitting to this kind of film, and it isn't a Cannon film without some gratuitous roller skate dancing in it.
Since it's a Cannon film the action in this movie it's pretty fun, the shootouts are very entertaining and quite intense at times, especially the last one, that serves as a climax to the film, followed by a clunky editing job, but that leads to a very well made closing shot.
Overall, I would recommend it if you are looking for a cheesy and trashy 80's vigilante movie, it will not disappoint.
The man with the flamethrower, vigilante John Eastland (Robert Ginty) returns to drink a beer in a bar and to fry some more villains. Between two fries, he finds some time to make love with a very tender dancer at the bar, Caroline(Deborah Geffner). "Attractions" this time: a garbage truck that makes cleaning among villains, a coffin with drugs and others not so very well inspired. It has a lot of music in it, it is clear that the director (Mark Buntzman) or the producers liked 80s music, especially the breakdance genre. In fact, all the film can be considered a long music video with some action (fries) in between. The actors are questionable if not lamentable. Deborah Geffner is most compelling. Noted John Turturro in a minor role. Just to have a sequel, as usual, much lower than the first part.
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