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Psycho Cop (1989)

Six college students on their weekend vacation are humiliated and killed one by one by a psycho cop.

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Wallace Potts

Writer:

Wallace Potts
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert R. Shafer ... Officer Joe Vickers (as Bobby Ray Shafer)
Jeff Qualle Jeff Qualle ... Doug
Palmer Lee Todd Palmer Lee Todd ... Laura
Dan Campbell ... Eric
Cindy Guyer ... Julie (as Cynthia Guyer)
Linda West Linda West ... Sarah
Greg Joujon-Roche Greg Joujon-Roche ... Zack
Bruce Melena Bruce Melena ... Cop #1
Glenn Steelman Glenn Steelman ... Cop #2
Julie Araskog Julie Araskog ... Dead Woman
Denise Hartman Denise Hartman ... Barbara / Cop #3
David L. Zeisler David L. Zeisler ... Greg / Cop #4
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Storyline

Officer Joe Vickers would probably make a good policeman if it weren't for his two nasty habits. Firstly, he is a devoted satanist; secondly - he likes to kill people. When he meets a group of teenagers spending their vacation in a wood hut, he decides to investigate... Written by Jaromir "Vassago" Krol <jaromirk@kr.onet.pl>

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He Always Gets His Man ... And Everyone Else. See more »

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Psychocop See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Production Co:

Smoking Gun See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Although the character of "The Caretaker" doesn't survive beyond the first reel, he is referred to over thirty times throughout the rest of the film. See more »

Goofs

Moments after Erik opens a new can of beer in Doug's face, he is seen shaking the can quizzically and then tossing it away. This is followed by the sound of an empty can hitting the ground. See more »

Quotes

Cop #1: According to psychiatric records, Henley - Vickers - came from a broken home, abused child. Police were always being called in to break up fights. State finally got custody of him during his formative years. It was then that Henley came to believe God was on his side and would always take care of him. Then when the state kicked him out on the street, Henley came to believe that God had deserted him. And that's when he turned to Satan.
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Referenced in Habeas Corpus: The Making of 'Psycho Cop Returns' (2017) See more »

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ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!
5 April 2004 | by ibanez747See all my reviews

Oh God, where do I begin with this one. (Deep breath...) I am shocked and chagrined that this masterwork has not seen the light of day for a DVD release. I would love to hear B.R. Shafer's commentary on how he came up with those hilarious one liners.

In a nutshell, a group of personal friends run to the hills for some boozin' and relaxation. Their only two concerns seems to be misplaced beer and the caretaker. They missed one...a devil-worshipping cop who is on the loose and filled with one-liners and bag of tricks on how to kill. Officer Vicker's one line cliches are timely and very funny. The movie is not scary or frightening. It wasn't meant to be since it was written diligently by Wallace Potts on a weekend. It was directed and produced by Potts in about a fortnight. The attire worn by the cast is appropriate for an 80's slasher flick and adds to the air of comedy surrounding this film.

The deaths. The deaths are silly, but he employs a variety of methods as a means to killing these youths. Especially when he rips a guy's heart out and follows it with "Have a heart. HA HA". This adds to the brilliance of this movie. I prefer this movie over Manic Cop by Bill Lustig.

Overall, a night of laughter and comments like "I cant believe I'm watching this" will fill your living room as you watch this film.

Score: 10 out of 10 -- NOTE: a 6 pack should be consumed before and an additional 6 pack should be consumed during.


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