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Scanner Cop II (1995)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | Video 16 May 1995
A demonic 'scanner' terrorizes Los Angeles and the only person who can stop him may not have the neurons for the job.

Director:

Steve Barnett

Writers:

David Cronenberg (characters), Mark Sevi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Quinn ... Detective Samuel Staziak
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Karl Volkin
Khrystyne Haje ... Carrie Goodart
Stephen Mendel ... Detective Jim Mullins
Robert Forster ... Captain Jack Bitters
Brenda Swanson Brenda Swanson ... Glory Avionis
Jerry Potter Jerry Potter ... Sheriff Jake
Jewel Shepard ... Nurse
Tony Fasce Tony Fasce ... Pickpocket Jones
Terrie Snell ... Washer Woman
Jim Blumetti ... Old Cop
Eric Chambers ... Young Cop
Evan MacKenzie ... J.J.
Barbara Tarbuck ... Rachel Staziak
Eugene Robert Glazer ... Institute Director (as Eugene Glazer)
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Storyline

A scanner cop tracks a renegade scanner, who is building his power by siphoning the power of other weaker scanners. For those, who have not yet seen any of the scanner series, a scanner is a mind controller. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language, sci-fi violence and gore | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scanner Cop II: Volkin's Revenge See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (FotoKem)
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Trivia

"Scanner Cop II" was released on DVD by Seville Pictures in Canada under the "Scanners: The Showdown" title in 2005 alongside "Scanner Cop". See more »

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Spun-off from Scanners (1981) See more »

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Not bad of its type.
5 October 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Karl Volkin (Patrick Kilpatrick) is a vengeance-crazed Scanner who's escaped from prison, and is hellbent on striking back at heroic Scanner cop Samuel Staziak (Brad Dourif look alike Daniel Quinn). What he does to work towards this end is suck the life out of other Scanners, leaving them twisted, burning hunks of flesh. He hopes to become even more powerful than his nemesis, and stops at nothing.

This is actually a pretty good B movie, made with competence (if not flamboyance) at every level. Its story, concocted by Mark Sevi, is ultimately very routine, but director Steve Barnett does keep us entertained. It's amusing, as it always is with these movies, to watch actors make all manner of faces as they unleash their devastating mental abilities. Volkin leaves quite the trail of bodies behind him, so viewers can take comfort in a respectable body count, as well as some reasonably impressive (if protracted) makeup effects sequences devised by John Carl Buechler and his company.

The cast gives it their best effort. Quinn is a decent enough good guy, but he's outshone by veteran movie villain Kilpatrick, who's fun to watch. A number of recognizable actors pop up along the way, although Robert Forster is given precious little to do as Staziaks' superior officer. Khrystyne Hage ('Head of the Class'), Stephen Mendel, Brenda Swanson, Jerry Potter, and Jewel Shepard ("The Return of the Living Dead") co-star, while Eugene Robert Glazer ('La Femme Nikita'), Allan Kolman (Cronenbergs' "Shivers"), Aaron Lustig ("Bad Channels"), and none other than Kane Hodder have small parts.

A worthy follow up to "Scanner Cop".

Seven out of 10.


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