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Exterminator 2

Exterminator 2 is a silly and tiresome revenge actioner. Mark Buntzman, who produced the original, here wears (and shares with William Sachs) too many hats, ending up with a contradictory mishmash.

Exterminator 2 is a silly and tiresome revenge actioner. Mark Buntzman, who produced the original, here wears (and shares with William Sachs) too many hats, ending up with a contradictory mishmash.

Reprising his title as Vietman vet Johnny Eastland, an uncomfortable Robert Ginty is supposedly spurred into renewed vigilante action when his flashdancing girlfriend Caroline (Deborah Geffner) is murdered by all-purpose punks, led by a messianic leader (‘I am the streets’) X (Mario Van Peebles).

Eastland is teamed with an old mate from Vietnam, Be Gee (Frankie Faison), your friendly neighborhood black garbageman who eagerly endorses Eastland’s murderous cleanup policy.

Generally, the sadistic element of the first film (which had Ginty ingeniously feeding bad guys to a meatgrinder, etc.) has been toned down. Geffner gets to show her nude body and dancing ability, while acting honors go to Van Peebles. Why it took such a huge crew (over 300 people are credited with behind-the-camera contributions) to make a B-picture is mighty strange.

Exterminator 2

  • Production: Cannon. Director Mark Buntzman, William Sachs; Producer Mark Buntzman, William Sachs; Screenplay Mark Buntzman, William Sachs; Camera Bob Baldwin, Joseph Mangine; Editor Marcus Nanton, George Norris; Music David Spear; Art Director Mischa Petrow, Virginia Field
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 89 MIN.
  • With: Robert Ginty Mario Van Peebles Deborah Geffner Frankie Faison Scott Randolph Reggie Rock Bythewood
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