Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

Jason Lives! may had revitalised the slasher genre with its censor-defying brand of meta humour, but William Lustig’s Maniac Cop 2 elevated it to a whole new level.

Robert Z’ Dar’s Matt Cordell is perhaps the genre’s most underappreciated seek-and-destroy killer, an immovable and irrepressible brute, who in 1988’s Maniac Cop, returned to enact vengeance on those city officials who had wronged him […]

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A Nightmare on Elm Street – NES

At the turn of the 1990’s, Fred Krueger was on the Christmas lists of children across America.

Yes, that’s the same razor-fingered child killer with the burnt face and darkly sexual wit. Sure, he had softened quite considerably since his cinematic debut back in 1984, but his primary purpose – if you exclude selling crappy merchandise by the bucket load – was to stalk children in their dreams and find increasingly elaborate ways to kill them. So, how did we get to this point, I hear you ask? […]

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Class of 1999 (1990)

By the mid 1980’s gang violence had become a serious problem for American society.

With the emergence of crack cocaine, a relatively cheap and highly addictive drug, street gangs were able to turn a tidy profit and become real players in the world of organised crime. By 1980, rival gangs the Crips and the Bloods had grown to have an estimated 15,000 members, the bulk of them kids aged between 14 and 24 […]

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Robocop 2 (1990)

Back in 1987, the BBFC had quite a movie on their hands.

Robocop was an ultra-violent affair of dripping flesh, hardcore drug abuse and attempted rape, which although extravagantly overblown was not as far from reality as its embellishments would have you believe. Most disconcerting was a scene in which the movie’s protagonist was systematically mutilated with a series of highly graphic shotgun blasts […]

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