SCANNER COP II: VOLKINS REVENGE
SCANNERS: THE SHOWDOWN
The plot for Scanner Cop II: Volkin's Revenge comes from Mark Sevi has a reputation as a low-budget scriptwriter he churned out Ghoulies IV (1993), Class of 1999 II: The Substitute (1994), Arachnid (2001), Pterodactyl (2005) and several Relentless sequels, among others. Scanner Cop II: Volkin's Revenge is fairly moronic in fact, it is the worst of the Scanners sequels. It takes over half the film for the hero to work out that Volkin is a psychic vampire, something the audience has already known from the beginning. The demonstrations of scanner power are a catalogue of absurdities, the height of which is surely the scene where Daniel Quinn performs psychic heart fibrillation on Khrystyne Haje.
The ludicrousness of these scenes is heightened by the reliance on John Carl Buechler for the head-popping effects. [John Carl Buechler is the provider of cheapjack makeup effects for many B and Z-movie productions, including the Ghoulies series]. Buechlers various head-poppings and psychic meltdowns lack even the slightest conviction the worst here being the dissolving of a pickpocket in a darkened alley. The film inevitably climaxes with the hero blowing the villains head off. The fact that Scanner Cop II: Volkin's Revenge is a fantasy film hardly disguises the basic sadism of the act. If in any action film, the show climaxed with Schwarzenegger or Stallone blowing the lead villains head off with a shotgun at point blank range and was directed in a way that dwelt upon every detail of the shooting, the film would be condemned as unduly sadistic, yet seems to excused here because the film is a fantasy exercise.
Among the cast, Daniel Quinn appears an amazingly canny ringer for a younger Brad Dourif, although is far too young to carry the film. Patrick Kilpatrick projects a monosyllabic villainy effectively, although all the leering he engages in as he is supposed to devour the lifeforce of the other scanners is over-the-top.
Director Steve Barnett also made Emmanuelle V (1987), Hollywood Boulevard II (1989), Mindwarp (1992) and Mission of Justice (1992). These days he works as a post-production supervisor.