The flamethrower-wielding vigilante John Eastland returns to rid New York City of a drug lord and his gang.


Mark Buntzman





Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Ginty ... John Eastland
Mario Van Peebles ... X
Deborah Geffner ... Caroline
Frankie Faison ... Be Gee
Scott 'Slo-motion' Randolph Scott 'Slo-motion' Randolph ... Eyes (as Scott Randolf)
Reggie Rock Bythewood ... Spider
Bruce Smolanoff ... Red Rat
David Buntzman David Buntzman ... Head Mafioso
Kenny Marino Kenny Marino ... Tony
Derek Evans Derek Evans ... Squealer
Irwin Keyes ... Monster
Robert Louis King Robert Louis King ... Philo
Arye Gross ... Turbo
Janet Rotblatt ... Mom
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Pop


The flamethrower-wielding vigilante John Eastland returns to rid New York City of a drug lord and his gang.

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Mario Van Peebles originally auditioned for the role of Be Gee. See more »


The shape of X's hair repeatedly changes throughout the movie. See more »


X: [To John Eastland] You want to clean out the streets? *I am* the streets!
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Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical and video version was the heavily edited U.S R-rated print which was then cut by a further 2 mins 39 secs by the BBFC. All footage of nunchakus was completely removed and heavy edits made to scenes of violence including burnings, the shooting of an old woman during the opening robbery, Robert Ginty's girlfriend being beaten up by X's gang, and almost the entire scene of the killing of the guard under a subway train. The BBFC cuts were fully waived for the 2016 DVD release. See more »


References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »


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A Few Campy Moments Along the Way
10 June 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Exterminator 2 (1984)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

In 1980 the low-budget THE EXTERMINATOR hit theaters and become a rather big hit so four years later this sequel followed. Robert Ginty returns as John Eastland and this time out he's dealing with more bad guys including the leader of the pack who is known as X (Mario Van Peebles). This sequel certainly has production companies Cannon's signature all over it and in fact I think this film owes more to DEATH WISH II than the actual first film. I say that because the exploitation factor is a lot higher here for a number of reasons. I think director-producer Mark Buntzman probably saw that Charles Bronson hit and decided to do like that film and just deliver what people wanted. Part of what people wanted from the first film was the flame-thrower, which was pretty much shown on the poster of the first film but here it becomes a major character. Whereas in the first film it was only used once or twice, here it is the main killing force as we see countless people set on fire and burned to a crisp. This effect is put to great use throughout the picture and one has to tip their hat to the stunt men were were doing these dangerous stunts on a low-budget. The biggest problem with EXTERMINATOR 2 is that the pacing is so incredibly bad that the 90-minute running time feels three times as long. At one point I thought the film was almost over and my boredom turned to shock when I realized we were only thirty-minutes into the picture. There are a few good points along the way including the silly violence, which is certainly over-the-top at times and this is especially true of the garbage truck hunting. I thought Ginty was good in his wooden way. Van Peebles is certainly a lot of fun in his own way and you've got to love the various wild outfits he wears. Is this better than the first film? Considering I wasn't a fan of either, I'd say this one here manages to be a tad bit sillier and contain some campier, wilder moments that somewhat make it more entertaining. It's just too bad that the pacing wasn't better.

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Release Date:

14 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Exterminator 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,204,197, 16 September 1984

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Production Co:

The Cannon Group See more »
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1.85 : 1
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