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Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  20 March 1964 (USA)
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Six people are lured into a small Deep South town for a Centennial celebration where the residents proceed to kill them one by one as revenge for the town's destruction during the Civil War.

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The citizens of the southern town Pleasant Valley lure six Yankee tourists into town where they are to be the reluctant guests for the centennial celebration of the day a band of renegade Union troops decimated the town. The town then participates in events, a different event for each of the tourists, in which the tourist is dispatched. One couple begins to suspect something and seeks a way to escape. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The plot of this gore film was inspired by the musical Brigadoon (1954). See more »

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Tom White: Look, officer, I don't know how to convince you of this, but... we're not crazy!
Policeman: Mister, I didn't say you was crazy. Nothing like that, I just think it's mighty peculiar!
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Actually not completely inept
7 January 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"2000 Maniacs" is actually not completely inept. Sure, its not a masterpiece, but compared to its predecessor "Blood Feast", its "Citizen Kane". First off, its obvious H.G. Lewis had improved as a director. The pacing is still rather slow but it moves much quicker than any of his other films. Also, this was the first time his trademark dark humor came into play. Possibly realizing how unintentionally hilarious his previous film was, he added loads of humor of the gallows variety. The premise is actually quite creepy and clever and the twist ending will be a riot to those who get the reference. The gore, while unrealistic and obviously fake, actually becomes disturbing at moments. Plus, there are some brief instances where Lewis comes close to suspense (particularly Tom and Terry's escape).

However to be expected, "2000 Maniacs" features a lot of the bad movie goodies we've come to expect from Lewis. While they aren't nearly as bad as they were in "Blood Feast", both William Kerwin and Connie Mason are still pretty wooden. There are plot holes galore (namely where does the town get all those modern appliances so quickly). The supporting cast is all over-the-top. This is a very politically incorrect film, and while some may take offense to the worst stereotypes of the south imaginable, others will find it amusing. And while "Blood Feast" had one memorable psycho, "2000 Maniacs" has three (the Mayor, Lester, Rufus).

There is one thing that prevents "2000 Maniacs" from being an absolute classic however. Namely, H.G. Lewis seems rather restrained from showing us the gore. Not to sound like a sadist or anything, but after the bucket loads of over-the-top bloodshed in his previous film, the graphic murders only take up a small amount of screen time. Lewis' reputation comes from being the "Godfather of Gore", so those interested in this aspect are advised to check out "Blood Feast" or "The Gore Gore Girls" instead. Still, for all its technical shortcomings, "2000 Maniacs" is a surprisingly clever drive-in flick. (8/10)


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