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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
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In 1963, Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman released the first "gore" film ever made into theatres: BLOOD FEAST. The movies shocking violence and gore effects attracted people from all over, and the movie was a huge success. Needless to say, Lewis and Friedman were both anxious to make the next movie, but in order to keep the audiences attention and interest, they wanted to make the next one a better movie, and of course, make it "gorier." They succeeded.
Two Thousand Maniacs begins with a group of so called "Yankees" who, while driving across the state, end up in a small hick town with only two thousand citizens. The hillbilly and somewhat hyper citizens of this small town congratulate the Yankees, saying that they have been chosen as the special guests of a big event that is taking place in the town. The Yankees get set up in free hotel rooms, and are promised free meals. Little do they know, they are in a town which consists of Two Thousand Maniacs who are blood thirst and have plans to kill them all just for the fun of it.
Unlike "Blood Feast," the violence factor in Two Thousand Maniacs takes a little while to kick in. However, when the gore does hit, it is quite a bit heavier then the violence in the previous film. There is no way that anyone could say that this film is "Extremely Gory" when comparing it to movies that have come out since, but it is without a doubt the most shocking and graphic film of it's time. Now only that, but the brilliant screenplay that was written by Herschell Gordon Lewis has many creative and well-thought death scenes in it.
This movie doesn't try to take itself quite as serious as "Blood Feast" did, which makes it more enjoyable to watch. The beautiful Connie Mason returns now obviously playing a different character, and her acting skills seem to have improved. Another "Blood Feast" star who came back to star in the second gore film is the very talented William Kerwin aka Thomas Wood. Fans of "Blood Feast" should enjoy seeing the two of them on screen once again.
Another person, whose skills seem to have improved from Blood Feast to Two Thousand Maniacs, is Herschell Gordon Lewis himself. I am a big fan of Blood Feast, but when watching it, there are obvious flaws in the direction. But with this film, HGL proved that he was indeed a great filmmaker, and that obvious talent traveled into his future films as well. While Two Thousand Maniacs wasn't as successful as Blood Feast, it still brought in enough money for HGL to direct many more afterwards.
This is Herschell Gordon Lewis' favorite film out of all of his OLD movies, and mine as well, all though it is my personal opinion that his film BLOOD FEAST 2: ALL YOU CAN EAT, which he made in the early 2000s, was better then any of his older films.
Recommended to any and all horror fans. Get the junk food and the popcorn out, sit back, and enjoy this great cult classic. You're in for a treat!
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