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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Two Thousand Maniacs is not a film that is on every horror fan's list of best films - but it should be, as when it comes to ingenuity and influence, this film certainly isn't lacking! Two Thousand Maniacs is my first taste of 'the godfather of gore', Herschell Gordon Lewis, and I already want to see more! Given his title, you would expect this film to be gory - and while the gore is rather tame by today's standards, considering that it was released in 1964 - three years before violence was brought to cinema with Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde - it's amazing that Lewis was able to get away with scenes that see a man pulled apart by horses, a woman crushed by a rock and other such highlights. And it's not only the gore that makes this film noteworthy
the plot takes influence from films such as 'Bad Day at Black Rock',
in that it follows a small town with a secret - only this time that plot has got itself a horror makeover! We watch as two cars full of people are detoured towards a town hidden deep in the American South. They are told that they are to be the guests of honour in a town celebration. However, they quickly find out that being a guest isn't always honourable...
One of the main reasons I loved this film is because it's absolutely hilarious! Lewis sets the film up with a jokey tone from the beginning and keeps it going throughout. It's things such as the scene after the one that sees a woman have her finger cut off that makes this film so great. We cut to a sequence involving the screaming woman, along with the perpetrator, and the town's major - laughing their heads off! The film is also quite frightening. Insanity has been seen in cinema more times than anyone could count, but Lewis delivers it differently; it's not the fact that these two thousand people are mental that's scary - it's the fact that there's so many of them! The American Deep South is a popular destination for films of this ilk - and Lewis does a great job of making sure that we know where the action is taking place. Redneck flags fly, country music plays and the accents are great; and all of this seems to fit the action brilliantly. On the whole, this might not be the best produced horror film ever made; but it's an important one, and a film that anyone who enjoys bizarre cult classics should definitely seek out! Recommended.
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