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Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

 -  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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Tom White (as Thomas Wood)
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Bea Miller
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Gary Bakeman ...
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Yvonne Gilbert ...
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David Wells
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The Pleasant Valley Boys ...
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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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2000 Maniacs  »

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$65,000 (estimated)
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This film inspired the name of American alt-rock band 10,000 Maniacs. See more »

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The mayor has been in limbo for 100 years, since the civil war. Yet he makes a paper aeroplane and in the classic school boy manner. There is no way he can know how to do this. See more »

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Tom White: Has it occurred to you that nobody has told us what this centennial is all about? Now, this is 1965, and a hundred years ago it was 1865, right? So, what happened in 1865?
Terry Adams: It was the ending of Civil War. The war between states!
Tom White: Well then you tell me why would a southern town want northerners as guests of honor at the centennial. It must has something to do with what happened a hundred years ago. So, something is very wrong with this town.
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"Robert E. Lee Broke His Musket On His Knee..."
4 September 2000 | by (The Mitten State, USA) – See all my reviews

"Two Thousand Maniacs" is a wonderful Brigadoon-esque film about two groups of Yankees who become guests of honors for the southern town of Pleasant Valley's centennial. What these "guests" don't realize, though, is that they are going to be murdered in bizarre (and I mean, BIZARRE) fashions because of a war lost by the south 100 years ago.

The festivities include a woman being dismembered and barbecued, a man being quartered with four horses, and the infamous "barrel roll" sequence where a man is pushed down a hill in a barrel that has nails driven into its sides.

The movie altogether has a wacky, feel-good charm (despite its gruesome nature) that keeps you smiling, and you'll surely be singing its theme song after the movie's over! I sure as hell was.


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