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Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

Unrated | | Horror | 20 March 1964 (USA)
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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Terry Adams
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Tom White (as Thomas Wood)
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Shelby Livingston ...
Bea Miller
Ben Moore ...
Jerome Eden ...
John Miller
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Stanley Dyrector ...
Harper Alexander (as Mark Douglas)
Linda Cochran ...
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Yvonne Gilbert ...
Beverly Wells
Michael Korb ...
David Wells
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Andy Wilson ...
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Candi Conder ...
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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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Director Herschell Gordon Lewis novelized his screenplay into a tie-in book, the original edition of which is now in high demand by collectors 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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Better Then It's Predecessor
4 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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