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Two Thousand Maniacs! -- 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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20 March 1964 (USA) See more »
An Entire Town Bathed In Pulsing Human Blood! Madmen Crazed For Carnage! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Hilarious and bloodthirsty - a great cult film! See more (82 total) »


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Connie Mason ... Terry Adams
William Kerwin ... Tom White (as Thomas Wood)
Jeffrey Allen ... Mayor Buckman
Shelby Livingston ... Bea Miller
Ben Moore ... Lester MacDonald
Jerome Eden ... John Miller
Gary Bakeman ... Rufus 'Rufe' Tate

Stanley Dyrector ... Harper Alexander (as Mark Douglas)
Linda Cochran ... Betsy
Yvonne Gilbert ... Beverly Wells
Michael Korb ... David Wells
Vincent Santo ... Billy
Andy Wilson ... Policeman
Candi Conder ... Switchboard Operator
The Pleasant Valley Boys ... Bluegrass musicians
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Champion ... Banjo player (uncredited)
Charles Glore ... Guitar player (uncredited)

Directed by
Herschell Gordon Lewis 
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(in alphabetical order)
Herschell Gordon Lewis 

Produced by
David F. Friedman .... producer
Original Music by
Larry Wellington 
Cinematography by
Herschell Gordon Lewis 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Sinise  (as Robert Sinise)
Production Design by
David F. Friedman 
Production Management
Jerome Eden .... unit manager
Andy Romanoff .... production manager
Art Department
Lorin D. Hall .... carpenter
Sound Department
David F. Friedman .... sound recordist
Henry Lieberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Jerry Whittington .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Lorin D. Hall .... electrician
Music Department
Charles Glore .... musical director (as Charles Scott)
Other crew
Gretchen Blank .... script supervisor
David Guilbert .... production assistant
Harry Kerwin .... crew chief

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83 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

This film inspired the name of American alt-rock band 10,000 Maniacs.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Edited into Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987) (V)See more »
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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious and bloodthirsty - a great cult film!, 21 February 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

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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