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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 » | Full synopsis »
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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  screenplay

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 .... 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?

Director Herschell Gordon Lewis novelized his screenplay into a tie-in book, the original edition of which is now in high demand by collectorsSee 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 »
Rufus Tate:We got us some good 'uns! Dogged if we don't!See more »
Roll In My Sweet Baby's ArmsSee more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Better Then It's Predecessor, 4 December 2005
Author: Captain_Splatter from United States

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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