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20 March 1964 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add 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
Mark Douglas ... Harper Alexander
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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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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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 »
Rufus Tate:We got us some good 'uns! Dogged if we don't!See more »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Actually not completely inept, 7 January 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

"2000 Maniacs" is actually not completely inept. Sure, its not a masterpiece, but compared to its predecessor "Blood Feast", its "Citizen Kane". First off, its obvious H.G. Lewis had improved as a director. The pacing is still rather slow but it moves much quicker than any of his other films. Also, this was the first time his trademark dark humor came into play. Possibly realizing how unintentionally hilarious his previous film was, he added loads of humor of the gallows variety. The premise is actually quite creepy and clever and the twist ending will be a riot to those who get the reference. The gore, while unrealistic and obviously fake, actually becomes disturbing at moments. Plus, there are some brief instances where Lewis comes close to suspense (particularly Tom and Terry's escape).

However to be expected, "2000 Maniacs" features a lot of the bad movie goodies we've come to expect from Lewis. While they aren't nearly as bad as they were in "Blood Feast", both William Kerwin and Connie Mason are still pretty wooden. There are plot holes galore (namely where does the town get all those modern appliances so quickly). The supporting cast is all over-the-top. This is a very politically incorrect film, and while some may take offense to the worst stereotypes of the south imaginable, others will find it amusing. And while "Blood Feast" had one memorable psycho, "2000 Maniacs" has three (the Mayor, Lester, Rufus).

There is one thing that prevents "2000 Maniacs" from being an absolute classic however. Namely, H.G. Lewis seems rather restrained from showing us the gore. Not to sound like a sadist or anything, but after the bucket loads of over-the-top bloodshed in his previous film, the graphic murders only take up a small amount of screen time. Lewis' reputation comes from being the "Godfather of Gore", so those interested in this aspect are advised to check out "Blood Feast" or "The Gore Gore Girls" instead. Still, for all its technical shortcomings, "2000 Maniacs" is a surprisingly clever drive-in flick. (8/10)

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