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Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

Not Rated | | 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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Herschell Gordon Lewis (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Stanley Dyrector ... Harper Alexander (as Mark Douglas)
Linda Cochran Linda Cochran ... Betsy
Yvonne Gilbert Yvonne Gilbert ... Beverly Wells
Michael Korb Michael Korb ... David Wells
Vincent Santo Vincent Santo ... Billy
Andy Wilson ... Policeman
Candi Conder Candi Conder ... Switchboard Operator
The Pleasant Valley Boys The Pleasant Valley Boys ... Bluegrass musicians
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

An Entire Town Bathed In Pulsing Human Blood! Madmen Crazed For Carnage! See more »

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2000 Maniacs See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Cloud, Florida, USA

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Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was reportedly shot in an area of Orlando, Florida, that is now occupied by Walt Disney World. See more »

Quotes

[Upon finding the plaque that explains the town was attacked by Union Soldiers during the Civil War]
Terry Adams: What does it mean?
Tom White: It means this centennial is a centennial of blood vengeance! It means... It means we're here to be killed!
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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett (uncredited)
Performed by The Pleasant Valley Boys
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"Robert E. Lee Broke His Musket On His Knee..."
4 September 2000 | by CowmanSee 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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