Thursday, August 26, 2010

2001 Maniacs (2005)

Spring break spells disaster for a bunch of Northern party goers when a detour lands them in the middle of a Southern Civil War Centennial celebration. Their welcoming hosts treat them to a ton of fun and festivities, but little do they know that they are about to become the main course at the annual feast! Tim Sullivan strikes B-movie gold with this updated version of the Herschell Gordon Lewis gore classic. While the performances and humor are often crude, they play into the silly, light-hearted tone and add to the overall charm of the picture. Many of the gags and over-the-top murders have been recreated from the original, while Sullivan and company come up with plenty of bloody new ways to maim and dismember the misguided teens (including a horse-quartering, an acid-chugging competition, a spear enema, and other gooey deaths). The incredible amount of splatter is more than enough to please most Slasher fans, and is even enough to make The Godfather of Gore, himself, proud. Robert Englund is right at home in his role as the jubilant Mayor Buckman, creating one of his more memorable performances in years. 2001 MANIACS is an enjoyable guilty pleasure that holds to its cheesy roots in gore cinema.

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.
Gore: 7/10.

If you liked 2001 MANIACS, check out:
FEAST, 2000 MANIACS, BLOOD DINER.

5 comments:

  1. Honestly, it rubbed me the wrong way last time. The thing felt so generic and forced. Maybe I was just too jaded at the time, but I prefer the original.

    I'll give the sequel a try and, if that does anything for me, see the original again. We'll see.

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  2. Im going to have to go ahead and advise against using the sequel as a basis for rediscovery, review probably wont be up until Sunday since I am leaving for a wedding in a few hours, but FIELD OF SCREAMS is an appropriate title.

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  3. I watched it but I can't honestly remember anything about it. It might have something to do with the fact that I was sick out of my head at the time. I'll have to give it another try.

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  4. The original is classic..the blood is so damn red.

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