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.
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