Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2000 Maniacs (1964)

A conveniently placed detour sign on a remote country road lands a group of Northern vacationers right smack dab in the middle of Pleasant Valley's Centennial celebration. The jovial Mayor Buckman invites the newcomers to participate in each of the town's festivities, but what the visitors don't know is that they are being lead to the slaughter as part of the locals' bloody revenge for a Civil War defeat! Herschell Gordon Lewis' drive-in classic TWO THOUSAND MANIACS is a vast improvement over his first gorefest, BLOOD FEAST, complete with a highly imaginative plot and several of the most memorable executions in shock cinema. Of the many carnival games the travelers 'participate' in, the bloodiest include a spiked barrel roll, a four-way horse race, and a smashing game of Hit the Target! The outrageously over-the-top acting and absurd dialog only add to the film's campy charm, but Lewis' no-budget approach to filmmaking produces the same flat results in terms of the actual production. Regardless, TWO THOUSAND MANIACS is the Godfather of Gore's greatest film, and an early milestone in the history of splatter pictures.

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 9/10
Gore: 8/10.

If you liked 2000 MANIACS, check out:
BLOOD FEAST, THE WIZARD OF GORE, 2001 MANIACS.

Now available for the first-time ever on Blu-Ray from Something Weird and Image Entertainment!

2 comments:

  1. Definitely my favourite HGL film with some decent gore and nice ideas. Anyone seen the remake? I actually prefer it...

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  2. I really enjoy the remake, its impossible to choose a favorite though. I dont know why the remake gets such a bad wrap, it is a ton of fun and one of Robert's better recent performances!

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