2001 Maniacs Reviews
"2001 Maniacs" is a movie that is sure to become a cult film, gore, black humor, gorgeous actresses and an excellent twist in the end with help make it rise to cult film status. I really did enjoy this film alot, and I thought it had a lot of funny and witty lines. Robert England is amazing in the role of the revengeful southern mayor, giving a perfect touch of humor to his sadistic and friendly character. In the end, "those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it". Like I said before, its not for everyone but its worth checking out if your in the mood for a fun and gory horror film.
Robert Englund and Lin Shaye are a blast as "Mayor Buckman" and "Granny Boone", but I must say there were some excellent casting choices for everyone involved...the group of gorgeous girls who play both hapless victims and charming? Southern Belles...Giuseppe Andrews, who lends his unique style to the film...Dylan Edrington who plays the perfect smart-ass...and the actors portraying incidental characters like "Hucklebilly" and "Lester" really help add to the film's humor and creepiness.
While some are complaining about the few off color jokes the film offers, and these might get some people's panties in a bunch, this is not a racist picture. Personally, I found the jokes to be pretty funny (Malcom, a black character, is told to "wait just a cotton picking' minute" at one point in the film). Others are criticizing the acting...I thought the acting was fine. Not Shakespearian by any means, but remember, this isn't GHANDI and it won't be nominated for an Academy Award (and exactly how many of your favorite films have been?)
Bottom line is enjoy this for what it is, a throwback to good old-fashioned blood n guts, T & A horror.
I'm more or less guaranteed to give anything with Robert Englund (above) in it a try. Most any B-Horror movie, too. So with those to boxes ticked I decided it was high time I got 'round to giving it a view. There's not a whole lot to be said about it though, in earnest. It was a perfectly adequate way to spend an hour and twenty', but I don't really think it will ever warrant a second viewing. The kills are well and truly decent (in a way that could probably have been improved with a little extra cashmonies), so they obviously don't lack imagination in its entirety.
The acting, though not atrocious, left much to be desired. Still, it was good enough to not out-and-out ruin the rest of it, which in B horror is really as much as you can need. It's not a deep area, the kind of film you'd watch while you wax philosophical with your ANU buddies, B-Horror is the kind of movie you smoke a blunt with your UC buddies to. And in that, 2001 Maniacs is worthy.
Not really in anything else though.
I took nothing away from the film. I loved no actor, no character, no crew member, no kill, no effect, nothing. The reveal would have been nice if they hadn't have already given it away on the back of the DVD cover. It scraped by with the absolute minimum amount of impression to make me watch the sequel (2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams). But that's not saying a whole lot.