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Two Thousand Maniacs

Two Thousand Maniacs (1964)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1964 Wide



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Drive-in gore king Herschell Gordon Lewis reached a creative peak with this darkly comic slaughterfest about six vacationing Yanks who fall victim to the cheerfully violent Southern hospitality of Pleasant Valley. Made the guests of honor in the town's centennial celebration, the hapless visitors soon discover that the obligations of their title include being used for the locals' bloody amusements -- which include being rolled downhill in a barrel full of sharp spikes and strapped down beneath a

Feb 22, 2000

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It's boring, it's shrill, and it's obnoxious.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Herschell Gordon Lewis' follow-up to Blood Feast is a lot better and offers some laughably cartoonish violence.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

jiiihaaa, we kinda suck

April 11, 2006

A hilarious, rediculous mess of shock schlock cinema.

September 2, 2005
7M Pictures

Camp classic grindhouse gore.

April 3, 2005

Apesar de importante na gênese do gore, Lewis era um péssimo cineasta, roteirista, compositor e diretor de fotografia. Mas, como Ed Wood, seus filmes têm o charme da ruindade.

October 16, 2004
Cinema em Cena

It would be unkind of me to intimate that Herschell Gordon Lewis' cracker revenge fantasy is a documentary, but I can't help but see a little bit of truth in it.

October 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It's films like this that give B-films and Southern hillbillies a bad name.

June 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fun in a bad kind of way

January 20, 2003
Aisle Seat

Notable only for its unconvincing gore and bad acting.

December 11, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Two Thousand Maniacs

I was surprised that this wasn't as gory as his other movies. The story is good, though, I really liked the ending most of all. As usual the actors aren't great, but they try hard. Overall this was a pretty good movie, if only it didn't shy away from the gory parts.
July 15, 2011

Super Reviewer

An entire town bathed in pulsing human blood! Madmen crazed for carnage! Brutal...evil..ghastly beyond belief!

The two thousand maniacs of a small town clebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War by forcing a handful of Notherners to serve as "guests" for a variety of macabre, blood-crazed fun and games.

The festivities include a screaming man placed in a rolling barrel lined with nails, a hit-the-bull's-eye carnival game with a pretty gal and a boulder, and a blonde sexpot whose arm is hacked off and barbecued! But before they can slaughter te only clever Yank (Thomas Wood), he and the lovely Terry Adams (Connie Mason, "Playboy's Favourite Playmate") try to escape...

Photographed, written & directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis who has become known as the 'Godfather of Gore' this was the second in his so-called Blood Trilogy following Blood Feast (1963) & followed by Color Me Blood Red (1965) & is a neat enough little exploitation gore film that has a reasonable story behind it. The script moves along at a nice enough pace, it's populated by over-the-top character's & gore although I think the twist ending goes on for too long & could have been edited down to be a bit punchier & dramatic. The basic story here is pretty good, it show's a bit of imagination especially during the set-piece gore scenes & I especially liked the barrel with nails hammered inside which is then rolled down a hill with someone inside, ouch! This is a surprisingly good effort on what was probably intended to be no more than a quick cheap gore film to capitalise on the huge success of Lewis' seminal Blood Feast which is widely regarded as the very first gore film ever made. I liked it.

Director Lewis has a decent imagination & is good at getting the most out of what must have been tiny budgets (apparently he did the voice over on the trailers for his films because he didn't want to pay anyone) but he really can't direct at all, his films look dull & are very poorly staged. Here for instance look at the reactions of the victims as they appear to be in mortal danger, none of them put up any sort of fight or struggle & almost seem willing to let their tormentors kill them, he just can't direct actor's & Two Thousand Maniacs! is a good case in point. There's some good gore here although tame by todays standards, someone has her thumb cut off & then her arm chopped off with an axe, someone is drawn & quarter having had his arms & legs tied to four separate horse, someone is rolled down a hill in a barrel full of nails which ends in very bloody results at the bottom & someone is squished with a huge boulder. The special effects aren't too bad either although the blood looks a bit bright.

With a supposed budget of about $65,000 only Two Thousand Maniacs! didn't turn out too bad but it's hardly any work of art & the sound is absolutely terrible. It's sometimes hard to understand what character's are saying as their voices 'echo' on location, there are constant pops & crackles in the soundtrack & the sound effect of those cars at the start sound nothing like cars at all, I have to admit I thought the opening theme was annoyingly catchy. The acting is truly terrible, I'm sorry but there's no other word to describe it.

Two Thousand Maniacs! is a neat enough exploitative gore film from the 60's with a slightly better story than you would perhaps expect, if that sounds like a film you might like then by all means check it out, if it doesn't then don't.

A marvelously perverse cult classick, TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! is also the second of the infamous "blood trilogy" (which includes Blood Feast and Colour Me Blood Red) from profucer David F. Friedman (Trader Hornee) and director Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast). Yeeeee-Ha! Oh, the South's gonna rise again!

September 30, 2009

Super Reviewer

much better than blood feast and more of a straight up comedy film. awesome banjo soundtrack :D
November 10, 2008
Stella Dallas

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