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A merciless chore of a movie.
Field of Screams will have its fans. It's certainly gory, crass, riddled with female nudity and off-the-wall antics. But the narrative never amounts to anything interesting.
2001 Maniacs may not have been a masterpiece. It was sloppy, cheap, below-average acting at best, a hackneyed premise, and all together just not that enthralling. But it was twice the film Field of Screams could ever be! It is the superior in every concievable way.
Well. All but one. Field of Screams did have the fine addition of Ogre (Above - Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil's Carnival) as "Doctor" Harper Alexander. He was enjoyed thoroughly. Everything else though! Throw it out! Go! Be gone! No more of you!
Bill Mosely is a personal favourite, and has been since I first saw him play Chop-Top over a decade ago. He's far from new to the horror game, having had roles in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, The Devil's Carnival, The Devil's Tomb, Repo! The Genetic Opera, House, Halloween, Werewolf Women of the SS (Grindhouse Teaser), Carnivale, House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Army of Darkness, Night of the Living Dead (1990), Silent Night Deadly Night III, The Blob, Freddy's Nightmares, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Alone in the Dark II, The Alphabet Killer, Evil Bong, Blood Run, Corpse Killer and Evil Ed, as well as many more, and a great looking future in the industry ahead.
He replaces Robert Englund as Mayor George W. Buckman. But despite my praises for Bill, in 2001 Maniacs, he simply does not cut it. The biggest, and honestly most unforgivable thing that they fucked the character with was not the fact that they decided to change characters, but the fact that his mother fucking eyepatch changed from his left to his right eye for no fucking reason! Seriously! In 2001 Maniacs, Englund's injured eye is his left, in Field of Screams, Mosely's injured eye is his right. 'The fuck...
It was from the point about five seconds in when you first see this monumental cock up that I decided Field of Screams was probably not gonna be for me. It went downhill from there. Though the last film may have that cooky-so-bad-it's-good element every now and again, Field of Screams is just regular bad. Bad, bad, bad. I've physically seen worse movies in my day, but I try to avoid the likes of those.
One of the worst movies i've seen in a long time....The first 2001 was ok not a masterpiece but was fun enough to be good.This one just seem so low budget and low rent.The acting is the worst ive seen in years and Bill Moseley got to be one of the worst actors around at the moment..Just stay clear of this turkey at all costs...I just cant believe this was made be the director of the first 2001 Maniacs..
Poor follow up to a well made remake. A few gory moments and some juvenile laughs done Troma style but its poor audio, bad editing and unlikeable cast bury this one deep.
An absolute failure of a film. The first 2001 Maniacs was an enjoyable film. Gruesome, humorous, but most of all fun. It was also a well-made film. This is a completely different story. A hundred steps back from the previous film. Sullivan returns, but his budget and skills do not. The first major problem is that this is shot on digital. It looks fucking disgusting. Like a home movie. Every shot is flat, lifeless, with a very limited amount of artistic imagery or thought put into it. There's no clever use of lighting or color, just point the camera and shoot. The acting is painful at best. It even has Jar-Jar Binks in it. The original wasn't going to win Oscars, but at least they carried the film through to its conclusion. The replacement cast are mostly Z grade. Only Mosely captures a bit of entertainment. Harper, a supposedly good looking character, is now a hideous guy, and the sheep is no longer a real sheep, it's a stuffed animal. Failing to get Englund back is one thing, failing to get a real sheep...? It's a horrible experience this film so just skip it. Watch 2001 Maniacs, as this film can't even afford a village full of people.
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