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Critic Reviews for Two Thousand Maniacs!
This is a real odd duck -- inspired by Brigadoon, of all things, with a score that alternates between cheesy midnight-movie organ and high-spirited bluegrass -- but its bloodthirsty hicks have become a genre standard.
The movie will have you cringing and smiling at the same time.March 10, 2003 | Full Review…
Nonsensical and illogical.August 6, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Having picked up a modicum of craft since Blood Feast, Lewis integrates the gruesome money-shots less maladroitly into the story. Still, his sideshow-barker shamelessness remains undimmed.
This is easily Lewis' best film.
While as badly acted and technically inept as any Lewis drive-in exploiter, the cheaply graphic effects still carry a potent charge.March 30, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Two Thousand Maniacs!
Oct 03, 2011Herschell Gordon Lewis' Two Thousand Maniacs! may be low in the gore department, but the story is completely bonkers. A group of southern folk invite people who are passing through town to their annual festival - only to later kill them in some ridiculous ways and eat them afterwards at a BBQ. I actually like stuff like Blood Feast more than I do this. I'm not sure if it's because of the amount of gore in that film compared to this one, but it just seems much more fun than this one. Not that this one isn't enjoyable, but it has some slow areas with character build-up that doesn't go anywhere. The ending is also an obvious conclusion way before you get there to see it. It's all bad in the good way, but mediocre when you look at the rest of Lewis' work.Tim S Super Reviewer
Jul 15, 2011I 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.Aj V Super Reviewer
Jan 14, 2009I watched this because I enjoyed the sequel/remake called 2001 Maniacs and had never seen the original it was based on. Many scenes are the same with more gore in the remake. However, even though tame by today's standards, I imagine the original 2000 Maniacs was shocking in 1964. It is more of a comedy and set the standard for many of the future horror comedies and for that I appreciate it's overall cheese factor but still took a bit for me to get through it. Watch it for what it is, an early "stab" at hillbilly humor with some interesting kills thrown in for good measure. Don't take it seriously because it sure doesn't either.Nicky M Super Reviewer
Jan 01, 2009For my money, this is H.G. Lewis' best work. The acting, effects, and story are still ludicrous, but they seem to be on a slightly higher level than the films that preceded and followed it. The barrel scene is one of my favorites.Shane D Super Reviewer
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