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Two Thousand Maniacs! Reviews

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½ January 3, 2017
What a blast. Considering its time, place and intention Lewis did a good job with this. Tim Sullivan made a great point, in that it feels a lot like an old EC comic, in so many ways. I'm going to watch the rest of the Lewis films with that idea in mind.
½ July 23, 2016
A goofy and sinister twist on Brigadoon, Hershell Gordon Lewis delivers yet another odd curiosity with Two Thousand Maniacs. The small southern town of Pleasant Valley is celebrating its centennial by luring six unsuspecting yankees to the festivities under the guise of being their guests of honor, only to find out the residents want to exact revenge on the northerners for the atrocities committed against their ancestors by the Union army in the Civil War. Armed with a bigger budget, the acting and overall tone isn't as campy as other Lewis offerings but the fairly creative death scenes, over the top politically incorrect portrayal of southerners, and generally weird vibe make Two Thousand Maniacs a must see for Lewis fans.
½ July 12, 2016
Early gore from '64. Pretty graphic scenes for the era
December 30, 2015
The most absurd of Herschell's low-budget splatter movies from the 60's. It's not the most entertaining flick, but it's actually the best. But for a splatter film, there isn't actually enough gore for it to be called a " splatter flim ", but at the same time, it's from 1964. The acting is horrible, the country themed music is absurd and the gore effects are real cheap. But the cheap technicolor of the film looks beautiful on the film and it's still worth a look !!
October 21, 2015
Like the story, the rest hasn't aged well.
October 8, 2015
Sometimes you just watch the right movie at the right time. Two Thousand Maniacs is still the crap that Blood Feast was, only the acting is improved, the kills are memorable, and the characters are interesting. The small southern town adds a lot to the atmosphere of the movie. It has some southern charm on the outside, but is very creepy as well. Like a lot of drive-in movie, this is one of those movies where you make out with whoever you're with for a little bit and only turn to the screen to see the blood when it happens. It's a simple, stupid plot that is carried by the blood. My favorite particular death was the barrel roll (Peppy Hare would be proud). This isn't a movie for everyone, as it's too tame for modern gorehounds. This is a movie for fans of cheap and bad drive-in movies. If that's you, this is one of the best.
December 23, 2014
This movie is awesome for 1964, and incredible in its own right.
March 11, 2014
The Final Verdict: While not really offering much beyond it's gore, this one instead is a little easier to watch for it's sense of fun. Fans of similar kinds of films would really enjoy this one, and gore-hounds will also find a lot to like, while those who aren't so high on technically-incompetent films will be put off with this one.
½ October 2, 2013
This is the middle part of Herschell Gordon Lewis' 'Blood Trilogy'. The link between this and the predecessor, Blood Feast, appears to be that there is once again lots of blood on display. I cant really think of many other connections between the two films. This is a slight improvement on Blood Feast, which was fairly dire. The overall production feels less amateurish and although this is still preposterous it does come with the odd grisly laugh.
September 29, 2013
In 1965 Deep South a few carloads of Northerners are sent on a false detour ending up in a small Southern town just in time for their Centennial celebration. They are treated as the guests of honor. When a few of the Northerners go missing the remaining ones start to get suspicious as to the exact nature of the Southern hospitality. Suspenseful, believable and gory - really well done for a horror film from this era and with the limited budget.
September 29, 2013
A Gory B-Movie, With Bad Performances And Plenty Of Violent Scenes, That's Saved From Total Disaster By It's Originality Of The Plot (For The Time It Was Made), & It's Death Scenes.
March 27, 2013
There is something genuinely unsettling about this gory exploitation movie that oddly resembles the classics of Walt Disney
½ February 18, 2013
Georgia town 'celebrates' centennial by luring and killing Northern tourists to avenge Civil War atrocity of 1865. Would be interested to see what a competent director could do with this material; in some ways it is a trailblazer for drive-in exploitation fare that exploded in the 70s.
February 2, 2013
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.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
December 25, 2012
Hilarious and bloodthirsty - a great cult film--Awesome Early Splatterfest!!
½ October 27, 2012
More low budget 60's drive-in schlock from Hershell Gordon Lewis. A southern town celebrates the centennial of Union soldiers leveling their town in the US Civil War by luring and torturing northern tourists.
September 12, 2012
bad horror movie that i always liked to watch only for horror classic fans
½ August 6, 2012
When it comes to splatter, you can't get any better than Herschell Gordon Lewis. This film may be why. While the writing wasn't the greatest in the world, this movie was actually funny. While most of the humor came from the ridiculous amount of blood, it has some moments of comic genious. The acting was par at best, but isn't that what makes it a true splatter film? I just wish that Lewis would have made Wizard of Gore more like this. The plot is relatively easy to follow. A fairly entertaining film.
June 2, 2012
An entire town bathed in pulsing human blood! H.G. Lewis second film in the blood trilogy.
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