Two Thousand Maniacs!

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Overview

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 boulder for a ...
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Overview

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 boulder for a hideous variation on the dunking booth -- and eventually ending up on the spit for the evening's barbecue. It turns out the bloodthirsty rednecks have come back from the dead after 100 years to exact symbolic revenge for the slaughter of the entire town by the Union Army. Filming on a shoestring in St. Cloud, FL, Lewis even contributed his talents to some of the songs credited to the Pleasant Valley Boys, including "Rebel Yell" not to be confused with the Billy Idol tune and a rousing rendition of "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms," which accompanies a shot of a severed arm rotating on a barbecue spit.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by director Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman; Original theatrical trailer; Rare outtakes; Stills and gallery of exploitation art
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
After the unprecedented success of their earlier gore epic Blood Feast, director Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David Friedman started planning their next move. If a plotless, no-budget splatter film written and shot in a week could do such boffo business, it stands to reason that the same gore in a well-made film will double the take, right? Well, despite their best intentions, the subsequent feature, 2000 Maniacs, was successful but not the blockbuster that Blood Feast was, and Lewis went back to not trying so hard. Of course, by no means was 2000 Maniacs a technical triumph. The actors are as amateurish as any of Lewis' films and the direction is still fairly slapdash. However, the story of a crazed Southern town's revenge against a group of traveling Yankees is a lot more colorful than Blood Feast's simple-minded lone-slasher plot. Lewis has claimed that this was the first of any of his films to be thoroughly scripted, and it's stuffed with overwrought, down-home "cracker" language. The gore set pieces are graphic but not as cruel as before; the filmmakers instead opt to create mayhem with elaborate contraptions and bizarre executions. There's even a car chase -- usually not a noteworthy event in your average film -- but compared to Blood Feast's climactic and long-winded foot chase, it's an extremely special effect. For fans of horror, 2000 Maniacs and Blood Feast are certainly worth watching to see sacred ground get broken; for fans of grade-Z trash films, his entire canon is indispensable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2000
  • UPC: 014381599824
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,174

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeffrey Allen Mayor Buckman
Gary Bakeman Rufe
Linda Cochran Betsy
Mark Douglas Harper
Jerome Eden John Miller
Yvonne Gilbert Beverly Wells
Michael Korb David Wells
Shelby Livingston Bea Miller
Connie Mason Terry Adams
Bennie Moore Lester
Vincent Santo Billy
Andy Wilson Policeman
Thomas Wood Tom White
Technical Credits
Herschell Gordon Lewis Director, Score Composer, Cinematographer, Screenwriter, Special Effects
David F. Friedman Producer, Production Designer
Chuck Scott Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Sinise Editor
Larry Wellington Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Title; Detour [7:26]
2. Guests of Honor [10:02]
3. The Welcoming Committee [7:17]
4. Making of a Barbecue [3:05]
5. Sending a Message [5:49]
6. The Barbecue [6:15]
7. The Horse Race [8:56]
8. The Barrel Role [7:58]
9. The Teetering Rock [7:37]
10. The Escape [8:35]
11. Mighty Peculiar [8:33]
12. End Credits [2:07]
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Menu

Side #1
   Start Feature
   Original Theatrical Trailer
   Audio Commentary/ Language Selection
   Rare Outtakes
   Gallery Of Exploitation Art
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