Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) aka 2,000 Maniacs

4 / 5

Tagline: An entire town bathed in Pulsing Human Blood! Madmen crazed for carnage!
Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Written by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Actors include: William Kerwin, Connie Mason, Jeffrey Allen
Genre: Horror
Length: 87 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

This was a pretty fun movie most of the time, but unfortunately it really does drag in parts. H.G. Lewis makes some fantastically hilarious and gory cheap films, and although this is one of his best known it's not one of my favorites. It's about a group of young folks who are tricked into staying in a town in the South as guests of honor for a Centennial celebration. The only problem is the celebration isn't quite what one may expect, as the guests of honor they are the entertainment...and in great danger! This includes some extremely memorable deaths (forcing someone in a barrel roll, then filling it full of nails comes to mind and there are many other goodies). There is also a really long dull chase scene and a bunch of critters who aren't so very good at acting. This is definitely worth watching if only for the great songs which I believe Herschell wrote too including "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arm" and great deaths.

Availability:  On DVD

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