When you go through the long list of films in horror that could use a major overhaul, the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis are the last films that tend to come to mind. Today, Hollywood’s exploitation consists of a PG-13 rating and Jennifer Aniston and they want films with a wider fanbase established. It just doesn’t seem likely that’s there’s ever going to be a bunch of suits sitting around a conference table, pitching ideas and coming to the conclusion that Two Thousand Maniacs must be remade. Thank God for Tim Sullivan and Lions Gate Ent.
It’s so damn refreshing to know somebody out there is hearing the fans. Sullivan’s 2001 Maniacs is set to prove to the mental midgets making cookie cutter horror for my little sister that horror fans really do want original, adult horror.
Three college screw-ups head out on Spring break in search of a bit of fun and relaxation when they hit a detour that lands them smack dab in the middle of a sleepy little southern town by the name of Pleasant Valley. The town is a’ jumpin’ as the townsfolk prepare for their Guts & Glory Celebration! They’re greeted by the boisterous Mayor Buckman (Robert Englund) and asked to stick around as the Guts & Glory Celebration’s guests of honor! The three decide to stay in town when a few girls they met at a gas station show up. The two carloads of college kids aren’t the only guests though as a motorcycle roars into town with Malcolm (Mushond Lee) and Leah (Bianca Smith) aboard. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a black guy and Asian girl are the unwelcome guests!
Pleasant Valley is a quiet little town full of smiles and hot freaky babes but there’s only one problem…one by one the guests are disappearing and being dispatched in horrifying ways including being drawn and quartered and drinking acid from a hose! If that wasn’t bad enough we get a long steel pike up the ass! As guests start dropping off like flies we’re left with brave Alexander Lee (Jay Gillespie) and his gal, Joey (Marla Malcolm). A final confrontation ensues between the two, Mayor Buckman, Granny Boone (Lin Shaye) and the townsfolk! Will they escape Pleasant Valley? Will they become the main course?! Will poor Cory (Matthew Carey) finally get some from the kissing cousins?
The town of Pleasant Valley will not rest until the slaughter of two thousand and one of the townsfolk are avenged on the Northerners!
Watch the movie! Do yourself a favor, buy some beer, grab some chili cheese corn chips, give little Suzy and Sarah a few bucks to go see Stay Alive, put the dog out and send the wife to the store because this is one of those movies only a horror fan can truly appreciate! We get blood, boobs, gore, comedy, guys chasing sheep, kids killing cats and super hottie cousins “boning” each other! The comedy is actually funny…the gore is actually…well…gory! The T&A is top notch (its Christa Campbell guys!) and the acting was excellent.
Not only do we get a damn good horror film but we get a DVD that actually puts most “Special Editions” to shame! This release is packed with extras! I would like to point out to readers though that no matter how hard a DVD company tries to convince you…subtitles and closed captions are not bonus features.
I’d like to point out a few facts as well…for starters; Eli Roth is back to reprise his role from Cabin Fever as wonky drifter Justin (Eli Roth) and his good buddy Dr. Mambo (the dog) is back as well! Eagle eyed viewers may also spot Tim Sullivan hammering on a coffin and Scott Spiegel (Evil Dead 1 & 2, The Dead Next Door) as one of the hillbilly banjo singers that constantly wander about the movie! I’m also officially going on record as having said that I consider Lin Shaye to be a hottie. There, I said it!
So, for those of you looking for a damn good film, run, don’t walk, to your nearest Best Buy and purchase 2001 Maniacs. Don’t hesitate!