2000 Maniacs (1964) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1964
  • Genre:  Splatter
  • Cast & Crew: Connie Mason, William Kerwin, Jeffrey Allen, Shelby Livingston, Ben Moore, Jerome Eden, Gary Bakeman, Stanley Dyrector, Linda Cochran, Yvonne Gilbert, Vincent Santo, Candi Conder, The Pleasant Valley Boys.
  • Director:  Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Screenwriter:  Herschell Gordon Lewis

2000 Maniacs (1964)Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6 / 10;
  • IMDb = 5.9/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 4.3/10.

2000 Maniacs (1964) Synopsis:

As the villagers of Pleasant Valley prepare for their centennial celebration, two cars of tourists have purposively deviated to the village so that they can be part of the ceremony.

2000 Maniacs (1964) Review:

2000 Maniacs is an early classic of the disturbing cinema and, after the famous Blood Feast by the same director H.G. Lewis, is one of the first real gore movies. The concept of the film, city people trapped in the remote village filled with crazy hillbillies, is simple but fun. Its success will open the way for a whole new genre of horror, Texas Chain Saw, Hills Have Eyes and Wrong Turn being three examples out of many.

I wouldn’t say that it is a great film. The story is just a pretext for the horror scenes to happen. The deadly games and the gore itself are sure fun to watch, but even these scenes are too scarce, and the moments between them are often quite boring.

Of course, there is the movie crazy atmosphere: all the screaming, the crowd, the music really creates an almost claustrophobic (agoraphobic would be more appropriate) setting. Unfortunately, I found all this frenzy more irritating than anything else. Still, I would say that it is a great movie for gore fans and those who want to know their classics, but do not expect too much!


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