TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! (maniac 2000) (1964 U.S.) D/W: HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS P: DAVID F. FRIEDMAN
After the groundbreaking BLOOD FEAST, gruesome twosome Lewis and Friedman cooked up this fun hillbilly gore classic. Six vacationing northern yankees (including Thomas Wood aka Willliam Kerwin and Connie Mason) become unwitting guests at the Centennial of southern ghost town Pleasant Valley. Mayor Jeffrey Allen (later in Lewis` THIS STUFF`LL KILL YA!) leads the townsfolk (including theme tune masters The Pleasant Valley Boys, yeeh hah!) in inventive, gory acts of vengence (my favourite being the "teetering rock") to celebrate the end of the Civil War. COLOR ME BLOOD RED rounded out the "blood trilogy". See also BRIGADOON for the inspiration behind 2000 MANIACS. Remade as 2001 MANIACS. Lewis also wrote a TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! Novelization.

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