2001 MANIACS (2004 U.S.) D/W: TIM SULLIVAN W: CHRIS KOBIN P: BOAZ YAKIN/ SCOTT SPIEGEL/ ELI ROTH/ CHRISTOPHER TUFFIN/ BRETT HEMEROFF
A remake of one of Herschell Gordon Lewis` best (TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! from 40 years previous) seemed like a great idea, and i was looking forward to this. Despite the generic modern teen-appeal approach i was still optomistic when our protaganists (en route to Daytona Beach) take a detour to the fromer Confederate ghost town of Happy Valley, where old-fashioned locals led by Robert Englund give the young yankees a welcome, while secretly eyeing them up as ingredients for a cannibal buffet (it was just gory deaths in the original). The major difference this time is that there`s a black guy and Asian woman couple (who have SM sex), something which is not only dwelt on without much imagination, but is symbolic of what`s all wrong with this forced, wannabe hip "modernization" that already seems outdated, more so than the subversive original, which is in no danger of being eclipsed by this loud, irritating, desperate attempt at shock cinema. At least the ending (straight out of SHE DEVILS ON WHEELS, an overrated H.G. Lewis flick that could be improved upon with the right remake) was pretty cool. With Lin Shaye, Giuseppe Andrews, Matthew Carey, Peter Stormare, Bill McKinney, Roth and Spiegel, Johnny Legend, Christa Campbell and Travis Tritt. Apparently Kane Hodder can also be spotted. David F. Friedman (who produced the original) was deleted. There was a sequel.

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