Two Thousand Maniacs

  • 1964
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror

Three vacationing couples are led into a small Southern town, thanks to some maliciously placed detour signs. They discover that Pleasant Valley isn't very pleasant when they are made guests of honor in the town's centennial. Before long, one woman is hacked apart with an axe, her husband has his arms and legs tied to four horses that are sent galloping...read more

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Three vacationing couples are led into a small Southern town, thanks to some maliciously placed detour signs. They discover that Pleasant Valley isn't very pleasant when they are made guests of honor in the town's centennial. Before long, one woman is hacked apart with an axe, her husband

has his arms and legs tied to four horses that are sent galloping in different directions, another man is rolled down a hill in a barrel from whose sides sharp nails project, and his wife is tied to a platform and has a boulder dropped on her. Only stars Mason and Wood manage to escape. After the

four murders the centennial is complete, and we learn that the townsfolk are actually ghosts from the Civil War getting revenge on Northerners for the destruction of their town 100 years before. From its genuinely catchy theme song, "The Rebel Yell" (composed and sung by the director himself), to

its effectively creepy ending, this is easily Lewis' best film. Although BLOOD FEAST (1963) is just as gory as TWO THOUSAND MANIACS, the violence here is more disturbing. Lewis filmed this production on a budget of less than $40,000 on location in St. Cloud, Florida. He proves to be a much more

assured filmmaker here than in BLOOD FEAST, contributing some surprisingly good camera work and an effective opening-credits sequence that is vaguely reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH (1969). While TWO THOUSAND MANIACS remains the film of which Lewis is proudest, it didn't make nearly

so much money as the cruder BLOOD FEAST.

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