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The Millenium Maniacs
2000 Maniacs (DVD)
Member Name: mercy9
2000 Maniacs (DVD)
Date: 28/06/00, updated on 28/06/00 (31 review reads)
Advantages: Mad Hillbillies and Beautiful Babes, with a side of Gore
Disadvantages: could have used seconds of Gore
This film is so much fun, with mad hillbillies, rockin' bluegrass tunes, beautiful girls and bloody revenge. Take a bunch of clueless Yankees willing to believe a handmade detour sign, to a town of reincarnated civil war victims (The South Will Rise Again, ho ho ho), and treat them as special centennial guests. The traditional southern hospitality consists of putting the visitors through sadistic execution rituals, whilst the townsfolk hoot 'n' holler with glee.
The production values are pretty good, with purdy locations and cinematography. Acting is involved but camply substandard, as it should be in other words. The crazed hillbillies come off a whole lot better than the victims as they are given the chance for some delirious over-acting. The editing can be a bit delirious at times, which keep you guessing if it’s been cut, or not. The music is fine toe-tapping stuff if you like that kind of thing.
As far as the gore goes it is a little few and far between. The first scene where things turn nasty is sickeningly sadistic, as an innocent visitor has her thumb sliced off and then shortly afterwards has her whole arm chopped off with an axe in graphic detail. Subsequent gore scenes are less graphic but equally sadistic, the guy who is ripped apart between four horses is barely shown other than a plastic leg being dragged away, it’s a pity that the director H. G. Lewis didn't make use of the double amputee who offered his services to art. The barrel roll is very well filmed and highly unpleasant, the sort of thing you will dream about for years, and the teetering boulder game looks loads of fun but ends too cleanly.
The end of the film slows down as some sense is made of the mayhem that preceded it, and the final scenes actually turn out eerily as the town melts back into time to prepare for their next revenge driven centennial.