Two Thousand Maniacs

An entire town bathed in pulsing human blood from madmen crazed for carnage! The 2000 Maniacs of a small Southern town celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War by forcing a handful of Northerners to serve as “guests” for a variety of macabre, blood-crazed fun and games.

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  • Eric A. Jacobson Jun 3, 2009

    I think I passed thru one night and barely escaped………………….

  • Greg Rowe Jun 3, 2009

    So, that’s where the Duke Boys got “The General Lee.” Uncle Jesse stole it from those two Yankee women and welded the roof back on, along with the doors shut, so he could run liquor through Hazard County with it. Then, he gave it to Bo and Luke so they could mess with Roscoe and Boss Hogg.

  • Jimmy L. Shirley Jr. Jun 3, 2009

    A contrived so-called “film”. Nothing but a base play on ignorance, prejudice and stupidity. Anyone who even chuckles and winks in agreement with this sewage is as bigotted as those who produced it and placed it here. Hate reigns supreme in yankeeland.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 3, 2009

      Jimmy,

      It’s indeed pretty silly, but I have to admit that I did “chuckle” a bit. Than again I have a disturbed sense of humor. One question, however: Why do you assume that this was produced in “yankeeland”?

  • Jimmy L. Shirley Jr. Jun 3, 2009

    “”Yankee”” is a mindset, no longer just a geographical location. Yankees are born in the South and all over. So, “”yankeeland”” is appropriate and it stands.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 3, 2009

      Jimmy,

      Thanks for clarifying that for me. I did not been informed.

  • Tom Jun 3, 2009

    Perhaps a little background or perspective on the film “Two Thousand Maniacs.” This was made by Herschell Gordon Lewis aka “The Godfather of Gore.” He also directed such drive-in schlock classics as “Blood Feast,” “Wizard of Gore,” and “Gore-Gore Girls.” I guess you could say it plays on ignorance or stupidity. I really think Mr. Lewis was more concerned with making a buck than peddling some kind of anti-confederate agenda. Lewis is well-known among fans of 1960′s cult films and drive-in movies. I’ve seen a few of his films, and while some of them mind-numbingly boring and poorly done, in “Two Thousands Maniacs” he actually does more with less and made a watchable film on a very low budget. A lot better than you can say for most of the movies in the theaters this weekend.

    When I first saw this post, I was surprised, because I assumed Kevin must have already covered this movie.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 3, 2009

      Tom,

      Thanks for the additional information. I totally agree that the intention of the director/producer probably has nothing to do with being anti-Southern. Somehow I missed this movie, though I did post a clip from “The Curse of the Cannibal Confederates” not too long ago. http://cwmemory.com/2009/02/02/curse-of-the-cannibal-confederates/ A real classic.

  • Sherree Tannen Jun 3, 2009

    I knew it! This video was directed by the same director who directed my all time favorite cannibal movie, “The Curse of the Confederate Cannibals”! Thank you Kevin for adding to my collection of works by this talented director. (insert smiley face here) your forever technically challenged cannibal aficionado reader Sherree

  • tenacitus Jun 4, 2009

    The film is not bad, it was shot in St Cloud Florida, I saw it about 5 years ago when I lived in St Cloud Minnesota. The maniacs are all ghosts from the civil war, I was interested in this film because it was an important film for people interested in the evolution of the horror genre. Even, for africans like me.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 4, 2009

      Tenacitus,

      Thanks for the comment. Can you say a bit about why this particular film is important to the genre?

  • Keith Bohannon Jun 5, 2009

    This movie looks awesome!! Now we know the truth about the Centennial celebrations.
    Keith Bohannon

    • Kevin Levin Jun 5, 2009

      Keith,

      I had a feeling this would be right up your alley. It was great seeing you and Pete last week. Looking forward to Louisville in October. :)

  • Mike Jun 7, 2009

    Nothing like making fun of the South; it ranks right up there with making fun of Preachers.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 7, 2009

      Mike,

      Why do you equate this with “making fun” of the South? Which South are you referring to? Seems to me that this is just another example of reducing everything Southern to the Confederacy. I don’t even see this as making fun of the Confederacy. It’s just a silly horror movie.

  • Mike Jun 8, 2009

    No Problem Kevin I just generally don’t like Horror movies and they are using Confederate hats and the Battle Flag.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 8, 2009

      I understand Mike, but keep in mind that it’s a popular cultural symbol. We will never return to a point where that flag is simply the flag that white Southerners carried into battle.

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