Sunday, June 24, 2007

2001 Maniacs (2005)

Fear 0/5
Gore 3/5
Creepiness 0/5
Entertainment 3/5
Nightmares 0/5
2001 Maniacs is a cheesier remake of an already cheesy film, the 1964 splatter prototype 2000 Maniacs. So know that going in - this is not going to win any awards. Eli Roth is one of the producers and has a small cameo early on and, as noted on the packaging at left, Robert Englund of Freddy Kreuger fame, is the main star.
Plot - dopey college kids get lost on their way to Daytona Beach for spring break and wind up in a podunk little town called Pleasant Valley, population 2001. The town's residents fall into two categories: large breasted women in tiny outfits and sheep-molesting men with weeds poking from their teeth. Turns out the residents are cannibals and the college kids start dropping off one by one in complex, yet inventive ways (drawn and quartered, swallowing acid, skewered through the anus and out of the mouth, smooshed under a giant pressing machine, etc etc.).
2001 Maniacs is entertaining in that you find yourself laughing out loud at the stupidity and ding-dongery. There is no attempt at art or anything even resembling statement and that's just fine. It is what it is and makes no apologies. It's a fun way to spend a lazy evening with your significant other when you're both tired and want to turn your brains off. Rumor has it that a sequel is in the makes. Sure, why not.
Complaint Dept

2 comments:

Planet of Terror said...

All I'm gonna say is that I woke up this morning singing Yankee Doodle Dandy. Foe real.
- Hex

Brian said...

i think there should be a new category for ratings on this site:

Ding-Dongery