2001 Maniacs (2005) Blu-ray
Get £1 Off Amazon Video*
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Top Customer Reviews
The stars, i.e. those we’re supposed to root for, are pretty run-of-the-mill. They’re basically there to be dismembered in as many gruesome ways possible. The real stars are the people we hope we never have to meet (and yet still enjoy seeing on screen). The town is filled by Americans from the ‘North versus South’ era of U.S. history and they’re not too pleased with the way the war turned out. Therefore, now led by the ever excellent (and possibly insane) Robert Englund and Lin Shaye, they’re looking to reap revenge on those stuck-up ‘Northerners.’
It’s effectively a slasher film, only the town is basically one great home to slashers. You don’t watch this sort of film for its character development or deep and meaningful story arcs. You watch it because it’s daft and silly (and pretty damn gory – it does have some pretty inventive death scenes). If you’re into your gore-fests then you’ll probably enjoy it simply on Englund and Shaye’s performances alone.
Just put your brain on hold and appreciate it for being a very low-brow and completely twisted piece of entertainment. But, whatever you do, don’t go near the sequel. This is one film that’s best left on its own.
Robert Englund and Lin Shaye star in prominent roles as the town weirdos- both of A Nightmare on Elm Street and a super quick eye will catch Eli Roth and Kane Hodder who played Jason Voorhees. Gore fans will love this, as the kids are killed in some inventive ways, the best one being a woman who is dismembered after having her limbs tied to a moving horse, yeek!
Apart from the gore and decent enough ending there isn't much in between. The characters are unlikable, they have no depth and you watch just to see the next kill. The script is non existent, and you leave thinking there goes yet another good opportunity. The film obviously isn't taken itself too seriously, but if so then you need some lines in here that will make your audience go from laughter back down to tension. That never happens. You end up feeling that even at 84 mins the movie is about 30 mins too long.
A note to the BBFC- having a woman kiss a woman is no right to suggest there is strong sex scenes in this movie. Pathetic in 2014.
This film may fail on the scare factor but its is quality entertainment which is what a good film is all about and has to be one of the strangest and most unique films I have ever seen. Watch this film its BRILLIANT!!
On his recommendation I gave it a viewing. The DVD was for him after I'd seen it. Worth one watch but be warned you will look at the countryside differently.
The plot will be familiar to anyone who has watched any horror film in the past fifty years - a group of friends on a road trip become stranded in a strange town with stranger inhabitants and have to fight for their survival. It opens like any number of 90s, early 2000s films introducing a group of detestable caricatures on their last day of University before heading off for Spring Break. On the way the meet more annoying stereotypes before taking a detour and ending up in Pleasant Valley, a town which is apparently stranded in Southern Civil War era cartoonishness. We have buxom milkmaids, inbred hicks, Huckleberry Finn-alikes, good old boys, howdee y'all housewives, and all the rest of it. Rather than immediately leaving, the group decides to stay the night and enjoy some free Southern hospitality, and possibly boobs. Before long limbs are being torn from torsos, shlongs are being bitten off, and bodies are being squished, all in the name of.... zombies/vampires/ghosts/torture freaks/revenge? It doesn't really become clear until the finals scenes, and by that point we've fainted due to the inanity of it all.
Every cliche in the Great Big Book Of Cliches is here, with no attempt to inject any surprises, tension, or ounce of interest. Some may say that's the point - it's simply a remake of a silly grindhouse film. What's the point then? Why not just go back and watch the original?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unfortunately I can't speak French but my brother can so it became a gift from me ThankyouPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Deliverance meets Texas Chainsaw, without the originality or fear factor. I guess Englund needed the
money, despite the poor script.
what a rubbish film. From start to finish the film is disappointing. The script is boring, the deaths are pointless. Not a good horror film! Avoid at all costs.Published 15 months ago by Aaron
Not one of Robert Englund best film not luike nightmare on elm street classic FilmPublished 15 months ago by Pierre Corrigan