“We got us some good ‘uns! Dogged if we don’t!” And whatever you do, don’t yuck on Sammie’s yum! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Jeff Mohr, and guest host Sammie Cassell – as they take in one of the “Godfather-of-Gore’s” early horror efforts, Herschell Gordon Lewis’s Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 112 – Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
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Six people are lured into a small Deep South town for a Centennial celebration where the residents proceed to kill them one by one as revenge for the town’s destruction during the Civil War.IMDb
- Writer/Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
- Selected Cast:
- Connie Mason as Terry Adams
- William Kerwin as Tom White (credited as “Thomas Wood”)
- Jeffrey Allen as Mayor Buckham
- Gary Bakeman as Rufus Tate
- Ben Moore as Lester MacDonald
- Shelby Livingston as Bea Miller
- Jerome Eden as John Miller
- Stanley Dyrector as Harper Alexander (credited as “Mark Douglas”)
- Linda Cochran as Betsy
- Michael Korb as David Wells
- Yvonne Gilbert as Beverly Wells
- Vincent Santo as Billy
Two Thousand Maniacs is our guest Sammie’s pick and he describes it as delightfully cheesy and gory. The film also carries an air of nostalgia for him. When Sammie first brought it home from the video store, he discovered that Two Thousand Maniacs was one of the few horror movies his dad had seen and he appreciates having shared that experience with him. When he was a young boy, Chad also had a familial experience with Two Thousand Maniacs. His mother came home after seeing it at a drive-in, ranting about how the townspeople were cutting up and eating people. Although now, he agrees it has good gore for the time in which it was made, all he could think the first time he saw it was, “What the hell?” Daphne had very low expectations prior to viewing Two Thousand Maniacs but the reality turned out to be better than she anticipated. She enjoyed it as an exploitation movie and recommends the documentary, Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010). Jeff will never say he liked Two Thousand Maniacs, but he will admit, any gorefest somehow based on Brigadoon has got to be checked out.
At the time of this writing, Two Thousand Maniacs is available for streaming on the Classic Horror Movie Channel, tubi, Arrow, and various PPV sources. The film is also available as a Blu-ray disc from Arrow Video, both as a stand-alone and as part of The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast, a fourteen film boxed set. You know you want it.
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