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By James Whittington, Tuesday 20th July 2010
More Blood! More Laughs! More Nakedness! So screams the PR for one of the most talked about sequels in recent years, Tim Sullivan's 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams.
Now sequels are a strange breed, some simply regurgitate what has gone before whilst others drift so far from the original premise they are only sequels in name. 2001 Maniacs - Field Of Screams is none of these as it's a sumptuous riot of gore and guffaws that surpasses the very high standard set by the first entry into this series, 2001 Maniacs.
When this year's round of unsuspecting Northerners fail to show up for their annual Guts N' Glory Jamboree, the residents of Pleasant Valley take their cannibalistic carnival on the road, and head to Iowa where they encounter spoiled heiresses Rome and Tina Sheraton and the cast and crew of their 'Road Rascals' reality show.
Funny, inventive and entertaining the movie is part sequel, part shocker and even takes a moment to have a stab at our obsession with celebrity. Bill Moseley steps into Robert Englund’s shoes as the straight talking Mayor Buckman whilst Christa Campbell returns as the saucy, seductive and scary Milk Maiden. Also returning is Lin Shaye as the mad and bad Granny Boone and Skinny Puppy’s Nivek Ogre turns up as Harper Alexander.
What stands this film apart from other horror movies at the moment is that although it has a great line in comedy running through it, the horror set-pieces are very real and raw, keeping the viewer on edge whilst slowly building up to a dark and sinister climax. The movie is also populated with flashes of the horror the maniacs originally went through but these redneck zombies don’t wallow too much on the past.
Co-writer and director Tim Sullivan keeps the film moving, never wasting a second of screen time or shying away from some of the most graphic horror I’ve seen this year. The saw table sequence just has to be seen to be believed keeping the theme true to its origins (it’s based on characters created by the legendary Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis and seen in his movie 2000 Maniacs)
As for highlights, well there are many such as the aforementioned table, a nice twist on the electric chair and a Flashdance inspired routine called ‘Cannibal Rock’, honest!
2001 Maniacs – Field Of Screams is politically incorrect horror at its most sublime and a very worth addition to what will hopefully be a long running franchise.
Tim Sullivan himself will be on the Horror Channel on July 22nd from 21:00 to introduce three films as our Director’s Night season continues. The movies are his very own 2001 Maniacs, the original movie 2000 Maniacs and Rob Zombie's House Of 1000 Corpses.
Don’t forget that 2001 Maniacs – Field of Screams will be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from July 26th.
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