“Something is very wrong with this town.”
Six Yankee tourists driving through the Deep South are “invited” to Pleasant Valley for a centennial celebration of the town’s decimation by Union soldiers.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Civil War
- Deep South
- Herschell Gordon Lewis Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary opens his review of this “terribly acted, crudely directed” cult horror flick by stating, “I don’t necessarily mean this as a recommendation, but this is goremeister Herschell Gordon Lewis’s best film” — an opinion it’s hard to dispute after watching just a few of his other flicks, including (just for instance) Blood Feast (1963). With that said, I would recommend 2000 Maniacs — which inspired the name of the rock group “10,000 Maniacs” — to film fanatics who’d like to get a good sense of the “gore fest” genre, given that it possesses a surprisingly creepy and original premise in which the killers are “vengeance-bent ghosts of people who were wiped out by Northern troops in 1869”, ready to slaughter their unsuspecting guests “in hideous ways”. As Peary notes, this is a “truly scary movie”; chances are you’ll feel genuine terror for these unwitting Yankees and the supernatural trouble they find themselves in.
- An extremely creepy, gruesome premise
Yes. While certainly not for all tastes, every film fanatic should see at least one cult film by Herschell Gordon Lewis, and this is a good candidate.
- Cult Movie
- Important Director