2001 Maniacs (2001)
Lots of Guts, Little Glory
Spring break is here and three friends who plan to party hard at Daytona Beach find themselves getting lost and ending up in their car in a small town surrounded by a group of locals including the mayor, Mr. Buckman (Robert Englund), who welcomes them to attend the annual Guts & Glory Festival. They are not alone as some other party goers they met at a gas station also find themselves lost and so they all decide to stay. The question is will they ever exit as whilst the locals cater for all their needs they soon realise their numbers are dropping and no one seems willing to let them go.
It's Friday night, kick back order the pizza, get a few cold ones out the fridge and slap on "2001 Maniacs" as this remake of "Two Thousand Maniacs!" is perfect viewing for the end of the week when you just want a movie which will amuse rather than requiring you to concentrate on what is going on. It isn't with out its flaws and it is sure to offend some with its completely politically incorrect styling of humour but as a comedy horror it amuses even if it doesn't give you a burning desire to watch again.
The trouble is that "2001 Maniacs" doesn't have depth it just has an abundance of politically incorrect comedy and gore so whilst the buxom babes with amuse as will the horror of someone getting their limbs torn off there is nothing else. Most significantly there is no character depth so what we have are stereotypes combined with some over the top stereotypes with both Robert Englund and Lin Shaye delivering some enjoyably over the top performances. But with no depth it only ever works at one level and so these young victims end up anonymous and it becomes a case of when will they end up dying and realising how much danger they are in.
What this all boils down to is that "2001 Maniacs" is entertaining if you enjoy the sort of humour you would find in a teen sex comedy but combined with the gore of a teen horror movie. It is why whilst an entertaining movie it isn't one which you will feel a need to watch again as it keeps things extremely simple which is not always a good thing.
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