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The Buzz:

        Once again, some horny teenagers are off to Spring Break and run into trouble along the way. This time they get sidetracked by a detour sign into the little town of Pleasant Valley, where the "friendly" southerners take them into and make them honored guests of the "Guts and Glory Jubilee." But things quickly take a turn for the sinister, and the people of Pleasant Valley turn out to be something other than what they appear in this equal parts horror-comedy.

 

Life of the Party:

        If you're a fan of what basically amounts to the "Teen-Sex-Adventure" genre of film, and like some over-the-top comedy/blood-and-guts gore-horror, than 2001 Maniacs might just fit the bill. It's one of those comedy-horrors that takes nothing seriously, and seeks purely to entertain. And while I'm filing this movie under the "horror" category purely for subject matter, the sheer ridiculousness of many aspects in the film might have you laughing throughout. And let's face it, we'll watch anything with Peter Stormare in a minor role.


I've had this nightmare...

 

Potential Hangovers:

        2001 Maniacs can never be accused to being a "good" movie; at best it can be an ā€¯entertaining" one. For me one of the main drawbacks of the film are the "southerners" of the town of Pleasant Valley. They go BEYOND stereotype. To a point where you just cannot take them seriously, in any aspect, at any time. It's almost like a horror film where people are being mysteriously picked off by a brutal killer, only to find out in the final twist that the killer is a discarded Furby doll (though...OK, that MIGHT be terrifying...). Except there's almost no mystery about it. If you pay slightly more attention to Peter Stormare's opening lecture than his students do, you'll see the "twist" coming a mile away.

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Large Party

        2001 Maniacs is pretty much the perfect film for your "bad-horror" movie night, or at parties where you don't mind tits and gore on the screen at any given moment. Sure you could watch it solo like I did, but honestly I think this movie is best served with friends and stiff drinks. Fans of the ridiculous will enjoy 2001 Maniacs for its absurdity, and B-horror fans will appreciate this solid offering to the genre.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Solid Teen-Sex-Adventure/Blood-and-Guts Gore-Horror film

+ Some legit laughs

+ Peter Stormare (even if only for about 5 minutes)

- Even the most stereotypical southerners aren't this stereotypical...usually...

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