2001 MANIACS: FIELD OF SCREAMS...
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Andrea Leon
What's it about
When the fine Southern folks of Pleasant Valley are forced to take their Guts Ní Glory Jamboree on the road, a group of LA-types end up dead. Hollywood versus Deadwood. Well, sorta.
Is it good movie?
Oh, Bill Mosley. Youíve had yourself a fine career. Though you never broke through into the mainstream (who needs that), youíve found a lovely cottage home here in the horror industry. Not only can you exude the creep factor well, but youíve got a voice thatís just pitch perfect. You could bring fear from reading the phone book. And as the star of 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams, you once again are the best element of a movie. Here, Mosley stars as Mayor Buckman, an eye patch wearing Southerner bent on getting revenge on folks from the North. Now just for the uniformed, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams is a sequel to the Robert Englund starrer 2001 Maniacs which itself is a remake of Two Thousand Maniacs from 1964. Got that? Anyway, this isnít the type of movie that really requires a viewer to watch the first movie first because everything is pretty self-explanatory. The South wants revenge. And theyíre gonna have fun doing it. Period.
2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams is the sort of movie thatís tough to judge. Itís not made for general audiences and has no real desire to be accepted by them. And why should it? Horror/comedy/splatter have always been fringe love affair for the select few. I, for one, enjoyed it thoroughly for what it is. While the plot leaves many things desired, it delivers on what fans want most: boobs, blood, and political incorrectness. At times, it perhaps pushes even bad taste a little far, but then again, this isnít the type of thing that warrants that sort of care. You just have to roll with it and allow the gory Southern cheese to drip all over your TV.
But then again, this movie leaves a lot to be desired. If director/writer Tim Sullivan had developed a script a little more, then 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams would be more memorable and rise above standard issued trash. Not that thereís anything wrong with trash, but a lot ridiculous amount of missed opportunities sat at every turn. Missed chances to make the movie a hair more fulfilling than just boobs and blood (not that thereís anything wrong with that). The idea of the South getting revenge several generations later would make more sense if they actually traced the roots of the North army members. Or something like that. It would make the plot a little thicker, but if your main goal is to showcase naked ladies and splatter them in blood, who am I to say is wrong? Especially when Bill Moseley stars in the thing.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear 16x9 Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Digital Surround
Behind the Scenes: About 18 minutes worth of behind the scenes with director Tim Sullivan explaining how the movie came together. Good stuff and pretty fascinating.
Commentary: A track with the director and a couple of the cast. Itís hard not to enjoy Sullivanís enthusiasm.
2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams delivers on everything an exploitation fan could want. Everything but a quality story and a film that warrants repeat viewings.