2001 Maniacs (2005)
Director: Tim Sullivan
While traveling on vacation to Florida, the college friends Anderson Lee, Cory Jones and Nelson Elliot meet the gorgeous Joey and Kat in a gas station traveling with their gay friend Ricky to the same location. Anderson gives his phone number to Joey in Florida. The teenagers decide to take a shortcut and they find a detour through an old road leading to the Southern town of Pleasant Valley. They are welcomed by the local Mayor Buckman as guests of honor together with Joey, Kat, Ricky and the Afro-American biker Malcolm and his Chinese girlfriend Leah and invited to stay for their Guts and Glory Jubilee with free lodging, meals and booze at Granny Boone’s hotel, and dancing, games and a mouth-watering barbecue in the climax of the jubilee. The group accepts the invitation but sooner they find who will supply the meat for the feast.
What we have here is a remake of a film that came in the 60’s, but really the re-make’s nature seems to be in name only. We have Robert Englund here in the lead villain role giving it his 110%, and that helps a lot. But outside of that, you would probably be best to understand a head of time that this movie is one you shouldn’t go into taking anything you see too seriously. We have blood and gore, but we also have very gimmicky bad guys that are probably a lot more funny to the average viewer than they are scary. So, with that being the case, you’d probably find more hardcore horror fans to be a little more down on this than your average horror fan who likes stuff a little more violent and less comical. We also have a cast of kids that we really don’t care about and at times encourage that they be killed off quickly. That gives us a movie where we like the bad guys more than we do the good guys. But I do believe that’s the case.
Seeing as how this movie came out in 2005, we weren’t all in on the CGI just yet. That’s not to say we don’t get some areas of spotty computer generated stuff, because we sure do, in spots. But mixed in with that we do also some of the natural stuff as well. So, it’s a mixed bag in the blood department but it’s more positive than negative. When all is said and done with this film, we end up with some memorable moments, some cool kids, and some funny characters. But it’s not a movie that you will always be in the mood for. Proof of that being how I did enjoy it more now in 2012 than I did when I first say the movie back 2006. So if nothing else, it’s at least good to see Robert Englund living it up in a role, even if that role isn’t his trademark Freddy role. There are also some cool cameos and other stuff to make the movie fun, even if it’s not that great.