Monday, August 29, 2011

"2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams" DVD (director: Tim Sullivan)

Carrying on a theme began in 1964 with Herschell Gordon Lewis' extraordinary "Two Thousand Maniacs" (and continued with Sullivan's debut, "2001 Maniacs"), this semi-sequel squanders fine performances by Bill Moseley and Lin Shaye (Granny) via a terrible script, awful acting, and crappy effects.

Notable for little more than an appearance by Skinny Puppy frontman Kevin "Ogre" Ogilvie, "Field Of Screams" basically amounts to a hack-take on buffoonish MTV-style teen stars (blatantly patterned after Paris Hilton) who end up interacting with the down-home backwoods Southern folks of Pleasant Valley. Who, of course, happen to be vile killers and cannibals. You already know the rest, and you've seen it done with more flair and charisma. Sure, there are some sick deaths (often tongue-in-cheek) and some off-color jokes, and some touches of breast action, but nothing here adds up.

Truly, this one was a pain to sit through. Steer clear. (First Look Studios)

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