Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Looks like the Sheraton sisters and their Road Rascals crew are in serious danger! Most unfortunate for them, but very lucky for us, they have stumbled on Pleasant Valley's Travelling Jamboree. Ah, our favorite southern ghoul Bucky and his town of maniacs are back with some bones to pick clean of those Northern Yankee-Doodles. So, put on your Confederate eye patch and sharpen your sword, it's time to raise the South AGAIN! YEE-HAW!!!!!
Sheriff Friedman has decided to quit covering for the maniacs of Pleasant Valley. Being that they are in fact MANIACS, they have some bloody fun with that good ol' sheriff by rolling him down a hill in a wheel-barrel that had spikes nailed all into it. Mayor Buckman decides that since the Northerners won't come through the South then they will bring the South to them. The maniacs head to Iowa where they set up a carnival side-show attraction called Pleasant Valley's Travelling Jamboree. Soon, Rome and Tina Sheraton and their Road Rascals reality show crew crash their vehicle because of a sudden Detour sign in the middle of the road. The Road Rascals team decide to camp out for the night. The next morning, they are greeted by Buckman and the citizens of Pleasant Valley. One by one, the maniacs kill off this group of stereotypical dumbasses in very cool ways leading to a grand finale with Buckman and his maniacs against the rich Sheraton sisters.
Being that I was a huge fan of Tim Sullivan's 2005 remake 2001 Maniacs, I was absolutely psyched when I heard that a sequel was in the works. Most of the time though especially in the horror genre, sequels to remakes haven't had a good wrap. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) was an awesome remake in my opinion, but it's 2007 sequel The Hills Have Eyes 2 was horrible. Rob Zombie's Halloween was actually quite decent again in my opinion, but I was really disappointed with Zombie's 2009 sequel Halloween II or H2. The thing that kept the long awaited sequel to 2001 Maniacs from falling into the same curse was Tim Sullivan. I have become a huge fan of Sullivan's work as a horror filmmaker. I loved how Tim reinvented Pleasant Valley and made it his own while also keeping the great original format alive. Sullivan had really proven to fans and fellow filmmakers that he is a fan himself of the very genre that he operates in. Many start out making movies because they love doing it, but then let the fame and money get to them. I've seen many filmmakers that I respected deeply during the beginning of their career, but then lost their originality and passion. Sullivan however has continued to impress me. I love the man's work from 2001 Maniacs, Driftwood, his segment of Hood of Horror, his '80s short film A Christmas Treat, and now again with the long awaited 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams. Horror filmmakers like Tim Sullivan and Adam Green are what the genre really needs. Horror filmmakers who are also horror fans and care about what they make and not just about how much profit they can gain. Horror is about love for the genre and it's fans and Sullivan does the genre justice.
Anyways, the story to 2001 Maniacs is pretty easy to follow like most splatter flicks. A group of Northern folk end up part of Pleasant Valley's festival and are slaughtered one by one by the revenge hungry Confederate town. This time, instead of a group of college kids, we get a reality show crew along with two rich sisters. The script written by Chris Kobin, Tim Sullivan, and Christopher Tuffin is pretty wacky and pokes fun at a lot of stuff going on in our world. Being that the citizens of Pleasant Valley are actually from the Civil War, there's plenty of jokes regarding Abe Lincoln, slave jokes, Southern jokes, and so on. This movie can get downright offensive to people who take it seriously. Although, why folks would take these splatstick films seriously in the first place is beyond me. If you are easily offended by racist jokes, perverted jokes, sex jokes, homosexual jokes, and the list goes on then stay far away from this film because you ain't going to like what you're going to see and hear. But, if you are have a sick, dark, and perverted sense of humor then this film is for you!
The maniacs are fucking awesome in this film just as they were in 2001 Maniacs. Buckman and the maniacs are actually more vicious I thought. I fucking love the way Mayor Buckman is portrayed in this film. He was wacky and creepy in the first film. Here, he is full on wacked and a lunatic! Granny Boone is back and gets a little too friendly with a corn cob. Harper Alexander is back and really looks creepy as hell. He's no handsome pretty boy like before, this Harper looks like a MANIAC! Lester still fucks Jezabel, well a stuffed Jezabel it seems. Rufus is back showing gay boys the real meaning of broke back. Milk Maiden returns and still looks fucking hot as hell. Also, gotta love Hucklebilly. This time, there are some new maniacs. We got Scarlet Red, China Rose, and Crow. Loving the maniacs!
And then we got the victims. All of them are pretty annoying and boy it is a sure pleasure to see them die in very cool ways. There's the Sheraton sisters Rome and Tina who look like Paris Hilton wannabes. I swear, they would be perfect for The Hills. The director Jerry Schmit is a doofus. Then there's the producer Val who is obviously a lesbian and a very annoying one at that. K-Jay and Falcon ( in the closet) who are the Sheraton sisters' dates. Actually, I did happen to like the latino dude Jesus. He was actually pretty funny and didn't get on my nerves like the other characters did. Bristol Bush who was.... Wait, what did she do again? And finally, we have the token black girl Black Cherry (LMFAO!). So yeah, the victims aren't sympathetic like those from 2001 Maniacs, but boy it is fun to see them get fucked up!
Now, for the best part of the movie and most splatter flicks, the blood and kills! Dude, the kills in this movie put a HUGE smile on my face. If you're a gore-hound then you definitely won't be disappointed. Bottom line, my favorite kill is that of Bristol Bush where Harper and Milk Maiden strap her to a table saw and the saw slices through her vagina all the way up through her head splitting her in two. I love how Harper is wearing a pig nose and that him and Milk Maiden are dancing while covered in LOTS of blood. That has gone down as one of my favorite horror movie kills. We also get a funny one where the maniac girls Scarlet, China, and Milk Maiden dress one of the guys up as a Yankee soldier, strap him to a chair, and take an old timey photograph that is plugged up to some wires which is attached to the chair that electricutes the guy till his eyeballs explode and still takes a picture of the aftermath. Another favorite is where Scarlet's chasity belt opens up as a bear trap and rips off this bitch's face while she is eating her out. Rufus shows a gay guy the real meaning of broke back by bending the dude backwards so hard that it breaks him in half. I love the part where they dress the director up as Abraham Lincoln and the cigar in his mouth makes his head explode Scanners style. The death of the sheriff in the beginning of the film is obviously a homage to H.G. Lewis's original Two-Thousand Maniacs! with the wheel-barrel roll. I saw where Tim originally wanted to kill off a character like that in 2001 Maniacs, but couldn't for some reason. So, it was nice to see him finally pull it off here. Great kills all around!
The nudity is pretty great too and we also get a few sex scenes. The Sheraton sisters may be rich and spoiled bitches, but I have to admit that they have nice racks. Can I hang my coat and pants?
The acting is pretty good for this kinda film. Bill Moseley is awesome as Mayor Buckman. The guy has played southern maniacs before such as Chop Top from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Otis Driftwood from Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses and it's 2005 sequel The Devil's Rejects, so I already knew that he would fit into Buckman's shoes perfectly. Sure, Robert Englund was fucking awesome in the first 2001 Maniacs, but Moseley is equally awesome in this film. I've always loved it when he played a total maniac and he sure as hell does in this movie! Lin Shaye is great like before as Buckman's wife Granny Boone. I fucking loved Nivek Ogre as Harper Alexander. He was both darkly humorous and very creepy looking. Ryan Fleming is good again as Huckleberry ( "It's Hucklebilly dumbass!"). OOPS, my mistake. Christa Campbell returns as the sexiest Milk Maiden ever and is very good at it! I just wouldn't drink the Moon Shine. Adam Robitel returns as that sheep fucking hillbilly Lester and does the role perfectly. Robitel also edited the movie and I must say that he did a pretty fine job. Christopher McDaniel was pretty good as Rufus, Buckman's homosexual son. I really enjoyed newcomers Nicole Rae as Scarlet Red, Ahmed Best as Crow ( JAR JAR BINKS!), and Kathryn Le as China Rose.
The actors portraying the victims were also pretty good for who their characters were. Katy Marie Johnson and Asa Hope had the rich ditzy heiresses down perfectly as Rome and Tina Sheraton. They may be ditzy and annoying rich snobs, but damn they were pretty sexy and had nice boobs. Andrea Leon was good as the bitchy producer Val. Trevor Wright and Jordan Yale Levine were good as the boyfriend characters Falcon and K-Jay. Alex Luria was awesome as Jesus. I found the guy to be pretty funny especially those scenes with Harper. Alana Curry was alright as Bristol Bush. That character wasn't in the movie long enough to really get to know her. All I have to say is table sawed between the legs. Miles Dougal played a good doofus as the director Jerry Schmit. Larayia Gaston was also good as the token black girl Black Cherry. All in all, good cast.
The soundtrack is pretty decent with songs played by Crow and his partner Legend much like the first movie and Lewis's 1964 original had banjo players. Although, I still prefer the music from 2001 Maniacs a little more especially " The South Will Rise", which sounded very rock and demonic. I hear that Bill Moseley actually performed a few of the songs. Decent soundtrack.
The conclusion to the film is pretty similiar to the first movie, but better constructed in my opinion. Tim Sullivan did great yet again at directing this fun and bloody splatterific horror/comedy.
Overall, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams is a very enjoyable sequel to a very enjoyable remake. If you want more gore, more boobs, and more wacked and fucked up mayhem then you definitely got it with this sequel. The perverted, sexual, racist, politically incorrect, and dark humor. The over the top and downright brutal and bloody kills. Some great T & A. Bill Moseley as a MANIAC! And the sheer awesomeness of horror fan and filmmaker Tim Sullivan make this Maniacs sequel one to devour with some pizza, beer, and a night of hot sex. The South keeps on rising and in the next installment, they may be after YOU!
Oh, is it over already? I want MORE gore! I want more BLOOD! I want more... OH! Hello miss Milk Maiden. You're sure looking ghoulishly goregious this evening. Looks like the South ain't the only thing RISING! Until next time, have a nice fright! HEHEHEHAHAHAHA!!!!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Poor little Suzette Fremont. All she wanted was a nice and normal birthday party. What did she get? A Blood Feast! See where the splatter film began with Herschell Gordon Lewis's 1963 shocker Blood Feast, which shocked audiences with it's graphic depiction of gore and certainly leaving the viewer with something to dismember.
An Egyptian cater named Fuad Ramses has been secretly murdering and collecting body parts from several young women around the Miami area as part of a sacrificial feast to the Egyptian Goddess Ishtar. Meanwhile, Mrs. Dorothy Fremont has hired Ramses to be the cater for her daughter Suzette's birthday party. Suzette and Detective Pete Thornton are currently taking a course on Egyptian history. Pete soon discovers that Ramses is the killer that they are after and must stop him before he can take his next victim: Suzette.
The movies of H.G. Lewis are not going to be everybody's thing. It's an acquired taste in my opinion. His movies usually depict graphic scenes of gore and dismemberment, while also adding wacky humor known as slapstick humor or in this case splatstick. Before Lewis came along, movies (more particuliarly horror movies) could not have such graphic violence. Everything was under-wraps or in other words the violence was "off screen". That doesn't mean that there were no good horror films in the early days or disturbing films. Take Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho from 1960. Great horror/thriller with out any blood or nudity. It relied on story, characters, suspense, tension, music, and mystery to draw audiences in instead of delivering tons of gore and female nudity to gain an audience. Just because horror films were not allowed to show gore didn't mean that people weren't curious what graphic murders would look like in the open. There were horror genre plays that showed realistic horrific violence in front of a live audience.
In 1963, an independent filmmaker named Herschell Gordon Lewis decided to make a horror/exploitation film that would use graphic blood and gore right in front of the camera. That film was called Blood Feast, which shocked the hell out of people in the sixties. People just didn't know how to react to this new form of horror. Lewis went on to make such graphic motion pictures as Two-Thousand Maniacs!, The Gore Gore Girls, The Wizard of Gore, Color Me Blood Red, and the sequel Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat. Horror fans have and will forever know Mr. Lewis as "The Godfather of Gore". When horror filmmakers make very graphic and bloody horror flicks, a great majority of the time, Lewis is one of their top inspirations.
Anyway, Blood Feast is the first in the Lewis gorefests, but I wouldn't say it is my favorite Lewis film. It has a great cult following, but I personally liked Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat a lot better. Blood Feast is really a like it or hate it type of movie. If you're a gore hound and love Lewis's work then you will at least enjoy it. If you're into the more psychological stuff then this is definitely not your kinda movie. Like I said before, Lewis is an acquired taste. He's definitely a legend in my book. The story to Blood Feast is pretty straight forward. Lewis is not known for great storytelling or great character development. The plots to his movies are always straight forward and center on his expertise, the violence/gore. His characters are usually very wacky and the films have that wacky sense of humor. If you love sick and twisted humor then Lewis is your guy. The man sure knows how to construct gruesome gory deaths especially in Two-Thousand Maniacs! and Blood Feast 2.
The dialogue in Blood Feast sounds really ridiculous sometimes. I don't know if it was how the script was written or just intentional bad line delivery to add humor to the one dimensional victims. This is pre- Friday The 13th and we already have cannon fodder. Every victim's purpose in this movie is to die in some of the most graphic ways in the sixties. For all of those who are spoiled by modern splatter and torture porn films, yes, the gore looks really funny, but back in the early sixties man it really fucked with peoples' heads. We get some pretty cool kills. My favorite is the chick in the motel room who starts to scream before Ramses grabs her tongue while she is trying to scream and slices it out of her mouth. The part where Fuad has Suzette's friend chained to a wall and is whipping her was good too. There's also a crazy scene where Fuad attacks this girl who is making out with her boyfriend on the beach by cutting her brains out and taking her eyeball. The guy playing her boyfriend had bad fucking line delivery though, which is really fucking funny. The screenplay was written by Allison Louise Downe with the story penned by Lewis and his partner David F. Friedman. The script was alright but the violence is where this movie is good. There are definitely a few scenes that are just fucking weird though. As far as the characters go, the two leads Suzette and Detective Pete Thornton were actually pretty likeable as well as being more of actual characters. Playboy playmate Connie Mason was both very cute and likeable as Suzette. William Kerwin was definitely my favorite actor in the movie as Detective Pete Thornton. You could tell that Mason and Kerwin had good chemistry together. That's probably why Lewis and Friedman brought them back to play the surviving couple in Lewis's next shocker Two-Thousand Maniacs!.
Mal Arnold was okay as the villain Fuad Ramses. The guy definitely had that psychotic vibe about him especially his eyes which reminded me a lot of Bela Lugosi had in Dracula. Pretty creepy dude. All of the other characters are just there. These movies aren't really known for much character development anyway. I do take issue with the way some of the characters' dialogue is written though and how some of them react to the brutality in the movie. There's a scene at the end where Ramses tried to kill Suzette and the cops arrive after Ramses goes on the run. Pete tells Suzette's mother Dorothy about what's up and then tells her that she should throw all of Ramses's food out because of it being parts of the local women who were murdered. And this is her reaction...
" Oh well, I may as well fix hamburgers instead."
I don't know about you, but if the cater for my daughter's birthday party turned out to be some cannibalistic killer that planned to serve us parts of young women, the last thing I would think about is EATING FOOD and also, I don't know, FREAK THE FUCK OUT! The ending to the movie felt like a more adult version of Scooby Doo with Pete doing the Fred thing by describing how he figured out that Ramses was the killer that they were after all along. The whole thing with Ramses killing to please a statue of the Egyptian Goddess Ishtar was interesting. I really love how the sequel sets it up even more.
Overall, Blood Feast is a decent watch if you want to see old school gore and what is considered the first gory horror film. Friday The 13th or Dawn of the Dead are probably the ones that many who are unaware of Lewis think of when they think the start of gore but it was actually 1963's Blood Feast that began it all. At a fast pace of only 67 minutes, this cult horror hit depicted the shocking and grotesque for the first time on film in history.
It's over kids, you can peak now. Oh wait, we have another Lewis film to regrue. Next up on Disturbing Entertainment, BLOOD FEAST 2: ALL YOU CAN EAT. When it's ladies night, it's an all American buffet! Yom Yom Yom! It's fingerlickin' good! HEHEHEHAHAHA!
More GORE you say? I don't know, I think you've had enough. GASP! Are you that hungry for blood? Well, another BLOOD FEAST is on the menu tonight! It looks as if the grandson of Fuad Ramses has arrived in town and has set his knife on the bride's maids at the Lampley/Myers wedding. OH my, such fresh meat. So, hold on to your heart and watch the sharp obsticules, it's going to be a bloody ride!
Fuad Ramses III has arrived in town to set up shop for his new cater business after two bums apparently mutilated each other in front of the shop a few days prior. Mrs. Lampley hires the new cater to work her daughter Tiffany's wedding reception. That same day, Fuad discovers the statue of the Egyptian Goddess Ishtar in the back room of his new shop. The statue's eyes glow red, which possess Fuad. He decides to kill and use different parts of Tiffany's bride's maids for the wedding reception. Meanwhile, Tiffany's fiance' Detective Michael Myers and his partner Detective Loomis (LMFAO!) are on the case trying to find the killer. Can Myers and Loomis stop the killer before the rest of the bride's maids can be killed? Will the stuck up fucking bitch Mrs. Lampley get a gruesome and bloody death that she truly deserves? Oh God, I hope so deeply!
Herschell Gordon Lewis was a huge hit in the sixties and seventies with his gruesome and gory exploitative splatter films and then suddenly disappeared from the director's chair for a long time. Lewis usually produced other filmmakers' projects and definitely appeared at conventions to talk with his beloved fans. In 2002, Lewis returned to the director's chair with his long awaited follow up to his first big hit that many call the first of the splatter genre Blood Feast. To be quite honest, I'm not the biggest fan of the original Blood Feast. Sure, it had some wild and crazy gore for its time. Something though was missing for me. I enjoyed Lewis's second shocker Two-Thousand Maniacs! a lot more. Mainly because that film had more insane and inventive kills as well as a great revenge/supernatural story and a better sense of wacky humor. Yeah, I prefer Tim Sullivan's 2005 remake 2001 Maniacs more, but at the same time admire what Lewis accomplished with little money. Anyways, Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat is not only a step up from the original in having colorful characters and quirky humor, but also happens to be my favorite H.G. Lewis film so far.
I think the real thing that makes Blood Feast 2 better than the original is not only having better and more insane looking gore. But, it also has more fleshy characters on the menu than just one dimensional cannon fodder like the original had. Yes, some of the girls in this movie are fucking stupid, but to be honest that's what makes them more fun to watch. The humor is the best thing about the movie aside from obviously the brutal kills and disgusting bloody organs being ripped out right in front of the camera.
The screenplay written by W. Boyd Ford was fucking hilarious. I fucking love the humor in this film. Come on, you can't say that character names such as Bambi Deer, Trixie Treater, Misty Morning, and the fact that the two detectives' names are Myers and Loomis don't make you laugh. Now, all they need is Clear Rivers. Detective Loomis is by far my favorite character of the movie. All he cares about is food, which is definitely a great foil for all the gore. Nobody wants to think about food and gore at the same time, which gives the film that sick sense of humor that I fondly love. Loomis is always eating something when investigating the crime scenes of these women who have been brutally mutilated and it doesn't even faze the guy. I love how Detective Myers tries to act like such a badass when in reality the guy is dumb as a bag of bricks and also can't handle seeing the bodies without puking while Loomis hovers over the dead girls eating food while describing what happened to each girl.
The Police secretary is pretty funny too with her sarcastic remarks. I love how Myers acts like he knows it all and she corrects him and then he gets all pissed off. The bride's maids Trixie, Laci, Candy, Bambi, and Brandy ( I sense a name a pattern here) are pretty ditzy but they are smoking hot. That scene where they are changing was very nice. Can't have a splatter flick without showing some flesh. Tiffany Lampley is hot too, but doesn't really do much but hang with her girls, cry/scream, and get married to Detective Myers. Mrs. Lampley though. Wow, this woman is a bitch with all capital letters. She's stuck up, rich, puts people down, has her husband scared to even speak up, and believes that the universe revolves around only her. I fucking love how everytime she comes into a scene that a low voice repeats "SATAN SATAN SATAN". I absolutely love Lewis's sense of humor here. Hell, this woman is so bad to her husband that he actually stabs himself with a knife and lays happily on the bedroom floor just to escape her loud bitchy mouth. The sequence where Fuad tried to sneak in through her bedroom window and she closes the window down on his fingers unaware that he was there, which causes him to fall off the latter and stab himself in the leg with his own knife was pretty funny. Also, I love when Fuad serves her a dessert with his cum as the sause and she states " Oh my God, I haven't tasted anything like it before in my mouth." had me rolling. Her death was humorous too and she would be close to the last ones to go. Definitely a fucking bitch that deserved over a thousand gruesome ways to die.
Fuad Ramses III may not have the creepy looking eyes like his grandfather, but he sure makes a gore hound like myself roll with laughter. I love the scene where he tells his first victim that he doesn't want her to serve appetizers and that he wants her to BE the appetizer. Really funny stuff. The scenes with Fuad and the detectives are pretty funny as well. I love the scene where Loomis tells Myers that if he costs him one cream puff that he's going to break his foot off in his ass. The priest at the wedding is perverted as hell. I fucking love it. There's a scene where he tells these two little boys that if they don't want to burn in hell that they should always trust a priest. Bottom line, the characters are very colorful and hilarious.
This wouldn't be a Lewis film without the very over the top and brutal gore scenes. We get a lot of great stuff that will make your stomach scream. There's plenty of ripping out organs such as liver and hearts. Fuad also cuts this girl's eyeballs out and removes her tongue. A decapitation and throat slash also occur. My personal favorites are when Fuad uses an electric carving knife that removes all the flesh off this girl's head revealing her muscles and skull before breaking away her skull and removing her brains. The other is when he drives a cork screw through this chick's ear and pulls her brain out of her ear hole. Great stuff going on with the gore and special FX.
The acting is good considering the theme of the movie and the screenplay. These are not professional actors by any means but they sure do know how to entertain and make you laugh at how over the top they portray these characters. John McConnell is definitely my favorite actor playing the best character of the movie Detective Dave Loomis. The guy is fucking hilarious and had me cracking up the whole movie. Mark McLachlan was also very funny as Detective Michael Myers who had a lot of funny scenes with McConnell. Toni Wynne and Kristi Polit were both very sexy and good as Tiffany Lampley and Trixie Treeter. All of the girls playing the other bride's maids were stupidly funny and definitely eye candy. Melissa Morgan was great at playing the bitch of the movie Mrs. Lampley. Definitely the kinda character that you are begging will bite it brutally. Veronica Russell was hilarious as the secretary. I loved it when she basically did all of the Police work for Loomis and Myers. And J.P. Delahoussaye was very great and over the top as the psychotic and wacky Fuad Ramses III. The guy was hilarious and definitely entertained the hell out of me with his monologues and the way he talked to the girls before butchering them. All in all, really fun cast of unknowns.
Herschell Gordon Lewis returns to the director's chair and delivers a fun and brutal splatterfest of a sequel. Personally, I look at this as more of a remake than a sequel and a definitely great update on the 1963 original. The film is a lot longer than the original running at a good 103 minutes but flies by. Lewis did well with this film after a good almost 30 year absence. The guy is in his eighties and still knows how to deliver a fun splatterfest just like he did back when gore was looked down upon. The man is certainly a legend to gore hounds and splatter fans.
Before I conclude this review, I have to talk about the soundtrack. I absolutely loved the use of music from Southern Culture On The Skids, which added to the humor. Songs such as Zombiefied, Blood Sucker, and She's My Witch were great addictions to the scenes in which they were played in. Great wacky and fun soundtrack to a great wacky and fun splatter movie.
Overall, Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat is my favorite H.G. Lewis movie and definitely in my opinion better than the original. The wacky and perverted humor. The hot babes. The juicy gore. The colorful and dumb characters. And a great soundtrack make Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat a sequel/remake that you can certainly chew on.
It just goes to show you. There's more than one way to eat a woman out. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to have some delicious fried fingers and some pusspops with a glass of warm blood. I just have to wait for the dinner to ring the Hell. Until the next screaming, have a nice bite! HEHEHEHAHAHA!