Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

USA, 1964
35mm film, “filmed in Eastman Color”, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis.

Plot Summary

Tourists are lured to a small town for its Centennial celebrations where they are murdered in revenge for the town’s destruction during the Civil War.


Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
© MCMLXIV [1964 – no company given]
The Jacqueline Key, Inc. presents a Friedman-Lewis production
Executive Producers:
Produced by: David F. Friedman
Production Manager: Andy Romanoff
Screenplay by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Photographed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Film Editor: Robert Sinise
Title and Theme Music by: Herschell G. Lewis
Played by: Chuck Scott and the Pleasant Valley Boys
Background Music Composed and Performed by: Larry Wellington
Sound Recordist: David F. Friedman
Production Designed by: David F. Friedman
Crew Chief: Harry Kerby
Production Assistant: David Guilbert
Unit Manager: Jerome Eden

Connie Mason as Terry Adams
Thomas Wood as Tom White
Jeffrey Allen as Mayor Buckman
Shelby Livingston as Bea Miller
Ben Moore as Lester
Jerome Eden as John Miller
Gary Bakeman as Rufe
Mark Douglas [real name: Stanley Dyrector] as Harper [Alexander]
Linda Cochran as Betsy
Yvonne Gilbert as Beverly Wells
Michael Korb as David Wells
Vincent Santo as Billy
Andy Wilson as the policeman
Candi Conder [switchboard operator]
The Pleasant Valley Boys [bluegrass musicians]

Alternative Titles

2,000 Maniacs
2000 Maniaci – Italy
2000 maníacos – Spain
2000 Maniacs – Italy (DVD)
2000 maniacs! – France
2000 maniaques – France
Deux mille maniaques – France
Dva tisoc manijakov! – Slovenia
Maníacos – Brazil


Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Maniacs (1996)
American Grindhouse (2010)
The Blood Trilogy Outtakes (1996)
Extra Weird (2003)
Film House Fever (1986)
Filmgore (1983)
Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010)
Horror Business (2005)
The Incredibly Strange Film Show: Herschell Gordon Lewis (1988)
Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell (1987)
The Shocking Truth! With Bob Murawski (2016)
Sleazemania Strikes Back (1985)
Terror on Tape (1983)
Two Thousand Maniacs Can’t Be Wrong (2016)

See also
La matanza caníbal de los garrulos lisérgicos (1993)
Mistério na Colônia (2003)



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