Masters of Terror 2017: Stephen King's Filmography

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2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams

The members of a reality show crew get kidnapped, tortured and killed by cannibals.

 

United States
2010
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Lurer
Catastrophes: 
Crash
4
You'll be screaming at your screen!
5.04
4
5.04
5.04
1
3
3
Effects
Editing
Performances
So they gave Bill Moseley the mayor’s role, a role that Robert Englund filled in 2001 Maniacs, the previous installment. Englund couldn’t return and it’s a bummer. Moseley should’ve been given a whole new character. The actors don’t seem to believe in this project. We sure don’t. By now, we know that the townsfolk are in fact ghosts but the writers make nothing of it. We’re back to square one.
The characters are poorly written. The protagonists have personalities so polarized they couldn’t possibly be friends in real life. Lesbians kissing, skinny dipping, whip cracking; at least when it comes to sex, the film gets our attention. In the end, though, the sex is so comedic it isn’t eroticizing. If it’s comedy you came for, you’ll get plenty of it. There is a bunch of good jokes in there.
It is sad to notice how this movie got neglected on all aspects. 2001 Maniacs: Field of Scream was directed and written by the same team as the original movie. The script doesn’t seem to be the problem, but somewhere between the storyboard, if any, the directing and the editing, something got lost. The energy isn’t there. The cast is uncomfortable. Sadly, this sequel adds nothing to the original.
Alternate Titles: 
2001 Maniacs 2
2001 Maniacs Part 2
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