Friday, November 14, 2008

New Movie: 2001 Maniacs

Critics agree that this remake of the 1960s gorefest "2,000 Maniacs" is better than the original, but that may be faint praise indeed.

After all, the original didn't become a cult classic among horror goons by being a great film. Robert Englund, whose iconic turn as the nightmare-invading Freddie Kruger is about to be redone by some new guy, stars as a bloodthirsty southern mayor. When a group of naive northern kids show up for a celebration of southern heritage in Englund's town, they soon realize that they are destined to be slaughtered and fricasseed like a stuck pig.

This is the type of offering that helps Hulu to become a go-to destination for a niche audience. Right now, the pickings are still a little slim for horror aficionados, but the day is coming when they'll have enough rubber guts and fake blood to make the most hardcore fans swoon.

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