Sunday, November 14, 2010

2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams - Review

2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams (2010) *
D: Tim Sullivan
C: Bill Moseley, Lin Shaye, Christa Campbell, Nivek Ogre, Andrea Leon, Ahmed Best, Katy Johnson Evans, Asa Hope, Alex Luria, Trevor Wright 

Plot Synopsis: Reality show princesses, with boyfriends in tow, are stranded in the middle of nowhere after their production assistant accidentally crashes their RV. Unfortunately for them, the ghostly maniacs of the first film have packed up their belongings and are traveling from state to state looking for fresh victims and have come upon our deserted heroines. 

Review: A competent cast, a competent genre director, a sequel to a remake (or re-imagining) that actually improved upon the source material; sounds like a can't miss, but unfortunately 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams not only falters, it falls flat on its face. The characters that populate this film are a spin off of Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie from back in there Simple Life days complete with faux boyfriends and a reality film crew. The characters that the film is forming a premise around are not only as unappealing as it gets, but dated by at least a few years as well. The film is single handily defeated by these characters and this premise. After all, how are we supposed to become invested in the film when the characters are outright annoying?

So that leaves us with the "Maniacs" at the forefront of this movie. Unfortunately, the cast that plays these characters are given nothing to sink their teeth into. They are just left to repeat what they did in the first film, but the gags, the gore- it lacks the freshness of the original. The material that the maniacs are left to engage in feels like leftover material from the previous entry. 

The 2005 version of 2001 Maniacs brought something new to the table. When putting together a follow up, the general idea is that you're supposed to expand upon the material. Instead, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams recycles ideas, recycles formulas, recycles characters that should've never been recycled to begin with. [R] 86 minutes.

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