Just a few days after the teaser art for 2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys dropped, we’ve now gotten our hands on the official word concerning Tim Sullivan’s sequel and the first ever stills for you guys to dig on!
So the big question on everyone’s mind has been will Robert Englund be reprising his role? The short answer is no, but in his place will be none other than Bill Moseley!
According to Sullivan and producer Christopher Tuffin, this entry is as much a wild re-imagining of the preceding films as a sequel to them. Everyone’s intention was to raise the stakes beyond the ordinary glut of by-the-numbers horror releases to create a smart, genre-defying feature that pushes every limit to the extreme. Tuffin compares Maniacs to an episode of “South Park” or “The Simpsons” in the sense that Maniacs is nothing less than a carnival house mirror held up to American culture.
“Over the years I was approached many times to write and direct a sequel, but I waited until we not only had a storyline that served as a worthy successor to “2001 Maniacs”, but also the creative freedom to push the envelope open even further in a smart and funny way”, says director Sullivan. “Then on the eve of the election of Barack Obama as the nation’s first African-American president, I saw the opportunity to once again use the residents of Pleasant Valley as vehicle to expose the deep rooted prejudices of all segments of our society in a way that would hopefully make everyone realize the absurdity of their biases, while also sneaking in a few laughs in at the same time.”
“For horror fans internationally this is a great package – an established franchise, a cult director, a horror veteran like Bill Moseley surrounded by a hot young cast. We are very excited,” says Catherine Quantschnigg, head of sales for IM Global Home Entertainment who will be repping the film internationally.
Moseley heads an ensemble cast that includes Lin Shaye (Snakes on a Plane), Nivek Ogre (Repo! The Genetic Opera) Christa Campbell (Day of the Dead), Ahmed Best (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace), Trevor Wright (Shelter) and telenovela vixen Andrea Leon (Hood of Horror).
Dig on the stills below and look for more on this one soon! For more information visit the 2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys Facebook page.
After the sheriff refuses to cover up any further for the maniacs causing all the missing persons in the area, they’re forced to hit the road in what’s dubbed the “Pleasant Valley Traveling Road Show,” where the maniacs head across country in hopes of gathering more victims. We’ll follow a young TV crew called the “Road Rascals” as they find themselves mixed up with another one of the maniacs’ deadly festivals.
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