Oh no, not another "appreciation" thread. Yep, another one. Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) I just get in the mood for a good old fashioned B movie. Most of the time, it's just a crapfest, but every now and then you find something good and entertaining. And even in the crappiest of the crappy, I almost always find something funny (intentional or not). With Grindhouse hitting the screens and the big 25th anniversary of Porky's, I've got B on the brain. My love of B movies began in the mid to late 80's. This is when my best friend and I made it our personal mission to view any and everything that may contain nudity, kung fu, or severed heads. And no stinker (Ghoulies 2 anyone) could deter us. I'm guessing there's some psychological connection for me with B movies and that time in my life. Life is never easy, but damn were those the days. Your biggest worries were: finding rides to the theater, hoping your mom never wondered why you were spending so much time in the bathroom, praying for the new Optimus Prime figure (and at the same time praying the guys at school never found out you still liked toys), wondering which swimsuit Kelly Smith may wear to the pool, and believing that your mom and dad may still get back together again. So hopefully you'll forgive me for putting more effort into these movies (and granting more latitude) than perhaps they deserve. Anyway, on with the love. I've recently discovered the joys of the Starz channel's "Horror Show" on demand category. It's a dream come true with B horror movies at your fingertips, ready whenever you are. This is one I just gave a spin to. 2001 Maniacs (2005) Tim Sullivan You are what THEY eat! This was executively produced by Eli Roth (who Cabin Fever fans will instantly recognize in a cameo) and has a similar sick sensibility, just not the same budget (or perhaps talent/vision) behind it. That isn't to say it's bad....I found myself rather entertained for 80 minutes. But I'll warn you, there isn't anything here you haven't seen before (and probably done better). Our plot revolves around some college students (and for some reason a biker and his crazy, dangerous hoochie mama) who head out to Florida for spring break but manage to wind up in the sweet southern town of Pleasant Valley, just in time for the "Guts and Glory" festival and barbeque. What Luck! And these horny teenagers (and biker...musn't forget him) know good fortune when they see it and opt to forgo the deviant dangers of Beachtime Spring Break, and kick it in the wondrous town that: "Has no running water, electricity, cable TV, or hot black bitches." Well, you know it's only a matter of time before these unfortunate souls discover that southern hospitality isn't always what it's cracked up to be. I'm happy to report that all the southern cliches are hard at work here: Dudes trying to get it on with sheep...check; cousins sleeping with cousins....check; bad teeth, square dancing, cannibalism, Daisy Duke shorts, and dudes with the rebel flag eyepatches.....check, check, check, check and check. Throw it all in the pot and make stew! It isn't long before friends come up missing, and other friends start eating their friends. Then friends get crushed by giant bells, and yet other friends "beerbong" acid. And as in every "Evil Southern Town" movie, friends throw sharpened horseshoes and their friends severed heads, and later get a "maggot bath" from the empty, evil eyesocket of the crazy mayor. By the time we get to the "twist" ending, you just have no breath left. BK Recommended Interesting Dialogue "I have full confidence in him, daddy." "Son, one time I had full confidence in a fart......shit all over myself." Trivial Facts The film was filmed on location in Georgia. On my fourth try, I managed to watch the film in its entirety. Flesh Factor: No less than 6 different naked ladies and 1 gentleman Gore Factor: No less than 13 severed heads Cheese Factor: Kraft Macaroni....it's the cheesiest!