2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams

Musical Score by: Patrick Copeland

Songs by: Various Artists

Distributed by: BSX Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In 2005, a remake of the 1964 film Two Thousand Maniacs! hit the theaters.  This new comedy horror film, 2001 Maniacs, directed by Tim Sullivan, featured a group of young, impressionable people headed south on a trip to Daytona Beach for spring break.  Unfortunately, a detour leads them through Pleasant Valley, Georgia, where, unbeknownst to them, the town’s residents are undead and looking for revenge against the Yankee scum who massacred the town’s 150 residents during the Civil War

            Five years later, a sequel has emerged.  In 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams, the annual Guts N’ Glory Jamboree has failed to yield any tasty Northerners.  Thus, the residents of Pleasant Valley are forced to take their show on the road.  Heading north to Iowa, the group exact their revenge yet again, performing “The Bloodiest Show on Earth.”  Their motto: “Come get a taste of the old south and let the old south get a taste of you!”

            When I first received the 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams Soundtrack, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Having never heard of the original film, I only had the album cover to go by.  What I figured was that this was a zombie movie with a sense of humor.  I hadn’t read the track listing and figured I would be listening to either some really gritty horror tracks, featuring heavy metal or really hard rock, but I soon discovered that this film’s soundtrack was full of surprises.

            The 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams Soundtrack features fifty tracks of songs, musical score and sound bites from the film.  Songs are performed by various artists including Ahmed Best, Clifford Allen Wagner, Me and My Friends, Sean Avolio, The United Snakes, Sweet Cyanide and Psycho Charger.  The musical score was composed by Patrick Copeland, a musician, composer, conductor and musical director out of Los Angeles with numerous works under his belt including the horror film, Hood of Horror.

            Music is often the driving force of a horror film, building adrenaline and adding to the fear factor, thus enhancing any visual effects used to scare the audience into cringing, screaming fright-filled arm-hugging freaks.  The soundtracks of horror films are designed to add to the fright factor of the visuals and often are dark and eerie in nature.  2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams is a comedy horror which calls for an entirely different musical score.  Patrick Copeland creates a score for the film that is three parts comedy and one part eeriness.  Thus, we have the silly, mirth-filled short notes featured in many comedies filtered in with eerie music designed to pump the adrenaline and spook out the listener/viewer.

            The songs featured on the album are quite diverse.  Every genre is represented here from country to rock to hip-hop to alternative.  There are some really enjoyable songs on this soundtrack.  Some of the songs are tongue in cheek and feature actors from the film.  Examples of these tracks are the country song The South’s Gonna Rise Again, a country song performed by Ahmed Best and Clifford Wagner; Killers on the Highway, a rock song performed by Clifford Wagner and Cannibals, an alternative rock song performed by Lin Shayne, Christa Campbell, Kathryn Le and Nicole Re.  Still other tracks feature songs from artists like the hip-hop song FaceBook Superstar by Kyle Justin featuring KingQueen, the pop song Do You Wanna Be My Girlfriend by Deanna DellaCioppa, the R&B song All Up in My Candy by Sean Alovio, the hard rock version of The South Will Rise by Psycho Charger and more. 

            I love soundtracks featuring movie sound bites.  For someone who has never seen the film, movie sound bites offer the listener a better understanding of the film itself and the selection of music provided on the soundtrack.  In fact, the very first track of this album offers up an explanation of just what these folks from Pleasant Valley are all about.  Each sound bite offered a hilarious sneak peak into the film and added to the enjoyment of the album.

            When I first popped the 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams Soundtrack into the player, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I can tell you honestly that I never expected to be singing along to songs like Do You Wanna Be My Girlfriend and Lord Let Me Help You Decide by Spider Mountain, featuring actors Bill Moseley and Rani Sharone (my favorite song on the soundtrack by the way).  I surely never expected to find myself laughing hysterically at sound bites like Damn Yankees, Come on Down and others that I can‘t mention due to their explicit nature.  And I certainly never expected to be playing portions of this CD for my friends as enthusiastically as I have. 

            Of course, one should keep in mind that the CD is explicit in nature and features some language and suggestive content that we wouldn’t want sensitive people or the youngins listening to.  In other words, if you are going to take my recommendation and check out this CD, don’t play it at work, around prudes, or amongst children.  But if you want to listen to a fun CD with some decent music and a whole lot of laughs, then I suggest you check out the 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams Soundtrack.  You won’t be disappointed.


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