2001 Maniacs (2005)
New production company, Raw Nerve looks to have as their mission to revitalize (paradoxally) the splatter genre. With 2001 Maniacs, the approach is a combination of the typical American teen-sex-plot, over-the-top comedy and usefully creative horror. Amusing at times, but despite a canny base idea, the film never becomes truly interesting. The lack of suspense and surprising elements (there are a couple of pseudo-surprises towards the end) kills of any cult potential. Robert Englund and Linn Shaye do their best to keep spirits high with energetic performances, but unfortunately, the film doesn't deliver more than modestly when it comes to the technical aspects of splatter film making. In that department, Raw Nerve's second 2005 outing, Hostel, is far superior.