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American Nightmare (1983)

A man investigates the disappearance of his sister with the help of her roommate. He uncovers a trail of prostitution, incest, blackmail...and murder.

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Lawrence Day ...
Eric (as Lawrence S. Day)
Lora Staley ...
Louise
Neil Dainard ...
Tony
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Tina
Claudia Udy ...
Andrea
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Mark
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Larry Aubrey ...
Dolly
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Fixer (as Mike Copeman)
Bunty Webb ...
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Tom Harvey ...
Hamilton
Paul Bradley ...
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Peter Lavender ...
Wally
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Tanner (as Marty Doyle)
Don MacQuarrie ...
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A man investigates the disappearance of his sister with the help of her roommate. He uncovers a trail of prostitution, incest, blackmail...and murder.

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American Nightmare. Pray you never have one. See more »

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Alexandra Paul was dating lead actor Lawrence Day at the time that she acted in this film. See more »

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Gold Star Canuxploitation
28 March 2008 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

The son of a powerful entrepreneur receives a post from his sister, pleading for him to rescue her from an unspecified danger. With only the letter's return address as a lead, he begins a dot-to-dot descent into the seedy urban underbelly, gathering bits of information from one sleazy miscreant after another.

Along the way, a good-natured stripper comes to his aid, and love blooms between the two. Meanwhile, hookers, exotic dancers, and various other reprobates are dropping dead, the victims of an unseen madman.

This is a better-than-expected film, one that joyfully wallows in the sleaze of its urban environs, but manages to rise slightly above the lowbrow caliber of gratuitous exploitation cinema. Fine performances and steady pacing catapult American NIGHTMARE above the average for films of its type, but the tawdriness of the subject matter at hand should keep the grindhouse crowd pleased, as well.

6/10...reccomended.


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