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Release Date:
June 1984 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Every year girls move to the city determined to make their dreams come true ... or die trying. See more »
Plot:
A man investigates the disappearance of his sister with the help of her roommate. He uncovers a trail of prostitution, incest, blackmail...and murder. | Add synopsis »
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Sleazy Canadian giallo/slasher. See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Lawrence Day ... Eric (as Lawrence S. Day)
Lora Staley ... Louise
Neil Dainard ... Tony

Lenore Zann ... Tina
Claudia Udy ... Andrea
Page Fletcher ... Mark

Michael Ironside ... Sgt. Skylar (as Mike Ironside)
Larry Aubrey ... Dolly
Michael Copeman ... Fixer (as Mike Copeman)
Bunty Webb ... Operator
Tom Harvey ... Hamilton
Paul Bradley ... Motel Manager
Peter Lavender ... Wally

Martin Doyle ... Tanner (as Marty Doyle)
Don MacQuarrie ... Mugger

Alexandra Paul ... Isabelle
Nancy Oliver ... Marie
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Directed by
Don McBrearty 
 
Writing credits
John Sheppard (screenplay)

John Gault (story) &
Steven Blake (story)

Produced by
Anthony Kramreither .... executive producer
Derrett Lee .... associate producer
Paul Lynch .... executive producer
Ray Sager .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Zaza 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Hainey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ian McBride 
 
Casting by
Lucinda Sill 
 
Production Design by
Andrew Deskin 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Deskin 
 
Makeup Department
Miriam Freifeld .... hair stylist
Miriam Freifeld .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fran Solomon .... assistant production manager
Robert Wertheimer .... production manager (as Bob Wertheimer)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hugh McLean .... second assistant director
David Pamplin .... first assistant director
Lindsae Paterson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ken Clark .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Elius Caruso .... re-recording
Jack Heeren .... post sync dialogue
Dan Latour .... sound mixer
Ian McBride .... sound editor
Peter McBurnie .... post sync effects
Reynald Trudel .... boom
 
Stunts
Dwayne McLean .... fight coordinator
Dwayne McLean .... stunt double
Shelley Cook .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Barrie .... camera assistant
Ian Bresolin .... electric
Paul Fox .... clapper loader
Bill Heintz .... key grip
Craig Heintz .... second grip
John Herzog .... gaffer
Mark Mavrinac .... third grip (as Mark Mavernac)
Hugh McLean .... stills
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ariadna Ochrymovych .... wardrobe supervisor
Martha Wynne Snetsinger .... wardrobe assistant (as Martha Snetsinger)
 
Editorial Department
Karen Hall .... assistant editor
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutting (as Katerin Rankin)
 
Transportation Department
Richard Quinlan .... driver captain
 
Other crew
Tannis C. Baker .... script supervisor (as Tannis Baker)
John Gill .... production assistant
Paul Lynch .... title design
Robyn Rosenberg .... production assistant (as Robin Rosenberg)
 
Thanks
Paul Zaza .... our thanks to
 
Crew believed to be complete


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88 min
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Australia:M | Canada:R (Ontario) | USA:R
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Paul Lynch was initially interested in directing this film, but by the time this movie was ready to be made he couldn't fit it into his schedule.See more »
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Referenced in Something to Scream About (2003) (V)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Sleazy Canadian giallo/slasher., 20 August 2009
Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland

A pianist is searching for his sister who has become a prostitute.A sadistic killer is preying on prostitutes.He kills his victims with a razor.Police hunt for the girl and the killer."American Nightmare" by Don McBrearty is a Canadian giallo with some slasher elements.The look of the film is dirty and grimy and there is enough sleaze and nudity to satisfy even the most demanding smut-peddlers.There is one extremely surprising twist involving the pianist's father that truly knocked me out of my seat.It's nice to see Michael Ironside in a small role as the cop.He was really believable as the killer in another overlooked Canadian slasher "Visiting Hours".Finally I must say that the killings are fairly brutal and effective for example one stripper is drowned in a bath-tub and the killer cuts her wrists.The water becomes red with her blood.So if you are a fan of Canadian exploitation cinema you can't miss "American Nightmare".7 out of 10.

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