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American Gothic (1988)

R  |   |  Horror  |  May 1988 (USA)
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On a lonely island in the Pacific Northwest, a group of travelers find themselves targeted by a crazed, homicidal family.

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When six friends fly off on a weekend getaway and are suddenly plagued by engine trouble, they're forced to land on a remote island. Looking for shelter, they're grateful to encounter Ma and Pa and their children - an eccentric family living in the island's backwoods. But what begins as simple hospitality turns into a terrifying race for survival as the friends start disappearing one by one ... and turning up dead. Written by alfiehitchie

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The family that slays together stays together.

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The poster art, and all related media were based on the famous painting by Grant Wood. See more »

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When Cynthia hits Fanny in the head with the bathtub the bottom separates. After a few shots, the bottom is whole. See more »

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Ma: Don't you want to join the clean plate club?
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Prohibition Rag
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Music by Jack Trombey
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A Good and Original Horror Movie
21 April 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Cynthia (Sarah Torgov) leaves a mental institution, where she stayed after losing her baby in a bath accident. Her husband decides to join a group of friends and fly from Seattle to a camping in a small hydroplane. The craft has a problem and it lands in a lonely island in the middle of nowhere. There, they are hosted by Ma (Yvonne de Carlo) and Pa (Rod Steiger), a very religious couple, who lives like they were in the beginning of the Twentieth Century. When the group meets the two sons and the daughter of Ma and Pa, they realize that they are in the middle of very demented persons, who start hunting them. This movie was a great surprise. Although having a low rating in IMDB, it is indeed a good and original horror movie. The scary story has many funny situations, and the direction and performance of the cast are very good. The contrast in the behavior of such a nice Ma and Pa when the secret of that weird family is disclosed, is really frightening. Highly recommended for fans of horror movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): `Os Anfitriões' (`The Hosts')


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