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American Gothic (1988)

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

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Sarah Torgov ...
Cynthia
Terence Kelly ...
Psychiatrist (as Terry Kelly)
Mark Erickson ...
Jeff (as Mark Ericksen)
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Terri
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Rob
Fiona Hutchison ...
Lynn
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Paul
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Pa
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Ma
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Fanny
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Woody
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Teddy
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Rob: [taking Terri under his arm] Okay, where do we sleep?
Pa: ...Just a second...you hitched?
Rob: Huh?
Pa: Hitched! Hitched! Hitched! Hitched! It means married, that's what it means!
Rob: Nope
Pa: Well then, where do you think you're going?
Rob: Goin' to bed, get our 40 winks.
Pa: No you're not. There will be no devil's play in this house...
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Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: American Gothic (1998) See more »

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Prohibition Rag
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Music by Jack Trombey
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Not as bad as I thought it would be.
16 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

The theme of religious fanatics who live in complete isolation and consider any contact with the outside world "contamination" has been done to death in the horror genre, but here they give it another go. Apparently they decided that wasn't enough, so they also threw in the "adults-behaving-as-kids" theme, which also has been done before (check out the REALLY twisted 1973 film "The Baby"). The result is a campy, silly, demented and thoroughly unpleasant horror film, but the production is fairly polished, the direction is competent and Rod Steiger gives a deliciously embarrassing performance as "Pa" (what the hell was he thinking when he decided to sign on for such a movie?) (**)


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