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American Gothic (1987)

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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Psychiatrist (as Terry Kelly)
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Terri
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Lynn
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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 Teddy and Woody douse Paul's body with gasoline, you can see him blink as this is happening. 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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Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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The Best Horror Movie Ever
31 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

American Gothic...this movie has taken such a beating by all kinds of people who in my view really never gave it the chance it needed. The movie has the best acting in a horror film that i have ever seen(yes i just said that)For sure Ma(Yvonne De Carlo)is the best in this film she's so down right evil but you'd never know it.She tricks them right up to the end well or so she thinks.Fanny really scares me in this film i mean a dead baby she has is really out there but then again the whole family is.There's Teddy who is just plain dumb...as well as Woody..then Pa(Rod Steiger)pretty good in this film himself.Very evil in my eyes is Pa he's always one step ahead of the people on the island or so he acts up until the end.This movie is a sure Horror Cult Classic..it gets a 10 out 10 from me and should from you too!


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