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American Nightmare (2002)

A deranged female serial killer stalks seven young people whom phone a radio call-in show to discuss their darkest fears and a night-long game of cat-and-mouse is put into motion by the darkly sinister-looking murderess.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessie McClain
Wayne Holcomb
Chris Ryan ...
Robert McCollum ...
Tony Collins
Kristin McCollum ...
Cynthia Collins
Heather Haase ...
Melanie Ryan
Kenyon Holmes ...
Bruce Miller
Rebecca Stacey ...
Misty McClain
Trisha McClain (as Kimberly Deanne Morgan)
Scott Phillips ...
Michael H. Price ...
Jessica Reed ...


On Halloween, seven friends call the American Nightmare pirate radio show to confess their fears. Unbeknownst to them, a serial killer is listening. Before the night is over, they will discover that their confessions have ignited a psychological game of cat-and-mouse with a killer intent on delivering their fears upon them. Written by Rick-25

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One Night, Seven Friends Confess Their Fears...... To A Killer


Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/terror, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agonia  »

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Box Office


$56,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The killer is based on a real-life female serial killer named Jane Toppan (1857-1938) a Boston-born nurse whom murdered at least 30 people (mostly hospital patients) in the New England area from the mid-1880s to 1901. See more »


During the outdoor party, the "Goddess of Fire" stands up and walks away from Tony, but in the next shot, as Tony is standing up, she is sitting next to him again. See more »


[repeated phrase]
Jessie McClain: It's all good.
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With a Better Beginning and Conclusion, This Weird Story Would Be a Good Low Budget Movie
8 March 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Texas, seven friends meet in a bar to celebrate the Halloween night before going to a party. Meanwhile, they call the American Nightmare pirate radio for fun and confess their innermost fears. A serial killer, who is listening to their confessions, makes their nightmares come true, killing each one of them in a sadistic way. "American Nightmare" is a weird low budget movie that has a horrible beginning: without any previous explanation, a woman kills two couples in an isolated camping area, as if it were Friday, 13th. Then, the story shifts to a bar, where seven friends are celebrating Halloween. From this moment on, the story has a great potential, and the unknown cast has a very reasonable performance, showing also some beautiful breasts and naked bodies, as usual in this type of C production. However, the end of the screenplay does not provide any explanation for the killing instinct and motives for the behavior of the nurse Jane Toppan, giving the sensation that the budget ended before the finalization of the shooting. With a better beginning and conclusion, this weird story would be a good low budget slasher movie. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Agonia" ("Agony")

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