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American Nightmare (2002)

Video  -  Crime | Horror | Thriller  -  29 January 2002 (USA)
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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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Jessie McClain
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Wayne Holcomb
Chris Ryan ...
Caligari
Robert McCollum ...
Tony Collins
Kristin McCollum ...
Cynthia Collins
Heather Haase ...
Melanie Ryan
Kenyon Holmes ...
Bruce Miller
Rebecca Stacey ...
Misty McClain
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Trisha McClain (as Kimberly Deanne Morgan)
Hayden Tweedie ...
Deanna
Scott Phillips ...
Rick
Brinke Stevens ...
Lisa
Michael H. Price ...
Stan
Jessica Reed ...
Leanne
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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

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

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

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29 January 2002 (USA)  »

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$56,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Chris Ryan, who plays radio DJ Caligari, is a real-life radio DJ for KEGL in Dallas, Texas. Much of his DJ ranting was adlibbed. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene where the killer chases the characters through the woods the shadow of a cameraman with his camera is clearly visible against a well lit tree. See more »

Quotes

Wayne Holcomb: I just know Hallowe'en is a bad time for her.
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The Duel
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A pleasant surprise of a slasher film.
22 November 2002 | by (Antioch, CA) – See all my reviews

This film is by no means a great film. What it is, however, is bordering on some of the best you can get in its genre with its budget (just $56k!), and I marvel at just how well-conceived this film is.

A lot of the dialogue is pretty cornball and self-referential to the point of nauseating, but the self-referential crap runs dry about a quarter of the way through as our slasher goes on the move. Where most good Hollywood films are just consistently witting and entertaining the whole way through, spread out evenly, this one moves almost in fits. There are lulls in the dialogue, and then absolute sparks of brilliance and a lot of tongue-in-cheek laughs.

The directing style is fairly utilitarian, which may or may not be your cup of tea, but suits me just fine. Some of the edits are poor, but most of it is dead on, and a scene where a character begins to space out and freak out is shot very well.

The script itself? Apart from the sometimes stupid dialogue, there are a lot of shining gems in the dialogue and indeed, while some of the characters may not be perfectly fleshed out, they're very realistically written. We don't really have stupid characters in this movie, surprisingly enough. They speak intelligently, and act intelligently and realistically, and I appreciate that.

In terms of gore - 'cause I know that's what all the rest of us horror fans are after - there isn't much. T&A? A decent share.

What's really on parade here is how well-written a lot of it is and how well-acted the film is as a whole. The plot has a lot of tweaks of inventiveness (a genuine female slasher!), a couple grisly scenes...the movie just works.

If you think you can get past its stumbles, I would strongly suggest you check it out. This film's a must-see for horror buffs.


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