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The American Nightmare (2000)

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An examination into the nature of 1960's-70's horror films, the involved artists, and how they reflected contemporary society.

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Horror films have often been more than simple scares. At their best, they reflect society's anxiety's and concerns. In this film, major horror film makers such as George Romero and Tobe Hooper discuss the creation of their films in the 1960s and '70s and how they related to contemporary events while interviewed intellectuals give their own opinions. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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A celebration of Films from Horror's Golden Age of Fright.


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Packaged as an extra on the Region 2 release of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes (1977). See more »

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Wes Craven: I think there is something about the "American Dream", the sort of Disneyesque dream if you will of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, god fearing and doing good whenever they can; that sort of expectation, and the flipside of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, I think that gives American horror films in some ways kind of an additional rage...
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8 November 2000 | by (CALIfornia) – See all my reviews

Finally, fans get to see the blueprint of how/why the classic horror films of the late '60s and early '70s revolutionized cinema. All thanks to America's turbulent times.

Since so much went down during this era, (The End of the Cold War,Civil Rights Movements,Kent State,Manson,Vietnam,political assassinations,Watergate,etc) It just seemed apparent to young filmmakers that "the world is gonna end, Let's just make this movie and go out with a bang"- type of mentality. As we would later know, It would all pay off, spawning a new type of horror film for a new generation.

Here in this documentary, you can learn the inspirations for:

Tom Savini's realistic make-up discoveries,Tobe Hooper's "boogeyman" thoughts for TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, David Cronenberg for using sex as a life-threatening weapon, and why Wes Craven's LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT has a scene that looks similar to a disturbing sight involving a Saigon police chief and a Viet Cong suspect.

THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE is not just recommended to fans of the genre. But to those who wonder where it all came from.


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