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The American Nightmare (2000)

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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Great Documentary
18 November 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The American Nightmare is a Documentary about Horror films of the 60's and 70's.

Mostly 70's Horror Films are brought up.

A lot of people look at Horror films and totally miss the art in them. All they think of Blood and Nudity.

The American Nightmare shows the art of Horror films.

It shows how these movies related to the times they were made.

Some people might think how does Night of The Living Dead, Dawn of The Dead, Last House on The Left relate to the times they were made?

Watch this Documentary and you will see.

Interviews with John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, George A. Romero and Tom Savini just to name a few.

Adam Simon who was the Director brought us the best Documentary on Horror films i have ever seen.

Not only a great Documentary on Horror Films just a great Documentary in General

I have watched The American Nightmare a few times and i never get tired of it.

I give The American Nightmare 10/10

A must see for any Horror fan


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