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The American Scream (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 23 September 2012 (USA)
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An original documentary which follows three families in a small seaside town in Massachusetts as they prepare for their annual home made haunted houses. This story highlights their long ... See full summary »

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Victor Bariteau ...
Himself - Home Haunter
Tina Bariteau ...
Herself - Victor's Wife
Gwen Bariteau ...
Herself - Victor's Daughter
Catherine Bariteau ...
Herself - Victor's Daughter
Manny Souza ...
Himself - Home Haunter
Rick Brodeur ...
Himself - Home Haunter
Matthew Brodeur ...
Himself - Home Haunter
Steve O'Connor ...
Himself - Professional Haunter
David Lindblom ...
Himself - Hauntforum.com
Lori Souza ...
Herself - Manny's Wife
John Duggan ...
Himself - Victor's Friend
Barbara Bosworth ...
Herself - Matt's Friend
Nancy Bariteau ...
Herself - Victor's Mother
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An original documentary which follows three families in a small seaside town in Massachusetts as they prepare for their annual home made haunted houses. This story highlights their long journey from planning to opening day and cleanup until next year and the obstacles which face them during the process. Written by Me

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A bit slow but worth a look
28 October 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This documentary follows three families in Massachusetts as they prepare for incredibly elaborate lawn displays for Halloween. There is no narration--just shots of the various folks working and talking to the camera about their obsession to perfect their haunted houses and lawn displays. Much of it is a bit slow, but there also is a certain oddness that makes it watchable.

As I watched the film, I sure wondered about the mental states of these people and their lives. They clearly have issues and you wonder about the long-term effects on these guy's families--as well as so much stress that at several of these guys clearly are NOT enjoying this process. It's not really a hobby...it's an all-consuming obsession. And, as such, would be an interesting film to show a psychology class. However, for the average viewer this might just be a case of too much. Because the film is so long, it does drag a bit and might put off some due to this. Still, it's worth a look.


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