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American Gothic (1987)

R | | Horror | May 1988 (USA)
On a lonely island in the Pacific Northwest, a group of travelers find themselves targeted by a crazed, homicidal family.

Director:

John Hough

Writers:

Burt Wetanson (screenplay), Michael Vines (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sarah Torgov Sarah Torgov ... Cynthia
Terence Kelly ... Psychiatrist (as Terry Kelly)
Mark Erickson ... Jeff (as Mark Ericksen)
Caroline Barclay ... Terri
Mark Lindsay Chapman ... Rob
Fiona Hutchison Fiona Hutchison ... Lynn
Stephen Shellen ... Paul
Rod Steiger ... Pa
Yvonne De Carlo ... Ma
Janet Wright ... Fanny
Michael J. Pollard ... Woody
William Hootkins ... Teddy
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Storyline

When six friends fly off on a weekend getaway and are suddenly plagued by engine trouble, they're forced to land on a remote island. Looking for shelter, they're grateful to encounter Ma and Pa and their children - an eccentric family living in the island's backwoods. But what begins as simple hospitality turns into a terrifying race for survival as the friends start disappearing one by one ... and turning up dead. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

The family that slays together stays together.

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hide and Shriek See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Ontario) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The poster art, and all related media were based on the famous painting by Grant Wood. See more »

Goofs

When Cynthia hits Fanny in the head with the bathtub the bottom separates. After a few shots, the bottom is whole. See more »

Quotes

Ma: Don't you want to join the clean plate club?
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Alternate Versions

Although the cinema version was uncut the 1987 UK Virgin video release (as "Hide And Shriek") was cut by 58 secs by the BBFC. The cuts were fully waived for the 2005 Stax DVD and the film released under its original title. See more »

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Featured in Alan Parker, Composer: American Gothic (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Charleston Ahoy
(uncredited)
Music by Jack Trombey
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Not as bad as I thought it would be.
16 October 2003 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

The theme of religious fanatics who live in complete isolation and consider any contact with the outside world "contamination" has been done to death in the horror genre, but here they give it another go. Apparently they decided that wasn't enough, so they also threw in the "adults-behaving-as-kids" theme, which also has been done before (check out the REALLY twisted 1973 film "The Baby"). The result is a campy, silly, demented and thoroughly unpleasant horror film, but the production is fairly polished, the direction is competent and Rod Steiger gives a deliciously embarrassing performance as "Pa" (what the hell was he thinking when he decided to sign on for such a movie?) (**)


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