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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.

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Complete credited cast:
Sarah Torgov ... Cynthia
... Psychiatrist (as Terry Kelly)
... Jeff (as Mark Ericksen)
... Terri
... Rob
Fiona Hutchison ... Lynn
... Paul
... Pa
... Ma
... Fanny
... Woody
... Teddy
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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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The family that slays together stays together.

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

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

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Ma: Don't you want to join the clean plate club?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Touch of Satan (1998) See more »

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Overdrive
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Music by Chris Blackwell
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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A Real Creepfest
22 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

American Gothic is a horror movie that is truly horrible and scary: Because what it portrays is a completely psychotic and homicidal family living on an isolated island in the Pacific Northwest who become the only beacon of help for several young people who become temporarily stranded on the island. The lighting in the film is almost nonexistent; it seems as though it were filmed in a basement, which adds to the creepiness. Even though there are some extremely cheezy elements in the film, there's a constant suspicion that something not just bad, but terrible and downright terrifying is going to happen. Rod Steiger and Yvonne de Carlo are absolutely brilliant in this film as "Pa" and "Ma" and are so extreme in their character portrayals that they almost become parodies of themselves and are therefore on the threshold of being humorous. But the 'kids' (who are actually 3 deranged siblings in their 40's and seemingly quite comfortable in their maritime never never land) are so creepy that they make not only your skin but lining of your bones crawl. On a scale of 1--10, I'd give this an 8.5.


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