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American Nightmare (2002)

A deranged female serial killer stalks seven young people whom phone a radio call-in show to discuss their darkest fears and a night-long game of cat-and-mouse is put into motion by the darkly sinister-looking murderess.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jane Toppan
... Jessie McClain
... Wayne Holcomb
Chris Ryan ... Caligari
... Tony Collins
Kristin McCollum ... Cynthia Collins
Heather Haase ... Melanie Ryan
Kenyon Holmes ... Bruce Miller
Rebecca Stacey ... Misty McClain
... Trisha McClain (as Kimberly Deanne Morgan)
Hayden Tweedie ... Deanna
Scott Phillips ... Rick
... Lisa
Michael H. Price ... Stan
Jessica Reed ... Leanne


On Halloween, seven friends call the American Nightmare pirate radio show to confess their fears. Unbeknownst to them, a serial killer is listening. Before the night is over, they will discover that their confessions have ignited a psychological game of cat-and-mouse with a killer intent on delivering their fears upon them. Written by Rick-25

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One Night, Seven Friends Confess Their Fears...... To A Killer


Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/terror, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agonia  »

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Box Office


$56,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The killer is based on a real-life female serial killer named Jane Toppan (1857-1938) a Boston-born nurse whom murdered at least 30 people (mostly hospital patients) in the New England area from the mid-1880s to 1901. See more »


At the end of the movie, when Jessie mistakes Misty for the killer and shoots her, you clearly see Misty's character blink two times when she is supposed to be dead. See more »


Wayne Holcomb: I just know Hallowe'en is a bad time for her.
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Crazy Credits

Andrew Magnus credited as Holistic CPA See more »


Features Haunting Fear (1990) See more »


The Duel
Written by M. Stultz, S. Clarke & D. Shuller
Performed by The Sandblasters
Courtesy of Wildebeest Records
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A lot of clichés, but somewhat scary and ok entertainment!
30 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

When I read the plot for the movie my expectations where pretty high. A bunch of people confessing their worst nightmares to a radio station and then having to live through these nightmares because a psycho murderer overheard their confessions. Wow, I thought this sounded cool, but it wasn't. Well, ok you get scared a bunch of times in the movie, but what really annoyed me is the way the movie is carried out. The scary feel of the movie never comes out due to the tempo of the movie and the constant switching of scenery from scary to safe. I want more scary and less safe! But hey, I think you should see it anyway as it might scare you, and that is what the movie is all about. My rating: 5 out of 10

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