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American Nightmare (2002)

R | | Horror | Video 29 January 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.


Jon Keeyes


Jon Keeyes




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


On Halloween night, 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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »


Radio Guy: Hey Rick, turn the radio up. He's back on.
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Crazy Credits

Andrew Magnus credited as Holistic CPA See more »


Referenced in Something to Scream About (2003) See more »


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User Reviews

This movie can cause spontaneous narcolepsy in all viewers
10 October 2002 | by Slatan9See all my reviews

This movie can cause spontaneous narcolepsy in all viewers. The only thing this movie does that is scary is present itself for rental at your local video store. If your ideal of horror is watching a couple of T&A shots, and a chick that can masturbate with a knife then it is for you!

There is no story line at all: supposed crazy nurse likes to kill folks on Halloween and do lots of drugs, ranting, and slink around looking good (with the obligatory tit shots). Even attack of the killer gummy-worms had more of a story line. No motivation for the killing, what few shots of them are supposed to be done. Very bad fake blood shots, and an ending that is as boring as the start. The nurse goes home and cries ? what, she wanted her mommy ?

Actors: What actors, someone mentioned K-Mart, and I guess that is where you find bad actors? Although I must say that with no more of a story line than this movie had, and no on set drugs, then the only smell of fear I could sense from them was the fact that people were going to see them in this movie.

Overall: this movie should be shown to film students to give exact and precise examples of the things you SHOULD NOT do in a movie.

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Release Date:

29 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agonia See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleburne, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$56,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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