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The American Nightmare (2000)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror | 20 July 2003 (Austria)
An examination into the nature of 1960s-'70s horror films, the artists involved, and how they reflected contemporary society.

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Cast

Credited cast:
George A. Romero ... Self
John Carpenter ... Self
Tom Savini ... Self
David Cronenberg ... Self
Wes Craven ... Self
Tobe Hooper ... Self
John Landis ... Self
Tom Gunning Tom Gunning ... Self
Carol J. Clover Carol J. Clover ... Self (as Carol Clover)
Adam Lowenstein Adam Lowenstein ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marshall Anker Marshall Anker ... Self (archive footage)
Evelyn Ankers ... Self (archive footage)
Kirsten Bishop ... Self (archive footage)
Joan Blackman ... Self (archive footage)
Marilyn Burns ... Self (archive footage)
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Storyline

Horror films have often been more than simple scares. At their best, they reflect society's anxiety's and concerns. In this film, major horror film makers such as George Romero and Tobe Hooper discuss the creation of their films in the 1960s and '70s and how they related to contemporary events while interviewed intellectuals give their own opinions. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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A celebration of Films from Horror's Golden Age of Fright.


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English

Release Date:

20 July 2003 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerykański koszmar See more »

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Minerva Pictures See more »
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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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Packaged as an extra on the Region 2 release of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes (1977). See more »

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Wes Craven: I think there is something about the "American Dream", the sort of Disneyesque dream if you will of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, god fearing and doing good whenever they can; that sort of expectation, and the flipside of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, I think that gives American horror films in some ways kind of an additional rage...
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Alternate Versions

Despite being shown uncut on BBC TV the version released in the UK, as part of The Hills Have Eyes 2-disc by Anchor Bay, was cut by 14 secs by the BBFC. This was to remove scenes from _Last House on the Left, The (1972)_ which had previously been cut by the BBFC. See more »

Connections

References Terrifying Tales (1989) See more »

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Performed by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
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How it all started...
8 November 2000 | by QKnownSee all my reviews

Finally, fans get to see the blueprint of how/why the classic horror films of the late '60s and early '70s revolutionized cinema. All thanks to America's turbulent times.

Since so much went down during this era, (The End of the Cold War,Civil Rights Movements,Kent State,Manson,Vietnam,political assassinations,Watergate,etc) It just seemed apparent to young filmmakers that "the world is gonna end, Let's just make this movie and go out with a bang"- type of mentality. As we would later know, It would all pay off, spawning a new type of horror film for a new generation.

Here in this documentary, you can learn the inspirations for:

Tom Savini's realistic make-up discoveries,Tobe Hooper's "boogeyman" thoughts for TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, David Cronenberg for using sex as a life-threatening weapon, and why Wes Craven's LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT has a scene that looks similar to a disturbing sight involving a Saigon police chief and a Viet Cong suspect.

THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE is not just recommended to fans of the genre. But to those who wonder where it all came from.


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