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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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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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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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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 »

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Features It Came from Outer Space (1953) See more »

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Moya
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Performed by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
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Not uninteresting, but overstates its case
14 February 2007 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

The 1970s are considered by many to have been a golden age of Amrican film-making in general; but the were arguably also a golden age of American horror films, with many classics of the genre dating from this time. 'The American Nightmare' considers some of these movies in the engaging and thoughtful company of some of those who made them; and also of John Landis, who sadly gets most screen time although the enthusiasm he has for his own words is in inverse proportion to the interest of what he has to say. But I don't quite buy the argument presented that these movies amounted to social commentary: they can be quite scary, and they may borrow their imagery from Vietnam or the civil rights movement, but their fundamental silliness is completely ignored in this reverent discussion. Personally, I think most of the films considered here are good, after a fashion; but scarcely serious. So don't watch this film for the most profound of analysis. But if you want to learn why Tobe Hooper made 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (and so on), it's unmissable viewing.


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