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American Scary (2006)

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American Scary is a look at the nation's tradition of horror hosting, from Ghoulardi to Ghoul-A-Go-Go. Follow this American folk art form from its glamorous beginnings, through repeated ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Price Mike Price ... Himself / 'Baron Daemon'
Joseph Fotinos Joseph Fotinos ... Himself / 'Professor Anton Griffin'
George 'E-Gor' Chastain George 'E-Gor' Chastain ... Himself - E-Gor's Chamber of TV Horror Hosts
James Morrow James Morrow ... Himself - Author
Bob Beidman Bob Beidman ... Himself / 'Carpathian'
Lowell Cunningham Lowell Cunningham ... Himself - Creator, Men in Black
P.D. Cacek P.D. Cacek ... Herself / 'Moira the Banshee'
Michael Monahan Michael Monahan ... Himself / 'Doktor Goulfinger'
Neil Gaiman ... Himself - Author
John Kassir ... Himself / 'Cryptkeeper'
Mister Lobo ... Himself / 'Mr. Lobo'
Bob Wilkins ... Himself - Creature Features
Alan F. Milair Alan F. Milair ... Himself / 'Dr. E. Nick Witty'
Barry Hobart Barry Hobart ... Himself / 'Dr. Creep'
Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Critic & Historian


American Scary is a look at the nation's tradition of horror hosting, from Ghoulardi to Ghoul-A-Go-Go. Follow this American folk art form from its glamorous beginnings, through repeated waves of popularity, to its scrappy resurgence and survival in the age of cable access and the Internet. Written by Anonymous

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21 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Good Documentary
21 March 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

American Scary (2006)

*** (out of 4)

Good documentary covering the history of horror hosts in America. Through interviews and clips, we see how this phenomenon started off in just one city and before long they were popping up all over the country. Among the people interviewed are Mike Price (Baron Daemen), Joseph Fotinos (Professor Anton Griffin), Leonard Maltin, Joe Bob Briggs, Jeff Thompson, Donald F. Glut, Maila Nurmi (Vampira), Bob Burns, Forrest J. Ackerman, Tom Savini and John Zacherle. Dozens of other hosts from various cities are also interviewed so more than likely you're going to see your favorite if you grew up with these sort of hosts. I grew up with a couple horror hosts in the late 80s but I think most people my age were just familiar with Joe Bob Briggs and his days on TNT. Those older are the ones that this documentary is really going to hit a core with because they discuss how studios were just starting to open their vaults to TV so these hosts had a whole slew of horror movies to show people. The hosts each talk about what they wanted to do with their cheap sets and what they did or didn't want to do with the movies. A lot of people look at these hosts (and stuff like Mystery Science Theater) as insults to the movies because they cut the films up and sometimes super-imposed themselves into the film. Maltin talks about being a film buff and looking back at some of this stuff and being horrified at what they were doing but he admits that as a kid he loved it. Fans of these hosts are going to love hearing from them after all of these years and if you never got a chance to see them then you're in luck because the documentary is full of clips showing some of their highlights.

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