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The American Nightmare (2000)

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Original title: American Nightmare, The

Release Date
• USA: Feb 9, 2001
DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 7, 2001

Running Time
1 hour, 13 minutes

Country USA | UK

Production Companies
Minerva Pictures

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• The American Nightmare (2000)
• Der Amerikanische Albtraum (2003)

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Genre: Horror, Society, Murder, Suspense, Psychos

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

Plot: Legendary horror directors reveal the inspirations behind their groundbreaking films of the 1960s and '70s in this thought-provoking documentary from filmmaker Adam Simon. Through film clips and interviews, masters of mayhem George Romero, Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, John Landis, John Carpenter, and Tom Savini discuss how their disturbing cinematic creations were a direct social commentary on the real-life political horrors happening in the U.S. during that turbulent era, including Vietnam, the Cold War, racial segregation, political assassinations, and the Kent State Massacre. By placing seminal films like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, SHIVERS, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE in their proper historical context, THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE finally gives the horror genre the credit it so rightly deserves as a barometer of the American sociopolitical

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 External Reviews
external link“American Nightmare” captures the spirit of this incredible period in American filmmaking and is a must for any true film lover - especially if he or she likes horror.

external linkYes, "American Nightmare" is flawed but it obviously comes from the heart and that shines through on screen. I felt involved the whole way, appreciated the film’s gusto, its somber atmosphere and Debbie Rochon’s outstanding performance. This is a worthy addition to the slasher genre and I for one am looking forward to "American Nightmare 2". This one leaves its door wide open for a sequel…expect it. 3/4
--'The Arrow' (Arrow)

 Directed by
Adam Simon
Carnosaur, Brain Dead, The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera
 Written by
Adam Simon
Bones, The Haunting in Connecticut, Carnosaur
John Carpenter
Body Bags, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movi, Masters of Horror
Wes Craven
New Nightmare, Inside Deep Throat, Body Bags
David Cronenberg
The Fly, Crash, Jason X
Tobe Hooper
Sleepwalkers, Body Bags, Masters of Horror
John Landis
Sleepwalkers, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Battle for the Planet of the Apes
George A. Romero
Martin, Masters of Horror, Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror
Tom Savini
Grindhouse: Planet Terror, Planet Terror, From Dusk Till Dawn
 Music By
Godspeed You Black Emperor!
28 Days Later..., Chain, Une route de la soie
Karlheinz Stockhausen
In Absentia, Eldorado, Modulations

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