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Original title: American Nightmare, The
• USA: Feb 9, 2001
DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 7, 2001
1 hour, 13 minutes
Country USA | UK
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• The American Nightmare (2000)
• Der Amerikanische Albtraum (2003)
|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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“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.
Yes, "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.
--'The Arrow' (Arrow)
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