American Scary (2006)


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Take a trip back to a time when late night creature features were all the rage, and the personalities that presented them were nearly as popular as the movies, in this documentary about the uniquely American phenomenon of television horror hosting. Beginning in the 1950s, the horror host was a staple of regional television. From ghouls to vampires, to werewolves and crypt keepers, every host had a persona to suit their unique personalities. But their days were numbered, because as the local … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Television, Documentary
Directed By: ,
Written By: John E. Hudgens, Sandy Clark
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On DVD: Feb 17, 2009
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All Critics (3)

A great look back at an American Television staple that went the way of the dodo.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Cinema Crazed

... a lot of what is in the film is fascinating and more valuable than mere nostalgia. It tells us another kind of truth - about an America that's no less real or vital for its obscurity.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette an ADD overview of a deliriously trashy TV subgenre, this is a great start.

Full Review… | July 6, 2007

Audience Reviews for American Scary


A compilation of interviews and insight into the nostalgic world of late night horror hosts from small TV stations across America. Vampira, Elvira, Svengoolie but, sadly, no Mazeppa Pompazoidi.

Randy Tippy

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This documentary about late night movie horror hosts that grew out of the Shock Theater film package sent to local TV stations in the early to mid 60s. Having grown up on Big Chuck and Lil John and the Ghoul it was wonderful to see what so many others across the country grew up on, from Vampira, Zacherly, and Ghoulardi to Svengoolie and Son of Ghoul. I found it informative and entertaining on a subject matter I am really interested in. I really miss the local flavor TV used to have.

Kenny Scheck

Fun little documentary about TV Horror Hosts. Especially fun if you have fond memories of your local horror host (or if you are lucky enough to still have one). They manage to include and interview LOTS of local horror hosts in this one. Fun nostalgia piece. Keep in mind, this is about the hosts and not the movies that they hosted. One small quibble (but not really), it would have been fun if they had mentioned Joe Flaherty's "Count Floyd" character from SCTV.

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