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American Gothic (Hide and Shriek)

American Gothic (Hide and Shriek) (1988)


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Release Date: Feb 1, 1988 Wide



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This eccentric, amusingly sick Canadian production involves a group of annoying yuppies who charter a plane for a camping getaway, only to find themselves making an emergency landing on an isolated, forest-covered island. They are taken in by the only inhabitants, the rabidly-religious "Ma & Pa" (Yvonne De Carlo and Rod Steiger), who seem trapped in a Norman Rockwellian time-warp and are invited to stay the night. This proves to be every bit as unpleasant as it seems -- especially after the



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Even as exploitation schlock this is pretty bad.

January 21, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Steiger, Pollard AND De Carlo? Yeah, okay, let's rent something else.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for American Gothic (Hide and Shriek)

Interesting, but flawed psycho horror/ slasher film that is somewhat tongue in cheek. American Gothic is a different style of slasher film, and though it's not the best, it adds a certain twist to the genre. American Gothic is one of those films that you can't really take seriously. Director John Hough directs this unique Slasher and does a pretty good job. The acting is pretty good considering, however it's clear that the film could have been much better. I'm just saying that the film had the potential in being a terrific horror film, but it ends up being an average film that leaves you wanting a bit more. American Gothic is entertaining, and is pretty good, but in the end it leaves a lot to be desired. The problem with the film is that at times it goes overboard on its silliness and it becomes laughable. Still, I enjoyed the film, but I expected something really original with this Slasher film, and somehow I got that, but I just wish that the filmmakers could have delivered slightly better kills and toned down on the tongue in cheek material, only a little bit. Overall American Gothic is a good, different style of Slasher and it works. Though not perfect, the film is entertaining enough to appeal to horror fans. John Hough has made a good film that like I said, not perfect, but good. This is one of those films that is underrated and is worth checking out.
November 19, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This film has completely destroyed my boyhood crush on Yvonne De Carlo. It's a typical American 80's horror movie, the bit with the baby was quite distasteful but the eerie things is that there probably are people out there like this. I got it from the bargain bin that was in an Ironmongers (hardware store), will I ever learn?
May 3, 2011

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Slow-moving slasher about a bunch of young adults who cross paths with a religious, backwoods American family on an isolated island. Enjoyable at times, but it shy's away from any graphic violence cutting the camera away rather annoyingly. Had a good unexpected finale though
January 12, 2011
Lee ?

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Canadians have done it again!!! With limited budget and actors, they produced an entertaining piece of work.
October 1, 2011
Sylvester Kuo

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    1. Fanny: Cynthia. Did I scare you, Cynth? Shhh. I want you to come up to my room. I want you to see my baby.
    – Submitted by Aaron B (14 months ago)
    1. Pa: There will be no Devil's play in this house!
    – Submitted by Aaron B (14 months ago)
    1. Fanny: I'm gonna have a birthday party and I'm gonna be twelve!
    – Submitted by Aaron B (14 months ago)
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