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American Gothic (1988)

American Gothic





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Three couples are off for a vacation weekend together when their small plane is forced to land on an island somewhere off the coast of Seattle. They soon discover that the island's only other occupants are the members of a strange family who've apparently been holed up on the island for years. Heading the family are a strange couple of folks (Yvonne deCarlo and Rod Steiger) who along with their retarded children, are not exactly Motel 6 types. The family invites the newcomers to dinner and its not long before members of the marooned group start ending up dead.more
Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Burt Wetanson, Michael Viner, Bert Wetanson, John Hough, Terry Lens
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Sarah Torgov
as Cynthia
Terry Kelly
as Psychiatrist
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Critic Reviews for American Gothic

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for American Gothic

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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

Lee ?

Super Reviewer

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

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

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