American Gothic (1988)
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
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Critic Reviews for American Gothic
Even as exploitation schlock this is pretty bad.
Steiger, Pollard AND De Carlo? Yeah, okay, let's rent something else.
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.More
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?More
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 thoughMore
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