American Scary (2006)
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Critic Reviews for American Scary
A great look back at an American Television staple that went the way of the dodo.
... 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.
...as an ADD overview of a deliriously trashy TV subgenre, this is a great start.
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.
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.
An amusing little nostalgic trip into the history of horror hosting. Entertaining and informative, but ultimately a footnote in horror docs.
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