The American Nightmare (2001)




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In the late '60s, the tone of American horror films began to shift in the wake of the startling success of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead -- horror films became gorier, bleaker, and began to subtly reflect the political and social upheaval gripping the country. Through the '70s and '80s, films like Last House on the Left, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Halloween held a distorted mirror up to American culture, reflecting its fear and chaos in the wake of Vietnam and Watergate. The American Nightmare is a documentary that looks at the transgressive horror films of the '60s and '70s and the people who made them. Directors Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, and David Cronenberg, special effects man Tom Savini, and film critics Tom Gunning and Adam Lowenstein are among those interviewed by director Adam Simon. The American Nightmare was produced for the premium cable outlet The Independent Film Channel.
Documentary , Horror , Musical & Performing Arts , Television
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Critic Reviews for The American Nightmare

All Critics (6)

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Full Review… | June 2, 2008
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Fans of horror films will want to give it a rental, as it does something very rare: it treats the genre with respect, which is as it should be.

Full Review… | March 24, 2004

Although several segments will appeal to horror aficionados, it often feels like a political statement couched in a format that will appeal to the blood and popcorn crowd.

Full Review… | November 16, 2003

Audience Reviews for The American Nightmare

FREAKING CLASSIC . . . the writer off to my right says to watch Nightmares in Red White and Blue. We are revisiting our nightmares and/or working through our fears by watching horror movies. Lots of good gore and explanation . . . now I want to see NIGHTMARES IN RED, WHITE, AND BLUE to compare the two. This movie is out-dated pre-9/11.

Gordon Terry
Gordon Terry

awesome insight into some the best horror films from the 70's. It was very interesting to me how they got there motivation and cause I have met a lot of these directors.

Tim B
Tim B

A good intro to select horror classics of the 70s. The best part of this documentary is that it is padded by interviews with the directors and film-makers. This group of film-makers examines the themes and subtext of their own and their peers' work, and how this greatly affected the path horror film-making took afterwards. Also, you might find a gem you haven't gotten around to yet.

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