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The American Nightmare - A Celebration of Films from Hollywood's Golden Age of Fright

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Restricted to persons 16 years and over.

NOTE: Contains violence.horror and nudity

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This is a documentary of some relevance and importance in my opinion. It had me enthralled right the way through, and I was satisfied at the end. It's nice to get a glimpse of what's inside the heads of (my favourite) horror directors. Although at times the footage in this film is pretty strong (real war footage etc), it seems to me to be completely relevant when put into the context of the whole film. If you're a horror freak like me, watch this!

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Disfigured knife-wielding murderers. Buxom teens fleeing for their lives through dark woods. Hordes of the undead limping along deserted streets. These iconic horror images were born in the groundbreaking films of horror maestros WES CRAVEN, JOHN CARPENTER, GEORGE A ROMERO, DAVID CRONENBERG, JOHN LANDIS and TOBE HOOPER.

Review

The explosion of gruesome horror cinema in the wake of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead is explored in this serious documentary, which has a welcome respect for an easily derided genre. A few academics make piquant observations (no film critics, although Robin Wood pioneered this line of thinking years ago), but mostly we hear from the filmmakers themselves: Romero, John Carpenter (on Halloween), Wes Craven (Last House on the Left), Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and David Cronenberg (Shivers). The directors focus on those films, not their entire careers, which limits the scope of the movie. Juxtapositioning newsreel horrors with movie scenes introduces provocative ideas about where horror comes from, but also feels a little facile. Unexpected bonus: the enthusiasm of John Landis, in describing the out-of-kilter experience of watching these affronts to good taste, and suggesting why they thrill as well as scare us. --Robert Horton

Special Features:

Dreaming The Dark: A Making-of Documentary
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Release date NZ
November 24th, 2004
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Director
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
73
Studio
Genre
  • Documentary
UPC
9322225028012
Product ID
1467335

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