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AMERICAN NIGHTMARE

USA, 2000 (MIFF 2001, Shadows – The Dark Side of Cinema)

Director: Adam Simon

The Royal Family of horror film directors, a veritable who's who of nastiness, discuss their seminal works and reflect on American society in the 60s and 70s. The central question at the core of this film appears to be; Can an entire nation have a nightmare? Providing an answer are. John Carpenter (Halloween), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Wes Craven (Last House on the Left), George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead). David Cronenberg (Rabid. Scanners) and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London). Going back as far as childhood trauma and early cinematic horror, the directors also dissect classics such as Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931). It Came From Outer Space (1953) and The Wolf Man (1941) The real life horror and struggles involved in the civil rights and women's movements Vietnam and the peace protests, their impact on the US and on filmmakers, is as much a part of this tremendous documentary as the on­screen slice and dice An intelligent fright fest with music by Karlheinz Stockhausen.

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