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The American Scream

  Unrated HD Closed Captioning

Michael Paul Stephenson

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Plot Summary

In a small Massachusetts community, three Halloween-obsessed households transform into neighbor-terrifying supernatural wonderlands in this documentary from the director of BEST WORST MOVIE.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Though not must-see cinema, it is entertaining and affecting. – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, Oct 19, 2012

Fresh: We discover that the haunted house hobby has inspired a small industry, annual conventions and inspirational talks by haunters. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Oct 25, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Great Doc on the greatest Holiday!

This was a very emotional documentary about the lives that are effected by the love of Halloween decorations. It's heart warming and a great way to spend a family night before any holiday.

A Haunted Treasure

A wonderful slice of Americana. If you have any love for Halloween or an appreciation for the passion people put into making it a special night for their community, check this out.

Not really what I had expected

I didn't expect it to be a documentary (maybe I should have read further with the reviews). My expectation was an actual movie with some horror into it, but I guessed wrong. I think I laughed more at how ridiculous this film was than put forth my interest into it.

Pros: It's creative, by exploring the hard work a few of these families go through. It shows their dedication to the Halloween season.. and I definitely agree that this holiday in general brings the entire community together as a whole than any other holiday (which is often dedicated for "family" time).

Cons: I think the videographer could have done a better job. There's no clear cut idea for the entire film. It seem to ridicule the interests some of these fathers have in relation to Halloween than show the appreciation of the holiday.

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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