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American Gothic [1988] [DVD]

Sarah Torgov , Terence Kelly , John Hough    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sarah Torgov, Terence Kelly, Mark Erickson, Caroline Barclay, Mark Lindsay Chapman
  • Directors: John Hough
  • Writers: Burt Wetanson, Michael Vines
  • Producers: Christopher Harrop, George Walker, John A. O'Connor, John Quested, Michael Manley
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Stax Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,828 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Rod Steiger stars in this violent horror. A group of prosperous young people plan a camping trip in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, but they are forced to make an emergency landing on an isolated island. They end up staying at a house run by the old-fashioned Ma (Yvonne De Carlo) and Pa (Steiger), an elderly couple who seem to have stepped out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Little do the group know that Ma and Pa are also the heads of a vicious serial killing family.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted 80's Horror 25 Nov 2011
By j.r
If you're into horrors, particuarly classics like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday 13th, Bloody Valentine, Halloween etc then you'll definately like American Gothic. It's quite a sick and twisted little film that manages to keep you entertained from beginning to end. I found it fractionally too horrible in places. I prefer my horrors very scary or completaly tongue in cheek, this one veered between the two which made me feel unsettled. I'd give it 3.8 out of 5. Not a classic but definately worth seeing if you're into this sort of thing. The DVD is widescreen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "There will be no Devil's play in this house" 2 Mar 2013
By West25
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Cynthia recently lost her child and has spent some time recovering in a hospital, she's just been released so her husband, Jeff, decides to take her and four friends to the islands where they spent their honeymoon. They start to encounter engine difficulties while in the air, so decide to land the plane on what appears to be a deserted island. They set up camp for the night, and the following morning they set off to find help. They eventually stumble upon a cottage and go inside, where they meet an old couple that simply call themselves Ma and Pa. They're invited to stay for dinner and the group accept, one of them lights up a cigarette and Pa shows his disgust and tells her to smoke outside. They then meet one of their children called Fanny, a middle-aged woman who claims to be twelve-years-old. The group stay the night at Ma and Pa's, but the group have been split into male and female, as they won't tolerate premarital sex under their roof. In the morning, a member of the group called Rob decides to take a walk and finds Fanny playing on a crudely made swing with her brother, Woody. Rob is killed and the group mourn his death. We then meet Ma and Pa's other son called Teddy. The group soon discover that they've made a horrible mistake landing on their island, and they'll be lucky to make it off as the family begin the hunt.

Academy Award winner Rod Steiger is Pa, this is not the type of film you expect an actor of Steiger's ability to be in, but he really adds gravitas to a role that would have been turned into a caricature in lesser hands. He's as creepy as he is funny, and he's definitely the main draw in this film. Yvonne De Carlo is almost as good as Ma, the two of them play off each other wonderfully to create one of the strangest couples from a slasher film.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s classic 14 Jun 2007
If your a horror fan like me you will love this film.The acting is very good for a 80s B-movie it also has plenty of shocks and twists.Buy it you wont be sorry its really good five stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars sometimes films just look dated 16 July 2013
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I remember this one from the old days of vhs (think it was called Hide and Shriek back then) and thought I would give it a go some 20 odd years later to see if it stands up today.

Well to start with the acting,you can't go far wrong with Steiger and DeCarlo together,and Michael J Pollard gives some sinister humor,the rest of the cast also give solid performances.

Trouble is the "young folk" the teenage characters are really annoying and disrespectful in other words complete jerks,and I just could not wait for them to get killed.

Now either I was one of them when growing up at the time so never noticed them in films of this genre,but have now grown up and now find them irritating as hell - or this film is an exception and I simply forgot.Either way for me it had the effect of dating the look and as there is very little blood when the killing starts it became disappointing.

So would I recommend it ?
Yes its only a couple of quid used
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