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American Nightmare [DVD] (2009) Little, Brandy, Sneed, Johnny, Rochon, Debbie

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Language: English, German
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FAHFTC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,931 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Halloween and scream rolled into one! 9 May 2003
Format:DVD
I must admit that I was expecting this movie to be one long horror movie cliche after another, the title doing little to reassure me.
But wait...what a surprise.....American nightmare is first rate!
Yes the film does bear a
strong resemblance to Friday 13th (with the opening camp fire scene) and Halloween (with the babysitter in peril plot), but that is where all similarities end.
I don't know if my fellow horror fans will agree, but I am getting sick of all those big budget, no suspense horror flicks which are being churned out at the moment.
American nightmare is a low budget, inventive, suspenseful with a surprise ending.
The acting is also first rate, with particular credit going to Debbie Rochon and Brandy Little.
And as for that ending???????????? Well you will just have to buy it and see for yourself!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Broadcast 19 May 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
On the anniversary of a brutal slaying of a group of teenagers in the woods, a group of friends, including the sister of one of the victims, gather to listen to pirate radio show 'American Nightmare'. Invited by the DJ to talk about their greatest fears, the friends describe their own personal nightmares on air. Unfortunately for them, the killer is nearby and listening to their every word. Words that will come back to bite them, as soon their fears are going to become a horrifying reality...
I really enjoyed this low budget horror film. I suppose it could be called a slasher film, but whilst the kills are an integral part of the film, there is a lot more going on. I also liked the restrained approach to the murder scenes, director Keeyes deciding to build up the tension through atmosphere and tension rather than just upping the gore content. The characters are fleshed out, three dimensional and therefore the audience cares about their fates. This is especially the case with Jessie Mclain, who is still undergoing the trauma of losing her sister a year ago. Brandy Little delivers an excellent performance as Jessie, but the film belongs to Debbie Rochon. Appearing as deranged killer Jane Toppan, Rochon is terrific throughout the film, especially when Toppan goes completely off the rails. A mixture of sly cunning and maniacal menace, Toppan really is the stuff of nightmares.
Very impressive. 5 out of 5. No extras apart from the usual stills gallery , on this release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Nightmare 1 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
......good thriller with some pretty gruesome/violent deaths......
and a really good twist at the end,.....
Not to be watched alone,...not because it's that scary,..but it's much more fun for 2 to watch this ...in the dark. NO disappointments!!!
The nutter plays the part brilliantly !! ( evil one from "The Craft")
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time 13 Feb 2013
By zips78
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Foolishly impresssed by the commendable trailer for this run-of the-mill so-called slasher, I quickly realised, upon viewing, that I had wasted my cash! Filmed in a similar vein to some long-forgotten TV movie, with poor acting, slow script and little in the way of suspense, this is well worth avoiding... unless you are easily pleased, that is. I couldn't wait for it to end and get shut of!!
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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome relief from the current spate of empty horror. 7 Mar 2002
By Mike Watt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
A sublime and subtle movie that brings out the chills rather than the gore. AMERICAN NIGHTMARE is a welcome change of pace from the hack-and-slash (which I also enjoy) that usually dominate the horror genre. First time director Jon Keeyes did his homework and learned from the directors and artists who came before him, putting the emphasis on mood and character rather than gouts of Kayro blood.
By now, the plot has been well established - killer with an unknowable motive is stalking seven friends on Halloween, their deaths set to the tune of an amoral shock disc jockey. All the reasons to love this movie are the same reasons others will hate it. Those raised on a steady diet of gore - and trendy psychos spouting Henny Youngman's greatest one-liners - will think the movie tedious and that, as a few have written...
The acting is terrific across the board, particularly, and she's been singled out in countless reviews, lead actress Debbie Rochon, who turns in a powerhouse performance as the mentally and emotionally gone Jane Toppan. She is present in every scene in the film, whether physically or as only a key element of menace.
Keeyes and company have added multiple layers of dread onto the narrative, resulting in near-claustrophobia. Occassionally, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE's modest budget allows the viewer to glimpse some seams, but all in all, this is a terrific film and well worth a couple of viewings.
Highly recommended.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Friday the 13th, Halloween, American Nightmare 5 Feb 2002
By "senmar" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Reviewing a movie is always a fun task, don't start thinking I'm a professional. I'm not, just look at my grammar. But I enjoy reviewing movies as an avid movie fan, so that other fans like me get the "real scoop" on a movie not the scoop Pepsi wants you to know. So with that said and you have an idea of where I am coming from...
So I watched American Nightmare after a friend told me to check it out. At first the acting was a little cheesy (first impression) Good use of lighting, it was actually creepy the way the director chose to use the lights, they fit right into the genre of movie. So even though the acting and the lines were somewhat cheesy at first I continued and oddly enough the lines and the acting fit into the theme and I couldn't stop watching. I felt myself understanding the characters more as if they were my friends, cause those cheesy lines...that's the same sh*& we say. I never really realized that movies portray to many punks, losers, hippies, surfers, jocks and cookie cutter geeks to the extreme form. My circle of friends consists of at least one or two of each of those and we all sound and talk "pretty much" the same, using the same words and phrases used in American Nightmare. So it wasn't really cheesy lines, it was an unexpected realism in a movie (imagine that!).
The killing scenes were realistic but not ultra-blood, ultra cheese. As a matter of fact I was surprised at the lack of gore in the the movie. If your expecting a gore flick, then change your expectations and watch it anyway. This is a movie that was made to send shivers down your spine and make you want to sleep with the lights on. So you ask, then why the title of this review. I went back and rented the original Friday the 13th, Halloween, Phsycho and a couple other classics and guess what...very similiar. Maybe a little more gore in a couple of those however, they were made by production companies. The were all similiar in the way that they don't attempt to scare you with the villian so much as to you weren't sure what the villian was going to do next, maybe come after you not with showing what the villian could do to you with special effects.
So here is the guts of my review. It's realistic, great lighting and sound and does a good job of making you think "what's going to happen next, do I need to turn on some lights". I have and will reccomend it to my friends, family and coworkers.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dallas, TX gets on the proverbvial filmmaker map. 5 Feb 2002
By Randy Rhodes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is a fine example of what can be accomplished with a great vision, some great talent, and a low budget. This movie will make you have chills, laugh, and even...well, I'll let you find that part out yourselves. I would recommend this film to anyone that enjoys psychological thrillers, or horror in general. This has not been corrupted by the glam of Hollywood and the mass media industry, it's true to the director's initial visions and ideas, which makes it raw and true to life. I think what makes a great psyhchological thriller is it's ability to make you realize that the things that happen in the film could very well be happening next door, or across the street, or even to you. In a Psycho(Anthony Hopkins) kind of way, films that get under your skin as something that actually could happen are the true "horror" genre to come. The Freddies and Jasons were fun and all, but their time is past. If all we can get out of Hollywood is N'... and 97 degrees and Lucas, then I say issue everyone a camera, and get the most intense, intriguing, honest interpretations of life out there for the masses to view at their discretion. Down with the MPAA! Randysan
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Thrilling 23 Feb 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
When I purchased this I had no idea of what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Really cool film. Some great scary but not over the top seequences. Lighting was done really well. Acting was well above average for a low-budget film. Rochon is simply terrifying. Would have liked to have seen a bit more of Brinke Stevens but you can't have everything. Maybe we'll see that in the sequel.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You better see this movie... 12 Feb 2002
By Jimmy Lane Lindsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
American Nightmare is one of the best small budget movies I've ever seen. The look, and feel, of the movie is as good as any big budget film you're going to come across. The Director, Jon Keeyes, obviously takes a great deal of pride in his work, which comes shining through from beginning to end. And all of the cast do an equally fantastic job with their characters, and make you wish you could get to know them better before they are sent on their way by psycho nurse Jane Toppan. All the way around this is a movie that you need to check out. You'll be glad that you did.
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