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American Nightmare [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Michael Ironside    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Ironside
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Scorpion Records
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NA3I58
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,510 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleazy 80's slasher 29 Nov 2012
Format:DVD
I've been waiting forever for Scorpion to release this early 80's slasher and I'm now pleased to finally have it in my collection. American Nightmare isn't exactly the most well known of horror films but it's a very good one and I'm a big fan of it. The story follows a guy searching for his sister who has disappeared. His investigation leads him to sleazy strip clubs and prostitution where he gets the help of a stripper. A detective (Michael Ironside)is also on the case as women are turning up brutally murdered.
I guess this has just as much a thriller or giallo feel to it as a slasher but I've always thought of it as a slasher film. The film is extremely sleazy and gritty and for sure up there among the darkest and most grim slashers out there. The killings are well done with some very effective suspense and cool gore too. It's obviously a low budget film but the acting is pretty good and there are a few familiar faces in the cast. The story and mystery is really good and intriguing with plenty of good twists and turns. This is definitely a forgotten gem in my opinion and i think you'd especially love it if you like your slashers nice n sleazy.
It's so great that Scorpion have released this obscure film. As for the transfer; well some may complain of the green line at the bottom of the screen but it doesn't bother me much. It gives it even more of a gritty feel. Extras include a commentary track.
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By West25
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Eric is a young and wealthy concert pianist who travels to an unnamed city looking for his missing sister, Isabelle. Eric starts his search in a rundown building where the inhabitants are strippers, prostitutes and transvestites. He's told by a transvestite that his sister works in a strip club, he then goes to see his dad and gets into an argument, plays on the piano a bit and then goes back to the building where his sister was living. It's here that he meets Louise, a friend of his sister who also works at the same club. Eric goes to the police and speaks to Sergeant Skylar, who starts an investigation. As Eric and Skylar are looking for her seperately, a murderer is killing off a lot of people that knew Isabelle. An attempt is made on Louise's life, so her and Eric join forces to try and find out what happened to Isabelle. They uncover a trail of prostitution, incest, blackmail and murder.

Michael Ironside gets top billing despite the fact he isn't in the film for that long, apparently the film was shot in 1981 but wasn't released until '83. It's quite possible that Ironside shot this before Scanners and the hugely underrated Visiting Hours, otherwise I'm sure his role would have been made larger. Ironside is probably best known to most people for his performance as Richter in Total Recall. Lawrence Day was quite likeable as Eric, he gives a good performance but only ever made one more film appearance after this, he looks a bit like David Cronenberg. Lenore Zann was good as a stripper, I recognised her straight away from her roles in Happy Birthday To Me and again, Visiting Hours. There's also a small role for Alexandra Paul who made her film debut as Isabelle, she later went on to make John Carpenter's Christine and spent five years on Baywatch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent low-budget Canadian Giallo. 14 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
This low budget Canadian thriller definitely has a style of it's own, it's not really a slasher movie as the killer has something else on his mind than just killing prostitutes (though he definitely isn't sane). It's more of a Canadian giallo, and it looks and feels pretty much like you'd expect a Canadian giallo would - that is to say, it's devoid of the stylistic touches you'd expect from an Italian giallo and has that flat, dull look you'd expect from a Canadian t.v. movie. The story's about a young girl who goes missing and her older pianist brother starts looking for her but the only people who can help him are a group of strippers who shared an apartment with her. The strippers start to get picked off one by one until the older brother, a girl named Louise, and a whole lot of red herrings are left standing. It's fairly sleazy; you'll lose count of how many times the action (such as it is) screeches to a halt for another strip routine. It however does have one jaw-dropping twist (involving the pianist's father) which I thought was pretty good.

Made for a paltry $200,000 in the wintry streets of Toronto in 1981, American Nightmare sat on shelves for a full year before finally being released in 1983 just as the slasher cycle was winding down. It has languished on dusty video shelves ever since, but nevertheless remains notable not only for being Canada's sole giallo-styled effort, but also for the talent involved. The film features the screen debut of Alexandra Paul (Christine, Baywatch) and proverbial Canadian villain and cult actor Michael Ironside in a rare good guy role (he plays a detective, although his parts were way too short).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Forgotten Sleazefest from 1980's Canada 9 Nov 2012
By Herbert West - Published on Amazon.com
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Scorpion Releasing's Katarina's Nightmare Theater collection continues with their latest release American Nightmare from 1982 (filmed in 1981).

Katarina introduces this film as being one of their most uncomfortable and seedy releases yet and warns the viewer. If ugly people and strip clubs are what she is referring to then you will survive, as the blood is to a minimum here. Some nudity is thrown around but most of it comes from some really gross looking strippers. The "horror" in this film is urban decay and the film does exceed in that department with flying colors. I'm into gritty underground cinema so while I was hoping for a more fast-paced thriller, this film seems to drag on a bit to wallow in the dregs of society. Its a bit oppressive.

Genre favorite Michael Ironside plays a detective after the killer who is offing all the female "talent" in this film. Too bad he isn't given much to do here.

The biggest disappointment is the film quality its self. Its full frame (ugh) and the film print is severely damaged - greens and grays bleed towards the center screen from the edges of the print throughout most of the film, giving it a trashy drive-in feel. If only it were widescreen, then it might work in the film's favor, but alas it's not. I guess Scorpion was unable to get a decent copy of this film to clean up.

I'm still enjoying this line of releases which has been hit and miss, but mostly hit in my opinion. If they can release more films along the quality of Mortuary and Satan's Slave then I can see this line of releases being popular for a long time to come.

Late 2012 is the "season of sleaze" for Katarina's Nightmare Theater - A bold move for the company as American Nightmare will only be enjoyed by the jaded, seasoned underground enthusiast

I recommend this for those folks. Its a grimy film worth viewing in the wee hours of the night.
4.0 out of 5 stars Scorpion Releasing delivers another obscure thriller. 4 Dec 2013
By Fred Adelman - Published on Amazon.com
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Canadian-made film about the horrors of searching for a loved one in the United States. Full of bizarre situations and bursts of violence. What more could you ask for?
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-appreciated horror thriller 25 Aug 2013
By Zekemiller88 - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite some poor low budget production qualities, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE is a well made and sometimes scary movie about early 80s urban decay that has some neat perspectives to offer that differentiate it from the rest of its kin. A must for slasher or giallo fans.
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange film, Candian slasher mad in the USA 25 Aug 2013
By dscottrose - Published on Amazon.com
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Am enjoyable, obscure horror film. Michael Ironside is always very good. A much welcomed addition to my horror film collection.
4.0 out of 5 stars Canadian Nightmare 19 Feb 2013
By jgrinder - Published on Amazon.com
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Great giallo-style movie...Canada is not well known for it's horror genre, but this movie is a must for giallo fans.
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