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The American Nightmare (2000)

Country of Origin: USA/UK
Year of Production: 2000
Running Times: 75 mins
Format: black and white/colour 35mm
Ratio:
Sound: Dolby SR

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: Independent Film Channel/Minerva Pictures
Executive Producer: Caroline Kaplan
Producers: Paula Jalfon, Colin MacCabe, Jonathan Sehring
Associate Producer: Eliza Mellor
Production Manager: Emma Whitely
Manager of Production For IFC: Alison Palmer Bourke
Toronto Coordinator: Deborah Zwicker
Los Angeles Coordinator: Bob Bress,
Pittsburgh Coordinator: Amy Murray

SCRIPT
Script: Adam Simon

DIRECTION
Director: Adam Simon

PHOTOGRAPHY
Camera: Immo Horn
Rostrum Camera: Simon Bedford
Digital Film Facilities: Lukkien Digital Film Facilities
Lab: Cineco B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands

EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION
Editor: Paul Carlin
Online Editor: Neil Patience
Assistant Online Editor: Adam Inglis, Vivid Post-Production

MUSIC
Music: Karlheinz Stockhausen; Godspeed You Black Emperor!
Additional Music: Leechwoman; Yellow 6; Manuel De Fala; Frederico Mompou
Music Courtesy Of: MCPS; Nimbus Records; Rough Trade Publishing Ltd; Stockhausen-Verlag (Aus den Sieben Tagen; Tierkreis; Kurzwellen)

SOUND
Sound Recordists: John Quinn, Chris Syner
Dubbing Mixer: Alex Marcou

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Colourist: Katherine Grincell
Graphic Designers: Paul Welsley Griggs, Teak Mu Tse

MISCELLANEOUS
Newsreel Researcher: Stuart McKay
Stills Researcher: Margaret Johnson
Insurance Services: Media Insurance Brokers
IFC On-Air Talent Public Relations: Clien + White Inc
Photographs: The Associated Press Ltd; John Carpenter; Wes Craven; Katz Pictures Ltd; Library of Congress; Tom Savini; Topham Picturepoint; Warren Publishing Company
Film Extracts: ABC News; CBS News Archives; Compass International Pictures; Alfred Cuomo, Italy; The Film Company Ltd, London; Films Around the World Inc; Tobe Hooper; The Image Bank; Image Ten; The Institute For the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality; ITN Archive; Laurean Productions Inc; Lions Gate Films Inc; Magnum Motion Pictures Inc; Masters and Johnson Clinic; The MKR Group Inc; National Archives; NBC News Archives; Sean S. Cunningham Films Ltd; Troma Entertainment Inc; Universal Studios Licensing Inc; The WPA Film Library

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Special Thanks To: Robin Wood; Toronto Film Festival; John Landis
With Thanks To: Hercules Bellville; Cathi Gibson; Nancy Condee; Helene Connolly; Steve Jones; Kent State University; Bonnie Metro; Marc Morris; Carol Mysliwiec; Kim Newman; Chris Romero; Sandy Russo; Elayne Tobin; Marcia Zwilling-Hooper; Department of Englsih, University of Pittsburgh

CAST
John Carpenter (himself)
Carol J. Clover (himself)
Wes Craven (himself)
David Cronenberg (himself)
Tom Gunning (himself)
Tobe Hooper (himself)
John Landis (himself)
Adam Lowenstein (himself)
George A. Romero (himself)
Tom Savini (himself)

PLOT SUMMARY

A study of the American horror film as it developed throughout the 1960s and 70s, complete with illustrative clips and plenty of interviews with some of the key players.

CAPSULE REVIEW

A first rate look at the development of the North American horror film during the 60's and 70's that avoids simply being a clip show and actually has something interesting to say about the genre. Simon illustrates how upheavals in US culture during the two decades under examination informed the best horror films of the era. A valuable and intelligent piece of work that should be required viewing for anyone with a serious interest in the genre.

AVAILABILITY

UK
DVD Distributors: Anchor Bay Entertainment (ABD4207 - part of the The Hills Have Eyes set)

TIMELINE

2000
September
11: Canada - World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival

2001
February
8: Germany - shown at the Berlin International Film Festival
9: USA - theatrical release

June
9: Australia - shown at the Sydney Film Festival
17: UK - television broadcast (on FilmFour)

July
5: Czech Republic - shown at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival

August
29: Japan - theatrical release

October
8: Sweden - shown at the Stockholm Film Festival

LINKS

INCLUDES FOOTAGE FROM
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Brood (1979)
The Crazies (1973)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
The Funhouse (1981)
Halloween (1978)
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
Last House on the Left (1972)
Maniac (1980)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Rabid (1977)
Scanners (1981)
Shivers (1975)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Videodrome (1983)
White Zombie (1932)
The Wolf Man (1941)

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KEYWORDS

documentary, film makers, film history

 


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