Every year, girls move to the big city determined to make their dreams come true...or they die trying.This is a brutally realistic depiction of the underbelly of urban degradation. Played out against the garish background of striptease, pornography, drug peddling, and prostitution, it is the grim story of a young man's search for his sister. In the process of his search, he unearths the brutal truth surrounding a young girl's death, and also lifts the lid off of the American Nightmare! Starring Michael Ironside (SCANNERS, TOTAL RECALL), Alexandra Paul (BAYWATCH, CHRISTINE), and Lenore Zann.
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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...
American Nightmare The "Katarina's Nightmare Theatre" range of DVD's from Scorpion Releasing has brought new life to some long forgotten horror gems from the video era, and I for one am very happy about that. I genuinely feel that - despite some snoozers and losers - their overall range is one of the most fan-friendly and interesting on the market today. This film hasn't been available in my neck of the world since the days of videotape, so it's a welcome addition to my collection. "American Nightmare" is an early-eighties Canadian tax-shelter production from Paul Lynch, the man behind "Prom Night" and "Humongous". It's a grimier film than either of those, and deliberately so. It's not "Maniac" level grimy, and there are some occasional light moments, but overall an attempt has been made here to deglamourize the big city and emphasize its potential to degrade and dehumanize. The story revolves around a murdered young woman from a good family who had fallen into a life of...
I don't look at this as an X-Rated horror movie as some people do. This movie has in my impression got style that you just don't see in today's horror movies. Not only does it have the famous movie star Lenore Zann in it, it also has Michael Ironside, and a lot of dark sinister creepy scary stuff in it. It will scare the devil out of you. Most of you may not see the things that I see in this movie. I'm a big huge vintage horror fan and if you like creepy classic scare you to death horror movies as I do, then I suggest that you certainly buy this horror movie. You won't be disappointed, I promise you. P.S. they just don't make horror movies like this one anymore. I've seen this on on VHS a long time ago and I was overjoyed with the DVD release. You don't have to take my word for it, buy or rent it and watch it for yourself and you'll see just what I mean.
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