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Here's The Trailer For THE AMERICAN SCREAM!

Published at: Oct. 8, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

Nordling here.

I adored THE AMERICAN SCREAM at Fantastic Fest, and yes, I'm quoted in the new trailer, but I hope that doesn't dissuade you from seeing it.  From director Michael Stephenson (BEST WORST MOVIE) comes this look at three families in a small town in Massachusetts, who for them Halloween isn't just another holiday.  It's a very sweet look at a bunch of people who consider scaring the crap out of you to be a point of pride.  It will be on the Chiller Network on October 28th - however, it will also be playing theaters and is available for order through Tugg.  Here's the trailer:

And here's where THE AMERICAN SCREAM will be playing, hopefully in a theater near you in the coming weeks!

October 13 & 14 - The Cinefamily (Los Angeles, CA) with Director Michael Paul Stephenson in person

October 16 - Roxie Theater (San Francisco, CA)

October 19 - Coolidge Corner Theater (Boston, MA)

October 20 - Nitehawk Cinema (Brooklyn, NY)

November 1 - Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park (Houston, TX)

November 3 - Alamo Drafthouse Winchester (Winchester, VA)

November 6 - Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes (San Antonio, TX)

November 9-14 - Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (Austin, TX)

November 20 - Alamo Drafthouse Park North (San Antonio, TX)  

November 28 - Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak (San Antonio, TX)

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Oct. 8, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    "An American's Cream" for 1000, Trebek!

    by Loosejerk

    You can suck it.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Oh this is wonderful, can't wait to see it.

    by Raptor Jesus

    I was a little kid in the early sixties. 'Chiller Theater' on tv on Friday nights, reading 'Famous Monsters of Filmland', building the Aurora monster models (they sold for a buck then). Those were good times. The best.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    charming... and a little sad maybe?

    by Mennen

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    @2:28 "Jump up and make a...bush noise." LMAO

    by Chris

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    There's something just a little bit wrong with all this... and sad.

    by albert comin

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of that Larper movie

    by Ryusei

    That documentary which was a real life Role Models type Live Action Role Playing Game. This seems less sad though, and more fun.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    NOT SAD!

    by ReefShark

    This is folks doing what makes them happy. I think it is brilliant. We need more folks who will get up off the couch and actually pursue what makes them happy. Whether that be in their career, their spare time, their relationships...whatever. Kudos to the subjects of the film for doing what brings joy to them.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Saw A Screener Of This

    by Chris Crocker

    And it's sad. Or at least carries an underlying sadness Nordling didn't pick up on, or care to mention. Well made for the most part, but instead of being sweet I found American Scream‘s family dynamics infuriating, however interesting. The father and son clown duo segments were the hardest to watch. It’s impossible to tell during their first few scenes if they’re both mentally retarded, or just retards. They turn out to be the latter, but not by much. The relationship mainly consists of the mid-30 year old hair-lipped son yelling/berating/ordering his diabetic father around their backyard in hopes of completing a horribly designed haunted maze. What makes Hair Lip Boy truly deplorable (besides being a part time clown) beyond living at home and off Daddy’s disability checks, and not working, is the way he treats the local fat girl that’s in love with him. She recalls times this ugly as fuck tubby piece of shit has told her how undesirable she is, and its mind blowing that even someone with such low self esteem would stick around for this, let alone help the person. And this seems to be the theme, in one way another, for most of the families featured in the doc. IT Guy and his family live in a cramped, run down home, for the simple reason that he purchased it because of it’s prime trick or treating location. Mom would love for the kids to live in a better neighborhood, with better schools, and more room, but IT Guy has aspirations to be a professional “Haunter” and needs this dump to hone his skills. He’s a seemingly sweet enough father, as long as he gets what he wants. Mom and the kids try to participate as best they can, but its obvious would like to have less to do with this yearly work fest than is thrust upon them. What’s really selfish is that after IT Guy loses his IT job, and the family is hurting for money, he dumps all of his severance pay into opening up a year round haunting business. While this all seems somewhat noble on the surface; going after your dreams, pursing your passions, creating family memories, etc., you kind of weep for everyone’s future, as at the begining of the doc each family is barely treading murky water that’s already circling the drain. The least featured family is one who’s Dad actually takes the decorating less seriously. He uses what he can find, if it looks good great, if not, no big deal. And until they mentioned his health problems, I thought we had someone likeable on our hands. But this Dad has a heart problem; bad diet, a drinker, etc. And while his family looks to be truly enjoying the decorating experience with him, you get the impression they’ll be at his funeral within the next couple of years. He consistently mentions his wife’s warnings to take it easy, and better care of himself. Hell, he he admits that he might not be around much longer to take care of his kids. Yet he mentions nothing of changing his ways. All of this begs the question as to why no secondary character, in any one of these families seems to really challenge or stand up for what they might want, in light of being willing led off the cliff by these retarded hiking guides? It’s simple. Passion trumps just about everything. We see this all the time in politics, no matter how misguided (George Bush Jr.), the loudest candidate offering the quickest fix, or diversion to real problems, winds up steering the ship. And while Halloween to these families seems to be a great diversion lots of people enjoy, I couldn’t help but think about how sad that morning after has to be.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    read downbylawfilm's post - it's SAD.

    by Mennen

    nice job, dude.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    why is this any sadder than cosplay?

    by walt

    these people are geeks embrace the geek....you fuckers

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    One guy

    by MaxHeadroom

    One guy in that seems smart enough to be interesting. The others are just doofuses.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    by Baragon

    So let me get this straight. These guys open a business, it's a success and they're "sad"? Yeah. Okay. Damn, it must be a bitch being an edgy teenager all the time. Stupid asses.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Mennen, Damn Sarcasm

    by Chris Crocker

    Don't know if you mean my post was sad because of how pretentious and long it was, or if you really agree that the doc was sad. Please let me know so I can either attack you back with some witty/twatty response, or thank you for agreeing with me.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST

    @downbylawfilm

    by SunTzu77

    What were you expecting? Hope and Change? ROFLMAO

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    suntzu

    by Chris Crocker

    too much to ask for?