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The American Scream 2012 NR CC

4.2 out of 5 stars (13) IMDb 6.9/10

In a small Massachusetts community, three Halloween-obsessed households transform into neighbor-terrifying supernatural wonderlands.

Starring:
Matthew Brodeur, Victor Bariteau
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Michael Stephenson
Starring Matthew Brodeur, Victor Bariteau
Supporting actors Manny Souza, Lori Souza, Richard Brodeur, Tina Bariteau
Studio Brainstorm Media
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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One of my friends is REALLY into Halloween. Every year he decorates his house in such a way that there’s literally a line of people around the block waiting for his gate to open. Ever animatronic you could possibly buy at Spirit Halloween is in his front yard, there are ghosts projected on his windows from the outside, and he gives out the absolute best candy bars and goodies you could imagine. Oh, you got a glow stick? Well he hands out shirts with light panels that react to sound and light up x number panels depending on how loud the sound is.

Yeah, he does this every year. Don’t even get me started on what he does for Christmas.

When I found out about The American Scream, I was excited to watch it, hoping to get some interesting stories about the process. Unfortunately, all I got was something even plainer than vanilla.

The American Scream covers four guys in three sections. First there’s Victor, who has the biggest haunted house in town each year, with many decorations both inside and outside his home. He cares a lot about what he does for the people, obsessing over little details in things even if it’s unnoticeable to anyone else. He has a wife and two daughters who help him with the decorations and take part in the haunted house. One of his kids even mentions how they’ll go out trick-or-treating for just a little bit, then come right back home because it’s so fun and they get more out of that. Next up is Manny, a guy who is able to do some fantastic stuff to his home with things he gets for free or gets a bargain on. Need a corn maze? He asks a farmer if he can buy some corn and the guy lets him and his kids take all they want as long as they cut it down themselves. He’s very down to earth and has a laid back approach to his craft.
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All except for one guy in the film, I really,really enjoyed it. There is one guy who just takes the fun out of Halloween, and you will see what I mean if you rent this. Its ok to love Halloween, I love it and keep some of my indoor Halloween props up all year in m y house lol. But the guy Victor in this film looks at Halloween the wrong way in my opinion. He takes it to serious, and takes all the fun out if it. If I re watch this and Im sure I will lol I will honestly skip past all the parts that he is in, because he just takes the fun out of the film.

Other then that the other guys in this are GREAT !!!!! they are down to earth,and just a lot of fun to watch them setup their Halloween displays. So if you love Halloween, and you are a home haunter, I know you will enjoy this. I wish it was out on dvd to buy.

So except for the one guy in it, its awesome. Would of gave it 5 stars, had to give 4 because of him. But its worth watching for sure.
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I am a huge Halloween enthusiast. As a teen I used to do a garage haunt for family and friends. As an adult, I act at a local professional haunted attraction and have seen first hand how much work goes into putting a haunted house together. We work year round. Building sets and props. Creating storylines and characters. Costumes and masks. Jumping through hoops to satisfy the Fire Marshall. It's truly blood, sweat, and tears. And we do this all on a volunteer basis. We do it for the love of it. Crazy, I know. But what a rush when you hear those first screams.
So, with all this knowledge in mind, I bought this documentary not really knowing what to expect. Maybe a how to home haunt? My biggest concern was that this movie would be making fun of home haunters and enthusiasts. I couldn't have been more wrong. I was blown away. This documentary follows three(four) home haunters who do it for the love of it. While each one has a different level of commitment, they all do it just for the love of it. I was moved by this Documentary more then I thought I would be. I laughed. I did face palms. I nodded in agreement. My eyes even puddled up. It's entertaining, even for those that are not into this. It's emotional and even a little heartbreaking. I thought they did an excellent job showing all the work behind the screams. So many people have no idea of all that is involved.
Someone commented that they felt Victor was too serious about it. Not true. He's THAT dedicated. Half way through the movie (watched it with my fellow haunt owners) we were all nodding our heads in agreement with Victor and saying "This guy has the right idea. He gets what it's about. He's already thinking like a professional. He NEEDS to go pro". I loved watching his haunt go up and his family helping out.
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"The American Scream" follows three Massachusetts family's who go above and beyond to decorate their homes for Halloween. Each family is unique in their own way, and their love for All Hallows Eve shines in this delightful documentary. If you are a fan of Halloween, you'll enjoy this little slice of small town Americana, as the events that unfold are both hilarious and heartwarming.
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I am a home haunter of the type featured in this documentary, and as such, I enjoyed being swept up in a wave of "Gee whiz, Someone Out There created a documentary about Us! Woo hoo!" If you are also a home haunter, then please skip the rest of this review and rent the movie immediately.

Most other viewers will probably find watching to be a worthwhile experience, although odds are it will feel familiar even to those whose idea of Halloween decorating consists of setting out a pumpkin on the porch. Nothing you see here will challenge your expectations, and the film suffers from a narrow focus that strips away most of the richness and unexpected delights provided by this quirky hobby.

The framework is wearily familiar: male head of household overcompensating for an emotional challenge is crazily overinvolved with his passion and is supported by his long-suffering spouse and kids who sacrifice to 'stand by their man.' Members of almost any hobby can be found who fit neatly into this pattern and produce an end result that is accurate, as far as it goes. Fortunately the documentarians don't treat their subjects as freaks, thereby avoiding a common and offensive pitfall to this approach.

Diversity is a major casualty. Where are the female haunters? Despite being too common to be noteworthy in the hobby, they're nowhere to be seen in this film (unless one counts those supportive wives and daughters). Haunters from racial minorities? Again, invisible. Displays that are intended to be light-hearted or friendly or otherwise unexpected? You got it - even creative diversity is glossed over. Finding haunters and haunts that aren't what people expect isn't difficult, so why were they omitted?
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