The American Scream is a lovely tender documentary about normal people, who get serious about decorating their house for Halloween.
I don’t know whether the intent was to make a freakshow about the oddballs, but humans are odd, and all the families in the show are so lovely. Being passionate about the smallest, strangest things is so human and universal; even if you’re not into halloween, you will know that feeling and connect to it. All the haunters are sweet guys saying stuff like “this is what I think I’m good at” or “Sometimes I can’t believe that I actually made that!” or “I’m not a great artist” or “family is everything to me”.
I gotta say. American home haunts, as far as I’ve seen, are a bit haphazard for my taste. I do haunts and they are all about atmosphere, and focus - I’d never put a giant spider near a vampire and a ghost in a graveyard. That’s four different aesthetics.
It’s also not a very exciting doc. I’m surprised it’s 90 minutes long. This would make a natural 45 minute special; I’m not certain the subject warrants a whole hour and a half movie. Unless you’re, er, a haunter frantically taking envious notes.
The drama is on the level of “I always wanted two bathrooms. We have one.” Little human things. There is and there should be a place for observations of the small things in life; I think it says a lot about what’s it like to be part of an ordinary American family. Just know your heart-rate will not be shifted by this film (unless the words “2 days to Halloween” set off a veteran haunter’s panic response!).
Sweet; non-challenging; a testament to the human spirit!; will make you wish it was October again already.
“I was taken aback that Vic would make this much work for himself”
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As probably most Deathbomb fans know, in addition to making music for the experimental rap group clipping., Jonathan Snipes also scores movies. His score to the film 'Room 237’ has garnered tons of adoration, and his score for the just recently released 'Starry Eyes’ is starting to get similar recognition.
Jonathan will also be scoring the film 'HAUNTERS The Movie’, a documentary about the artists who make haunted mazes. By making a $25 or more pledge to their kickstarter, you will get a copy of of this soundtrack!!! For that same pledge you also get a copy of the actual film! It is an AMAZING deal for some art every Deathbomb fan will LOVE!! Don’t hesitate, make your pledge TODAY!!!