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American Nightmare (1983)

A man investigates the disappearance of his sister with the help of her roommate. He uncovers a trail of prostitution, incest, blackmail...and murder.

Director:

Don McBrearty

Writers:

John Sheppard (screenplay), John Gault (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence Day Lawrence Day ... Eric (as Lawrence S. Day)
Lora Staley Lora Staley ... Louise / Isabelle's workmate
Neil Dainard Neil Dainard ... Tony / Hamilton's right-hand
Lenore Zann ... Tina / stripper
Claudia Udy Claudia Udy ... Andrea / Isabelle's workmate
Page Fletcher ... Mark / Tina's boyfriend
Michael Ironside ... Sgt. Skylar (as Mike Ironside)
Larry Aubrey Larry Aubrey ... Dolly / Isabelle's neighbor
Michael Copeman ... Fixer / Isabelle's pimp (as Mike Copeman)
Bunty Webb Bunty Webb ... Operator
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Hamilton / Eric and Isabelle's father
Paul Bradley ... Motel Manager
Peter Lavender Peter Lavender ... Wally
Martin Doyle ... Tanner (as Marty Doyle)
Don MacQuarrie Don MacQuarrie ... Mugger
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A man investigates the disappearance of his sister with the help of her roommate. He uncovers a trail of prostitution, incest, blackmail...and murder.

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American Nightmare. Pray you never have one. See more »

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Horror | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikan Kabusu See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 200,000 (estimated)
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Mano Films, Manesco Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Shot for $200,000 in Toronto, Canada. Filmed in 1981 but not releasd until 1983. See more »

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References All That Jazz (1979) See more »

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Sleazy Canadian giallo/slasher.
20 August 2009 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

A pianist is searching for his sister who has become a prostitute.A sadistic killer is preying on prostitutes.He kills his victims with a razor.Police hunt for the girl and the killer."American Nightmare" by Don McBrearty is a Canadian giallo with some slasher elements.The look of the film is dirty and grimy and there is enough sleaze and nudity to satisfy even the most demanding smut-peddlers.There is one extremely surprising twist involving the pianist's father that truly knocked me out of my seat.It's nice to see Michael Ironside in a small role as the cop.He was really believable as the killer in another overlooked Canadian slasher "Visiting Hours".Finally I must say that the killings are fairly brutal and effective for example one stripper is drowned in a bath-tub and the killer cuts her wrists.The water becomes red with her blood.So if you are a fan of Canadian exploitation cinema you can't miss "American Nightmare".7 out of 10.


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