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      The American Scream

      2012 1 hr. 31 min. Holiday Documentary List
      100% 9 Reviews Tomatometer 69% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Residents of Fairhaven, Mass., show their Halloween spirit by transforming their homes and yards into a spooky showcase. Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      Audience Member "When you're scared, you're most alive" is what aspiring haunter Victor Bariteau says in this documentary. The film follows three neighbors who recreate their homes into a haunted house attraction for that one special day of the year. It's an interesting look at the creativity and passion that these men and their families put into their homemade haunts. Worth a look if you're into this behind the screams story. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Perfectly fine. Nothing special or moving, this is simply what it promises to be. A deeper look into the lives and people involved could have really pushed this further. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Fun to watch for Halloween :) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member This documentary explores the phenomenon of home haunters who haul ass all year to crest a horrifying experience for the neighbor hood. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member I always find it interesting to see what other people consider leisure/hobbies/etc. That movie did this, but I didn't like that it had more than a little bit of a "isn't this sad" (judgy) feel. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member "The American Scream" lacks any real complexity or depth, but it's cute and heartwarming and would probably make for a fun annual Halloween viewing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times We discover that the haunted house hobby has inspired a small industry, annual conventions and inspirational talks by haunters. Rated: 3/4 Oct 25, 2012 Full Review Ernest Hardy Village Voice Though not must-see cinema, it is entertaining and affecting. Oct 19, 2012 Full Review Eric Kohn indieWire Think Death of a Salesman with demons. Rated: A- Oct 5, 2012 Full Review Amie Simon Three Imaginary Girls Watching each family put together their haunted constructions, and talk about why they love doing it, and why they love Halloween is beautiful, inspiring, and just plain fun. Mar 4, 2019 Full Review Scott Weinberg TheHorrorShow A sweet, simple, satisfying documentary about a bunch of people who really love the Halloween season. Aug 26, 2015 Full Review Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed For a celebration of [Halloween] or a look at how hobbies can fuel our lives, this is very much worthy of your attention. Rated: 3/4 Dec 11, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Residents of Fairhaven, Mass., show their Halloween spirit by transforming their homes and yards into a spooky showcase.
      Director
      Michael Stephenson
      Executive Producer
      Shane O'Brien, Justin Smith
      Production Co
      Brainstorm Media, OJO Entertainment
      Genre
      Holiday, Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 18, 2014
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