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American Gothic (1987)

R | | Horror | May 1988 (USA)
A group of travellers make emergency landing on an island in the Pacific Northwest after their seaplane malfunctioned, and stumble across an isolated and psychopathic family.

Director:

John Hough

Writers:

Burt Wetanson (screenplay), Michael Vines (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sarah Torgov Sarah Torgov ... Cynthia
Terence Kelly ... Psychiatrist (as Terry Kelly)
Mark Erickson ... Jeff (as Mark Ericksen)
Caroline Barclay ... Terri
Mark Lindsay Chapman ... Rob
Fiona Hutchison Fiona Hutchison ... Lynn
Stephen Shellen ... Paul
Rod Steiger ... Pa
Yvonne De Carlo ... Ma
Janet Wright ... Fanny
Michael J. Pollard ... Woody
William Hootkins ... Teddy
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Storyline

When six friends fly off on a weekend getaway and are suddenly plagued by engine trouble, they're forced to land on a remote island. Looking for shelter, they're grateful to encounter Ma and Pa and their children - an eccentric family living in the island's backwoods. But what begins as simple hospitality turns into a terrifying race for survival as the friends start disappearing one by one ... and turning up dead. Written by alfiehitchie

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The family that slays together stays together.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hide and Shriek See more »

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Runtime:

(Ontario) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The poster art, and all related media were based on the famous painting by Grant Wood. See more »

Goofs

When Teddy and Woody douse Paul's body with gasoline, you can see him blink as this is happening. See more »

Quotes

Ma: Don't you want to join the clean plate club?
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Crazy Credits

Steve Oatway Stood-in for Rod Steiger and the other men plus Body Doubled Steve Shellen when he was too injured to work and is seen from the back sometimes and lying face-up in a rowboat after the character "Paul" was killed. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the cinema version was uncut the 1987 UK Virgin video release (as "Hide And Shriek") was cut by 58 secs by the BBFC. The cuts were fully waived for the 2005 Stax DVD and the film released under its original title. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Touch of Satan (1998) See more »

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Prohibition Rag
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Music by Jack Trombey
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***1/2 out of 5
6 August 2002 | by casey_choas66See all my reviews

When a group of friends land their plane on a presumably deserted island they stay with couple Ma and Pa and their over grown children until; they can get their plane fixed. Just too bad the while family is insane and our victims start dying off one by one. A lock of gore allows the viewers to concentrate on more important things like atmosphere and character developement. Although all the performances in this often chilling and sometimes amusing chiller are sound it is Rod Steiger who gives an goulishy creepy performace as Pa. Although it is often predictable and a lot of what happenes goes unexplained you'll be to entertained to care.


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