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American Scary
American Scary
Actors: Zacherly, Vampira, Ghoulardi
Director: John E. Hudgens
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Documentary
NR     2009     1hr 32min

American Scary is a look at the nation's tradition of horror hosting, from Zacherley to A. Ghastlee Ghoul. Hosts of all kinds were once a staple of television, and especially local television productions. But as productio...  more »


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Actors: Zacherly, Vampira, Ghoulardi
Director: John E. Hudgens
Creator: Sandy Clark
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Documentary
Studio: Cinema Libre
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/17/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Joseph Capuana | Buffalo, New York | 03/07/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"American Scary is a tribute to the golden age of the horror hosts. It contains some footage and interviews featuring Mike Price (Baron Daemon) and Alan Miliar (Dr, E, Nick Witty.) Although I was very excited to view the footage from so long ago, I found it somewhat disappointing.

Because it was less of a historical treatment of the genre and more of a collection of random three-second interviews interspersed throughout the DVD. No mention of Boris Karloff's contribution or the early spook shows and radio broadacasts. Also, many pioneers in the horror host filed like Sammy Terry, Nightmare, Al Lewis (Grandpa Munter), Zumbo were callously omitted.

It seemed to be geared for an audience with a very limited focus, limited interest in history and even greater limited attention span. I am still hoping for a more through treatment of the idiom in the future. There is additional footage of Baron Daemon and Monster Movie Matinee available at:

Joe Capuana"
Not really worth the wait
James Schifeling | Normal, Il United States | 03/03/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The long, long wait for this release made unreal expectations for the quality. The nuts and bolts of the video and editing are just fine but the content is just not there. The focus is on modern hosts recalling past hosts instead of interviewing the pioneers directly. Oh there are some nice spots here and there but for $20 I expect quite a bit more.

Good first effort but not great. Hopefully American Scary can serve as inspiration for more projects of this type."
Lots of fun
Kenneth E. Morgan | Central NJ | 04/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I really enjoyed this DVD, particularly the vintage clips of horror hosts like Vampira and Zacherle. I also liked the way they link the old hosts with the current ones, including the effect of MST3K's success. It isn't perfect, though; the producers were unable to get actual MST3K material and I would've liked even more classic clips. Still, what I got was very enjoyable and, with any luck, we may just get a "special edition" re-release someday.

Highly recommended!

Wow! Cool Trip Down Memory Lane
Karen | New Jersey | 04/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I found this by accident, bought it and loved it! I miss the old Horror Hosts. I have such fun, scary memories of watching Roland, Dr. Shock and Stella in Philadelphia. I was so excited to see that Stella made the DVD cover!!"