american gothicEvery once in a while, I do like to listen to my friends when it comes to suggestions on what films to watch and one that was brought up on many occasions was American Gothic. The only question was how was I going to find this hard to find film so that I could watch it for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, but then I found my answer in Youtube. American Gothic stars Sarah Torgov (Meatballs) as Cynthia, a woman who went through some mental trauma after her baby drowned in the bathtub. After spending some time in the hospital, she is released and her boyfriend plans to take her to the island where they had their honeymoon to get her mind off of things, but plans get derailed. The plane they were traveling in gets derailed on a strange island where they meet a strange family still stuck in the past, but will they survive? The film also stars Mark Erickson (DTLA) as Jeff, Caroline Barclay (Black Day Blue Night) as Terri, Mark Lindsay Chapman (Falcon Crest) as Rob, Fiona Hutchison (Guiding Light) as Lynn, Stephen Shellen (Gone In 60 Seconds) as Paul, Rod Steiger (In The Heat Of The Night) as Pa, Yvonne De Carlo (The Munsters) as Ma, Michael J. Pollard (Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland) as Woody,  Janet Wright (Kingdom Hospital) as Fanny, and the film was directed by John Hough (The Howling IV: The Original Nightmare).

agFor a little while, I was wondering where the film was going to go because it was a bunch of adults hanging on an island and then house, but things get interesting when Rod Steiger and Yvonne De Carlo show up. It’s a strange family dynamic that is happening on that house, but with the setting it certainly works. I definitely was a fan of some of the kills in the film like the swing set kill that comes and the murdering spree at the end of the film. De Carlo, Steiger, Pollard, and Wright were the highlights of the film with their twisted being, but there is a point in the film that gets really twisted. Apparently, there is a second brother and he likes to fondle dead women as you’ll see in one point of the film. That was probably the most uncomfortable the movie gets besides some of the bad acting that came from some of the girls. One person to keep an eye on is Cynthia who is already emotionally fragile and now she is heading to an island where they turn strangers into dolls for their 50 year old daughter. Yea that sounds like a very bad idea if you ask me, but nonetheless this was an very good film. The cinematography was excellent and the editing was on point at times. This is a really good watch that you should check out. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

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