The American Scream

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The American Scream
Directed byMichael Stephenson
Produced byMichael Stephenson, Lindsay Stephenson, Rod Olson, Meyer Shartzstien, Zack Carlson
StarringVictor Bariteau, Matthew Brodeur, Richard Brodeur, Manny Souza, Lori Souza
Music byBobby Tahouri
CinematographyKatie Graham
Edited byAndrew Matthews
Brainstorm Media
Distributed byBrainstorm Media, Chiller Films
Release date
  • September 23, 2012 (2012-09-23)
[citation needed]
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States

The American Scream is a documentary profiling three families in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, who transform their homes into extravagant haunted attractions for Halloween. Produced and directed by Michael Stephenson, the film premiered on the Chiller network October 28, 2012.[1][2] The recent growth of the "home haunter" phenomenon is linked to the influence of the Internet as well as the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Convention (HAuNTcon).


The American Scream received generally positive reviews, garnering 100% fresh on the site Rotten Tomatoes favored the film stating that "The American Scream is really well done and has a lot of heart."

The film effortlessly toes the line between observational and compassionate, whilst Bobby Tahouri’s score is at once jovial and joyously creepy, succeeding in drawing the audience into the foray of Halloween excitement. Katie-Jane Hall of Critics Associated said "The real heart of this feature is the families; they sacrifice and support each other through thick and thin, allowing their lives and their homes to be enveloped by a mass of pumpkins, zombies, skeletons and fake blood all for the joy of others. Their passion is contagious and I would be surprised if it does not inspire some more amateur haunters to spring up out of the woodwork."


The American Scream premiered on September 23, 2012 at the Fantastic Fest at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas. On October 10, 2012 The American Scream Premiered for a limited audience at the Walter Silveira Auditorium in Fairhaven, MA.[citation needed]


On Wednesday October 31, 2012, The American Scream was broadcast nationally on Chiller TV.

Box office[edit]

In November 2012 The American Scream was released to theaters nationwide.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

In December 2012 The American Scream was released on DVD. The American Scream is also available on Netflix, YouTube, and I-Tunes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The American Scream". Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  2. ^ Valby, Karen. "'The American Scream' trailer: Get ready to fall even more in love with Halloween". Retrieved 29 October 2012.

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