Friday, October 31, 2014

The American Scream (2012)

Director: Michael Stephenson

Composer: Bobby Tahouri

Starring: Matthew brodeur, Victor Bariteau, Manny Souza, Lori Souza, Richard Brodeur

More info: IMDb

Plot: Each year, in the sleepy town of Fairhaven, MA, the creative minds behind three local homemade haunts valiantly try to ignite the town's Halloween spirit.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I'm a passionate movie guy and I'm off the charts in love with films and the whole movie making process so I can appreciate other people who have a passion for something.  The subjects of this movie live all year for one night and sometimes their passions affect others and not always in such a good way.  These people are rock stars in their own world and that's awesome.  It sucks, though, when you learn that not all is rosy with Lori, the wife of Manny, as you can tell she's disappointed that her husband's hobby has taken over his life and it's not the life she envisioned.  Still, it's easy to see that these people are obsessed with making their homes a Halloween Disneyland for one night.  Some viewers will laugh at them but think about how much pleasure it brings them and the people who visit their homes.  There are lots of memories being formed because of these folks and it's hard to put a price on that. The first half of the documentary runs pretty slow but do stick with it as the second half flies and it's got a nice emotional payoff.  How about that awesome poster? And I almost forgot, Bobby Tahouri's score is outstanding.  Keep an ear on this cat's career.  If this is indicative of what he can do, he should a top composer in the next decade or two.

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