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‘American Scary’ review by Travis Lytle • Letterboxd August 23, 2012

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Talking heads and vintage tape-quality clips populate this documentary detaling American televisions so-called horror hosts from the latter half of the 20th century. The film is not grounbreaking or necessarily deep, but it paints a loving portrait of the quirky personalities who brought horror flicks into the homes of Americans before the days of VCRs, video stores, DVDs, and Netflix. “American Scary” is an interesting and light look at a televsion staple of a time that, unfortunately, has now passed.

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CriterionCast | James Reviews MST3K’s “Manos” The Hands of Fate [DVD Review] August 8, 2012

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I’ve now watched this release form Shout! Factory 5 times since it came out with various people and the laughs are always plentiful. That’s the magic of Mystery Science Theater 3000 essentially, where it’s a proven formula, dating back to the old horror hosts of yesteryear (check out the fantastic documentary American Scary on Netflix Instant if you don’t know what I’m talking about… or watch Elvira still do wonders with her puns galore, who has a few on Hulu too), and will always make you laugh.

via CriterionCast | James Reviews MST3K’s “Manos” The Hands of Fate [DVD Review].

Rev. Ron’s Movie Reviews: American Scary August 8, 2012

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The documentary focuses on the first horror host and the evolution of the man (or sometimes woman) who introduced the scary movies in the late hours of the night.  The doc talks to the host themselves, how they go into the gig and what they brought to the table and it even talks to many celebrities and experts who either know more than any mortal could possibly know about the horror host or were either fans themselves or have been inspired by them.  The doc even shows that, even with the evolution of television destroying the local television scene, horror hosts will not die.  Some have taken to the internet and, where applicable, take to the airwaves in the form of public access television.  Those are the bravest of them all because who watches public access?

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Horror Host Graveyard: Monster Movie Night – American Scary August 3, 2012

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The Virginia based Monster Movie Night started in 2011. In it, Bobby Gammonster hosts weekly editions from his monster museum. In the sixth episode of the second season, Bobby provides a great history of horror hosting before presenting the documentary American Scary.

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SLAUGHTER FILM: AMERICAN SCARY August 3, 2012

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However, if you want to look back on a time when television was still a maverick enterprise, American Scary is a lot of fun. There’s not much to it; just various hosts talking about some of their favorite episodes, but it’s a blast if you remember those glorious days of old.

via SLAUGHTER FILM: AMERICAN SCARY.

Vintage Horror Films: American Scary (2006) August 3, 2012

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American Scary is an insightful and thorough documentary on the subject of horror show hosting in America.  From its early beginnings to its modern incarnation on the Internet and Cable TV, American Scary covers it all.  Some, like Elvira, are well known by everyone.  Others, are local heroes who are no less beloved by the people who watched them every Friday or Saturday evening around midnight.

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Hulu – American Scary – Watch the full movie now. August 3, 2012

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American Scary is a look at the nation’s tradition of horror hosting, from Zacherley to A. Ghastlee Ghoul. With interviews and footage from major hosts from the 1950s to the present day, such as Zacherley, Vampira, Ghoulardi and others.

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Cinema Crazed August 3, 2012

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“American Scary” is one of the many trips in to nostalgia that will touch audiences who grew up with the buffer of a comical ghoul easing the tension of a bad horror movie, and most of the interviews involve anecdotes from loving horror buffs and noted film historians. No corner of the horror host tradition is left untouched as Hudgens spotlights individuals like Ghoulardi, Zacherley, and Commander USA, all of whom are allowed to speak openly about the conditions they filmed in and how they were inevitably ousted from their jobs in favor of changing dynamics of television and viewer demands.

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American Scary | The Retroist August 3, 2012

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But Netflix finally made good last night. It suggested a little documentary called American Scary.

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Famous Horror Hosts Highlights in ‘American Scary’ | | Bloody DisgustingBloody Disgusting August 3, 2012

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A nostalgic homage to the glory days of the late night horror shows, AMERICAN SCARY, features interviews and archival footage of the most famous hosts from the 1950s to present day. John E. Hudgens and Sandy Clark offer an affectionate tribute to horror show hosting, which will be available on DVD February 17, 2009 at an SRP of $19.95.

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