The American Scream (2012)

Michael Paul Stephenson’s lovingly assembled and perceptive documentary’s impact goes beyond that of its central subject: Namely, it quickly establishes itself as a sympathetic, sensitive analysis of “home haunters” (which are described as people who make a tradition out of decorating their homes for Halloween) that’s not limited to their aspirations but instead focuses on their families, goals and personal passions that have become guiding principles. It’s really something special to witness, and will surely delight fans of Halloween, while fans of peculiar personalities like those found in 1975’s classic “Grey Gardens” may find something to appreciate here as well.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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