American Nightmare

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American Nightmare Poster


Also Known As

  • Amerikan painajainen (Finland)


  • Every year girls move to the city determined to make their dreams come true...or die trying.
  • (American Nightmare) Pray you never have one.

Main Details

  • Released in 1983
  • Color
  • Runtime: 88 min
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Rated: R
  • Production Co.: Manesco Films
  • Distribution Co.: Pan-Canadian Film Distributors (1983) (Canada) (theatrical)

Cast and Crew

  • Directed by Don McBrearty
  • Written by Steven Blake, John Gault, and John Sheppard
  • Starring: Lawrence Day, Lora Staley, Neil Dainard, Lenore Zann, Claudia Udy, Page Fletcher, Michael Ironside (as Mike Ironside), Larry Aubrey, Michael Copeman, Bunty Webb, Tom Harvey, Paul Bradley, Peter Lavender, Martin Doyle (as Marty Doyle), Don MacQuarrie, Alexandra Paul, and Nancy Oliver
  • Produced by Anthony Kramreither, Derrett Lee, Paul Lynch, Ray Sager
  • Original Music by Paul Zaza
  • Cinematography by Daniel Hainey
  • Film Editing by Ian McBride


This giallo-style slasher follows Eric (Lawrence Day) as he attempts to locate his missing sister who has sent him an urgent note only days before. Fearing she may be dead he teams up with his sister's roommate and prostitute to continue to search. In the shadows, an unknown killer continues to pray on women until Eric can get close enough to uncover the truth.

External Links

  • Grindhouse Database Newsletter
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