Here's my film short for The American Scream:
That little freckled bologna-sandwich-wielding lad from the worst movie ever, Troll 2, is back to spread a little Halloween cheer. Michael Stephenson has turned documentarian since his 1990 turn as a goblin fighter, first as the chronicler of Troll 2’s bighearted crimes against cinema in Best Worst Movie, and now in The American Scream, a funny and touching documentary about amateur haunted-house creators. Stephenson follows three families in a small Massachusetts town as they prepare their annual haunted attractions for the neighborhood. Running the gamut from professional-grade perfectionist Victor Bariteau, who buys previously used caskets and gets his formula for blood just right, to a slapdash goofball father-and-son team who split their time between kabitzing at each other to literally clowning around at a children’s hospital. As is the case for all great and generous documentaries, The American Scream isn’t so much about its subject matter as it is about great characters.
The American Scream, Fri Oct 5, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy
7:30 pm, $7-8, Q&A with director afterward
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