In 2009, Michael Stephenson released a documentary oddity called – Best Worst Movie, which told the story of one of the worst films ever to be made, the B-horror flick Troll 2.
Stephenson is back and with a classic Halloween subject: haunted houses. According to Whitney Matheson of Pop Candy:
“The American Scream follows several haunted-house enthusiasts who spend their entire year getting ready for Halloween.
Rather than focusing on the pros, Stephenson directs his camera toward the small-town haunt obsessives. These are men who manage to craft elaborate, homemade creatures and spooks on a very small budget — and without a staff, unless you wanna count their wives and kids.
One of Scream‘s most compelling personalities is a married father of two whose entire house is filled with creepy creatures.”
Stephenson’s flick is certainly bizarre — he also profiles an eccentric father-son duo who seem as weird as the statues in their yard — but it also has heart. While expensive and elaborate haunted houses have definitely become a part of many Halloween celebrations, it’s good to know that these kinds of homemade haunts still exist all over America.
A poster has been released by Magic Stone Productions for the documentary and it is for sale through their website: http://www.magicstoneproductions.com/