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The Top 5 Horror Films of 2012 – Paul’s Picks
Before we cut out for the long weekend, let us bring you one more “best of 2012″ list.  Today, we share with you Paul Doro’s picks.  Again, another writer who has been contributing to Shock for some time and I think you’ll dig the diversity that he brings to his list.  Read on! – Ryan Turek, Managing Editor
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The American Scream Is Now On DVD & Blu-ray
Magic Stone Productions and Brainstorm Media are pleased to announce that their feature length documentary, The American Scream, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD exclusively at theamericanscreammovie.com. The American Scream is the latest documentary from director Michael Paul Stephenson, following his critically acclaimed featured documentary, Best Worst Movie. The American Scream is a touching documentary (read our review) that follows three Halloween-obsessed households as they transform their homes into neighbor-terrifying supernatural wonderlands.  Endless styrofoam tombstones and backyard beasts come courtesy of a few supremely dedicated local “home haunters” who’ve devoted their lives to the art of handmade monster making. 
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Scream for the Trailer for The American Scream
The American Scream is pretty damn awesome as far as documentaries go and for you, dear reader, there are going to be two ways of checking it out: In a limited theatrical run or when it hits Chiller on television October 28th. Directed by Michael Stephenson (Best Worst Movie), the film is set against the backdrop of sleepy Fairhaven, Massachusetts which erupts with the most ambitiously creative spookery in the world.  Endless styrofoam tombstones and backyard beasts come courtesy of a few supremely dedicated local “home haunters” who’ve devoted their lives to the art of handmade monster making.  The American Scream follows three of these horrific households to uncover the triumphs and tragedies that come with carrying the blackened banner of true Halloween spirit. You can check out the official trailer inside.
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Want to See The American Scream on the Big Screen? Yeah, You Do!
Magic Stone Productions and Brainstorm Media along with Chiller Films are bringing the terrific feature-length documentary The American Scream -  which we gave a rave review for here at Shock - to theaters during  October in the following locations and theaters, and will also be available through Tugg.com in cities where it does not have a current theatrical engagement…
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Two TV Spots for the Documentary The American Scream
Now that we have hopefully put The American Scream – a documentary on Halloween home haunting – on your radar, here are two TV spots touting its premiere on Chiller.  The film airs on October 28th and was directed by Michael Stephenson (Best Worst Movie).  You can read our 10/10 review from the Fantastic Fest premiere right here.
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Podcast! Shock Waves 2.4, the Fantastic Fest Episode
It’s post-Fantastic Fest wrap-up time…   ShockTillYouDrop.com’s Ryan Turek and FEARnet.com’s Lawrence Raffel are back from the 8th annual Austin, Texas event and they’re here to tell you about the best and worst films.  Listen in as they weigh in on Antiviral, American Mary, Frankenweenie, Berberian Sound Studio, Come Out and Play, The American Scream and more! Music provided by: Nine Inch Nails (“Last” from The Cabin in the Woods soundtrack)
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Fantastic Fest Review: The American Scream
The American Scream – a documentary that pulls back the curtain on home haunting – is a wonderful, heartfelt celebration of Halloween.  And what it excels in is its restrained focus.  It’s not a wide-reaching look at the haunted attraction business, which it could have easily been.  Instead, director Michael Stephenson wisely narrows his vision, creates more emotional depth and heightens the intimacy of the subject matter but he never loses out on “the moments” that make home haunting so damn fun. Stephensen previously helmed Best Worst Movie, a look at the cult phenonmenon that is Troll 2, and applies that film’s sense of warmth, energy and sense of humor to The American Scream.
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