I caught this documentary on IFC years ago, it would seem, and it’s incredibly awesome. American horror came to a crossroads in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead. It was a pivotal moment that would change the rules of horror filmmaking forever and usher in a wave of big scares and fresh ideas going into the 70′s. Nothing was sacred. Everything was fair game and among the exploitative trash that was clogging the pipes in cinema in the 70′s were some big gems from young American Filmmakers. The American Nightmare documentary explores what it was about George A. Romero, Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven and John Carpenter and the films they produced that made the horror genre so vivid and culturally relevant and explains how the genre has always been a social mirror to reflect the times that we live in.