American Nightmare takes us through real crime stories told by real people. The docu-series interviews the victim and their family as they recall the worst times of their lives. The creators give us a glimpse into these real-life crimes and the families shattered by those crimes. American Nightmare is an Investigation Discovery (ID) production. Fans of the network can expect American Nightmare to be at par with their other true-crime series. If you have been addicted to ID series like An ID Murder Mystery: Robert Durst, Evil Lives Here, or Body Cam, American Nightmare is the right fix for you. The series premiered on January 1, 2019, with a lineup of brand new true-crime shows. Hometown Homicide and Deadly Secrets premiered on the channel alongside American Nightmare.
American Nightmare Cast: Who is in it?
The show focuses on true crime stories as told by the victims’ families and detectives who worked the case. The show has some real time footage- CCTV’, family videos, and crime scene photographs, etc. Although there is some dramatization with actors, you can expect to see more of real people. The cast has actors like Heather Cazes, Kevin Wayne Walker, Anthony Franco, Kayla Gibson, and Lucas Bentley among others. The show primarily focuses on murder mysteries solved by dedicated law officers who make appearances from time to time.
American Nightmare Plot: What is it about?
Season 1 of American Nightmare has six one hour episodes, all of which revolve around a gruesome murder. The show features the horrifying murder of Alexandra Duscay by her ex-boyfriend Matthew Pugh and also the double murder of newlyweds Michael and Missy Maclvor, among others. The first episode is the story of the murder of college senior Rebecca Payne. She was brutally shot down in her own apartment. The show unfolds the mystery behind her murder with interviews, real footage, and a few dramatised scenes. Virginia and Nicholas Payne, parents of the victim, refuse to give up on the search for the killer. They talk fondly about their daughter who was known for her charismatic personality and how she was loved by her friends and family alike.
We also get a good look at the murder of Danielle Jennings who is found strangled in her apartment. It is assumed that the young mother knew her killer as there is no sign of forced entry, but it is revealed later that the monster responsible for her death could have been very difficult to pin if not for the witness who comes forward with his side of the events.
The tension and intensity of the show build up gradually. The format allows the viewers to get a thorough look into the crime from the beginning to the end, regardless of how long it has been. We are taken through the entire investigation by the detectives themselves. For instance, it is four years since Rebecca Payne was murdered before ID took responsibility to reopen it. It is up to their investigators to solve these mysterious homicide cases without DNA, motive, or witnesses.
The stories are shocking and listening to people talk about their loved ones is heart-wrenching. The dedication of the police officers and the resilience of the victim’s family will surely leave a mark with the viewers. You will feel emphatically connected to some of the stories. The content of the show may not be suitable for some viewers. The seriousness and brutality of the crimes cannot be digested by all.