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A director and two actors pretending to be a sound technician and camera operator get hired to make a mediocre promotional video in a beautiful villa on the outskirts of Rome. Unbeknownst to the villa’s owner who hired them, they take advantage of the situation to shoot the key scene of their no-budget, English-language horror film. To get the most truthful performances from his actors, Paolo places them in very realistic situations, passing off his ineptitude as a directing style. But something may not be quite right in the villa after all. Thus begins a delirium of truth and fiction, recrimination and ruthless violence, whose main victim is the actress Diana, who’s been working with Paolo for years.
"Nuit Americhèn is for all intents and purposes a small, cruel, sardonic and spectacular comedy. It’s a way to laugh at the struggles we Italian horror directors face against everything and everyone, and end up inevitably independent and angry - and at times also extraordinarily talentless and presumptuous. At the same time it’s a relentless and bloody mechanism whose story unfolds as in a tunnel of horrors at an amusement park. To sum it up: it’s a chilling and ironic splatter movie. Day for Night doused in good old Roman tomato sauce."