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Midnight Movie (2008)

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  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 6 January 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:82 min
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  • IMDb page: Midnight Movie (2008)
  • Rate: 4.9/10 total 2,022 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 6 January 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:82 min
  • Filming Location: Chandler Valley Center Studios – 13927 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $1,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Jack Messitt
  • Stars: Rebekah Brandes, Daniel Bonjour and Greg Cirulnick
  • Original Music By: Penka Kouneva   
  • Soundtrack: Blues This Morning
  • Plot Keyword: 1970s | Gore | Arcade | Cult Film | Movie In Title

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Mark Garbett  writer
  • Jack Messitt  writer

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    Plot: A midnight showing of an early 1970's horror movie turns to chaos when the Killer from the movie comes out of the film to attack those in the theater.  »

    Story: A midnight showing of an early 1970's horror movie turns to chaos when the Killer from the movie comes out of the film to attack those in the theater.

    Synopsis

    Synopsis: At a run down theater in a sleepy suburban town, a group of friends attend the midnight screening of a 1970s cult horror film. These unsuspecting teenagers are unaware that the director and star of the movie made a bloody escape from a psych ward five years earlier and may still be on the loose.

    As the midnight movie begins, the kids heckle the old black-and-white scenes. But they are jolted when the killer butchers one of their friends…on screen! They soon realize that the killing is not a prank. They are locked inside the theatre and the killer from the movie is after them!

    Caught between reality and the screen’s flickering shadows, are they becoming the unwilling stars of the very horror movie they are watching?

     

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Kacy Andrews known as producer
    • Leica Cruz known as line producer
    • Liam Finn known as producer
    • Michael Gleissner known as executive producer
    • Albert Hasson known as co-producer
    • Albert Hasson known as line producer
    • Jacques Thelemaque known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Rebekah Brandes known as Bridget
    • Daniel Bonjour known as Josh
    • Greg Cirulnick known as Mario
    • Mandell Maughan known as Samantha
    • Stan Ellsworth known as Harley
    • Melissa Steach known as Babe
    • Jon Briddell known as Detective Barrons
    • Michael Swan known as Dr. Wayne
    • Michael Schwartz known as Sully
    • Justin Baric known as Timmy
    • Brea Grant known as Rachael
    • Shaun Ausmus known as Kenny
    • Carol Stanzione known as Mother
    • Lee Main known as Killer
    • Ashley Black known as Jackie
    • Jim Mahoney known as Bobby
    • Kathryn Aagesen known as Monica
    • Dinora Walcott known as Lucinda
    • Arthur Roberts known as Radford
    • Christopher Page known as Dr. Cashin
    • Michael Gleissner known as Police Chief
    • Henry Watkins known as Patrick
    • Aaron Massey known as Cop #1
    • Sean Matic known as Cop #2
    • Christian Badami known as Jimmy
    • Patrick Viall known as Dan
    • Richard Magarey known as Doctor
    • Laury Prudent known as Nurse
    • Bebe Pham known as Roxanne
    • Jazmine Valte known as Police Dispatch
    • Roy Samuelson known as Moviegoer #1
    • Linda Sunshine known as Moviegoer #2
    • Joe Taborek known as Psych Ward / Basement Torture Victim
    • Dan Petrando known as Psych Ward / Basement Torture Victim
    • Tiffany Pulvino known as Nurse
    • Christopher Michael Casey known as Rick (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Michelle Chung known as key makeup artist
    • Brian Hicks known as makeup department head
    • Dalton Kutsch known as special makeup effects artist
    • Abby Lyle known as makeup artist
    • Myles O'Reilly known as key makeup effects
    • Laury Prudent known as makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Kurt Altschwager known as carpenter
    • Barry Boen known as set dresser (as Barry Kappelman)
    • Anthony Castellano known as art production assistant
    • Ryan Cochran known as leadman
    • Adam Deyoe known as art production assistant
    • Sarah Farragalla known as on-set dresser
    • Steve Fish known as art production assistant
    • Morgan Gillio known as art production assistant
    • Mark Gregg known as set dresser
    • John Hale known as art production assistant
    • Aaron Irvine known as art production assistant
    • Matthew Karam known as leadman (as Matt Karam)
    • Nathan Lay known as art production assistant
    • Lance Lindahl known as set dresser
    • Stephen McCabe known as set dresser
    • Robert McDaniel known as set construction labor
    • Zac McDiarmid known as art production assistant
    • Ann Nord known as prop master (as Elizabeth Ann Nord)
    • James Obed known as set construction labor
    • Ryan Okholm known as art production assistant
    • Brian Ollman known as additional production designer
    • Logan Olson known as set dresser
    • Jesse Poupis known as carpenter
    • Laura Rigby known as art production assistant
    • Sarani Sosa known as art production assistant
    • Jake Spivak known as construction coordinator (as Jacob Spivak)
    • Joshua Stricklin known as additional art director
    • Erika Toth known as set dresser
    • Daniel Van Hart known as swing
    • Brandon Waits known as on-set dresser
    • Erika Wakker known as art production assistant (2008)
    • Eric Wallace known as art production assistant
    • Christian Washburn known as on-set dresser

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Bigfoot Entertainment

    Other Companies:

    • ABS Payroll & Production Accounting Services  accounting services
    • ABS Payroll & Production Accounting Services  payroll services
    • Accounting Services  accounting services
    • Addison – Firminus  accounting services
    • Alternative Rentals  vfx cameras
    • Bigfoot Studios  cameras & lighting
    • Bigfoot Studios  sound editorial facility
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
    • Clairmont Camera  additional camera equipment
    • Deluxe  film processing
    • Filmmakers Alliance  production services
    • Hacienda Post  additional sound design
    • Hollywood Studio Rental  stages
    • J.L. Fisher  dolly
    • Kennard's Caterers  catering services
    • Noel Construction  set construction company
    • Pixel Magic  visual effects
    • Post Group, The  digital post finishing facility
    • Post Group, The  post-production facilities
    • Post Group, The  video dailies
    • Sunrise to Sunset  catering services
    • Uncut Casting Services  extras/stand-ins/extra casting

    Distributors:

    • Peace Arch Entertainment Group (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Arsenal Pictures (2008) (non-USA) (all media)
    • AMG Entertainment (2009) (Japan) (DVD) (rental)
    • Bigfoot Ascendant Distribution
    • E-net Frontier (2009) (Japan) (DVD)
    • Krause & Schneider Multimedia (KSM) (2008) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Ovation Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Peace Arch Home Entertainment

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Lunar Effects

    Visual Effects by:

    • Stirling Belafonte known as post production consultant (as Sterling 'Cracker' Belefant)
    • Kevin Fisher known as rotoscope artist
    • Patrick Flanagan known as 2D artist
    • Tyler Foell known as digital effects supervisor
    • Cristina Lee known as title designer
    • Jan Leung known as additional visual effects
    • Jan Leung known as digital intermediate colourist
    • Steven Lloyd known as 2D artist (as Steve Lloyd)
    • Jeff Mailes known as 2D artist
    • Ray McIntyre Jr. known as visual effects supervisor
    • Brad Moylan known as 2D artist
    • Kristoffer Villarino known as title designer

    Release Date:

    • USA 27 September 2008 (Chicago Horror Film Festival)
    • USA 24 October 2008 (limited)
    • USA 6 January 2009
    • UK 19 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 5 May 2011 (new cut)

    MPAA: Rated R for bloody horror violence/gore, language, some sexual content and brief nudity

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , , .

    10 Comments

    1. suspiria10 from The Void
      30 Mar 2012, 9:27 pm

      Director: Jack Messitt

      Stars: Rebekah Brandes, Daniel Bonjour, Brea Grant, Greg Cirulnick,Mandell Maughan, Stan Ellsworth, Melissa Steach, Jon Briddell, MichaelSwan, Michael Schwartz, Justin Baric

      Synopsis: An obscure 70's slasher flick is being screened as themidnight movie of a theater. Little do the patrons know but thecelluloid baddie is stalking the hallowed halls of the popcorn palacepicking them off one by one.

      Thoughts: "Midnight Movie" is a decent enough slasher. It has aninteresting approach to the killer and a rather cool weapon of choice(a custom made corkscrew device) not to mention plenty of the beautifulpeople to stack next to the projector. The visual presentation is fineas is the audio design. The production is a typical presentation forthis kind of offering not too boring but not too challenging either.The script revels in the usual clichés of the slasher genre and isquite vague as to reason for the action but grab a bit of popcorn andhave a kill and a smile.

      3.5 / 5

    2. collipal-1 from Argentina
      30 Mar 2012, 9:27 pm

      Since Scream made the "post-modern" attitude of the horror cinemapopular (particulary the slasher sub-genus),many movies have tried tocopy that style,some ones with more success than other ones.Andalthough it's been 13 years from that excellent movie,that tendency isstill active,something which does not surprise me in sight of therebirth of the slasher sub-genus inside the huge amount of low-budgetfilms which take advantage of the modern technology for havingspecialized and segmented spectators as a target.Midnight Movie is oneof that movies,and although it is not great at all,it obtained certainsuccess with its aim thanks to its ingenious premise and its competentscreenplay.The mixing of supernatural elements with the classic maskedkiller does not always work and although Midnight Movie manages thatcombination with certain skill,I found some inconsistencies and logicfails which take out some points to the generally solid screenplay.Theperformances were not completely good,because they lack of realism anddramatic weight.It is true that most of the characters are cannonfodder…in other words,just future victims chosen for their physicalattractive and not for their histrionic talent.But,we have seen inmovies like Fritt Vilt and Wrong Turn 2 : Dead End (just to mention twoexamples) that the narrative becomes richer because of the presence ofrealistic characters performed by credible actors.But,let's go to thepositive elements now.I previously mentioned the screenplay and Iinsist that is the best element from this movie,in spite of having somefails.It is obvious screenwriters Mark Garbett and Jack Messitt (thelast one is also the director) are fans of the horror cinema and thatthey perfectly know the clichés from the slasher flicks and from thehorror cinema in general.So,Garbett and Messitt use them withingenuity.For example,I will mention this scene from the movie : thespectators watch a murder in the screen from the cinema they assistedand one of them comments : "There is not too much blood".That isexactly what I had previously thought before that character mentionedit.And after that commentary,it comes the answer from another character: "It is just the second murder…there will be more blood near theending".And that is completely true.Midnight Movie is not a greathorror film but at least,it is a competent one which kept meentertained.I think that with more polished performances and someadjusts to the screenplay,this film could have beenmemorable.But,although it was not like that,I can recommend this moviebecause I had a good time watching it.

    3. sawilson005 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:27 pm

      Don't let the bad reviews scare you away from this one. It's actually apretty good movie. The beginning starts as if it's really going to bebad but once you get into the middle of the movie, it turns out to bereally good. Yes it's an indie film, now it may not have had a hugebudget, but it's better than a lot of the crap I've seen out there. Myson watched it with me and made fun of it up to about the 30 minutemark but then really got into and even started talking to the people inthe movie. That's a sign he's actually paying attention. Like I saidthis is not a big budget Saw or Scream and doesn't really claim to be.And no, I'm in no way affiliated with the movie but I liked the moviefor what it was. It was entertaining and at sometimes scary. Definitelynot a waste of your time to see. Just make sure you sit through morethan 30 to 45 minutes and give it a chance. It will probably surpriseyou…

    4. cocojohn from Glendale, CA
      30 Mar 2012, 9:27 pm

      I was privileged to see the screener of this one, and came away quitesatisfied at what I had seen.

      I grew up on horror movies and usually find the gory ones to be nothingmore than gratuitous blood-letting, but this one really had meinvolved. Don't let the first few minutes fool you, this is topquality. What starts out like a B-movie from the 60's soon becomes anengrossing mystery as you try to figure out what is happening, and thenkeeps you riveted as you start to wonder if the characters will figureit out in time. Unlike most horror movies, Midnight Movie had me caringabout the characters. They became real people, not just targets of thehorror.

    5. Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
      30 Mar 2012, 9:27 pm

      A motley assortment of folks go to see the lovably lousy early 70'slow-budget horror clunker "The Dark Beneath" at a midnight screening ina rundown old theater. Things get hairy when the crazed ferociouskiller (hulking behemoth Lee Main) in the picture comes off the screenand starts butchering audience members for real. Director/co-writerJack Messsitt and co-writer Mark Garbett craft a clever and affectionhomage to both 70's drive-in exploitation schlock and 80's slice'n'dicebody count fare that benefits from a constant snappy pace, likable andwell-drawn main characters, slick cinematography by Messitt, Ruben Rossand Clyde W. Smith (the scratchy black and white look for the 70'sfeature is spot-on in its endearing crumminess), a roaring hard-rocksoundtrack, a gradual build-up which allows for a goodly amount oftension (the last third is especially trippy and nightmarish), ashivery score by Penka Kouneva, an inspired supernatural twist, and, ofcourse, a handy helping of nasty gore (funky splatter highlightsinclude a juicy throat slashing, a heart being yanked out, and a trulyjolting electrocution). The capable cast of solid no-name thespiansdeserve kudos as well: the fetching Rebekah Brandes delivers a strongand sympathetic performance as sweet and resilient heroine Bridget,Daniel Bonjour likewise does well as the amiable Josh, Stan Ellsworthalmost steals the whole show with his winningly rowdy portrayal ofscruffy rough'n'tumble biker Harley, plus there are neat supportingturns by Greg Cirulnick as obnoxious coward Mario, Mandell Maughan asthe foxy Samantha, Melissa Steach as hot motorcycle mama Babe, JustinBaric as Bridget's bratty little brother Timmy, Jon Bridell as theobsessive Detective Barrons, and Jim Wynorski film regular ArthurRoberts as deranged movie director Radford. A fun fright flick.

    6. Scarecrow-88 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:27 pm

      Theater-goers attend(..and the hired staff of the establishment host)the midnight screening of an old 70's drive-in slasher, The DarkBeneath(..written, produced and directed by a psychiatric nut case whoslaughtered a hospital's staff with the bodies, and himself, missingfrom the scene of the crime)featuring a skull-masked psycho inoveralls, whose homemade weapon is a cone-shaped, cork-screw blade, whoattacks a group of hippies with the misfortune of blowing a tire nearbyhis loony hick mama's decrepit farmhouse. Those in the cinema willunderstand the characters' dilemma all too well as they become prey tothe killer who seemingly has the ability to remove himself from thefilm into reality stalking them, following their fear, he has a nosefor this emotion. When the victims fall to the stalking supernaturalkiller, their bodies are carried into the film, and into his dungeon ofrooms, a veritable prison for those whose fear he cashed in on.

      Rebekah Brandes is Bridget, the young manager of the theater who takescare of her brother, Timmy(Justin Baric);both were a victim of fatherlyabuse so their emotional wounds are still rather fresh. Daniel Bonjouris Bridget's very honorable and courageous boyfriend, Josh, who comesto her aid as protector when the situation grows more and moreterrifying and the death toll ratchets upward. Greg Circulnick isJosh's obnoxious buddy, Mario and we see how much of a cowardly jerk heis when the killer has his girlfriend Samantha(Mandell Maughan)trappedwith her hands pinned in a window seal. Jon Briddell is DetectiveBarrons, at the midnight screening in the hopes that it's creator mightshow up. Michael Swan is Dr. Wayne, the one who witnessed how bloodyhis hospital was at the hands of an escaped patient, and hopes that thelunatic will return to the theater where his film is playing. Alsoattending the show is a biker couple, Harley(Stan Ellsworth)andBabe(Melissa Steach)who are annoyed at the teen audience for talkingduring the movie. Rounding out the cast, Brea Grant as Rachel, thecandy-popcorn counter girl with a lousy attitude, Shaun Ausmus asKenny, wishing to improve his status in the theater begging for Bridgetto allow him managerial duties so that he can show how responsible hecan be, and Michael Schwartz as Sully, an opinionated hanger-on whowishes to join his teen peers and instead causes much disturbance whenhis body doesn't react too well to the popcorn and raisins. ArthurRoberts has a chameo role as the escaped crazy who made The DarkBeneath, quite memorable in his brief screen time.

      Surprisingly brutal supernatural slasher with a sadistic killer whoburies his corkscrew weapon deep into the bellies of victims. Onevictim gets the blade slammed into his face, while another receives itinto her back shoulder as the killer twists it ripping deep inside.Brandes is quite a cute little lead actress establishing pretty muchright away that she's sensitive and guarded due to past trauma andBonjour's Josh is exactly who she needs, a person sympathetic towardsher..Bonjour has that kind of "knight in shining armour" role.Ellsworth is fun as foul-mouthed, hulking Harley and his gal is thevery sexy Steach(..her screen name, Babe is quite appropriate), whostands by her man always no matter how inappropriate his behavior canbe at times(..ultimately, though, Harley has a heart, revealed when hefinds out what Bridget has been through upon seeing scars on herarm)..he is certainly someone you'd like to have on your side if beingchased by a maniac. I think if you dwell on the film's wacky plot,determining logic, then this will be certain to alienate you..it's morefor slasher fans anyway, who can dispense with logic, embracing theloving nod to psycho-thrillers which appeared in Grindhouses. Thekiller's look is really effective, as is his weapon. The killer oftendissolves in and out of reality, returning to the film to assault thecharacters. The theater setting has an ungarnished, archaic lookrepresenting a relic on it's way to being condemned. I'm not sureanyone will find the film on screen(..where the killer comes out of)arealistic example of 70's exploitation, however. Startlingly grimconclusion.

    7. djjustinomalley from Miami Beach, Florida
      30 Mar 2012, 9:27 pm

      I can see why some of you would turn this off pretty quickly. MidnightMovie obviously was not blessed with a big budget or the best actors. Acouple of time in the beginning the thought, "Oh man, I think I mayhave wasted my money on this one" ran through my head. With nothing tolose, I continued to watch the film and slowly but surely was won overby the spirit of this film.

      The premise of the film itself is somewhat original. After a directorof an old low budget cult film becomes dangerously obsessed with hisfilm, he is locked up in an insane asylum and is forced to watch hisfilm on the idea that him watching this may somehow relax his growingobsession. He disappears in a bloodbath and all the remaining peopleleft in the asylum are slaughtered.

      Several years later, the film is shown again at an Indy move theater ina small town. Convinced that the missing director will show, the twopolice officers wait patiently while the movie begins to play. As thesmall crowd in the theater and the few workers start showing up in thescenes and being brutally murdered, the crowd quickly finds out thatthis is no ordinary movie.

      There are, as with most current low budget slashers, several problemswithin this film. However, most of them seem to stem from the budgetand I really felt that this film was directed and ultimately done thebest possible way considering the low budget and the range of thetalent. Our creepy cinema slasher is truly a horrifying creaturecomplete with amazing mask and gimp leg. The director shows he hasdefinitely done his horror homework and provides his audience with"Scream" like clichés to keep the flow consistent and of course, all ofus viewers consistently entertained.

      If you a true fan of the horror genre and are not particularly botheredby the downfalls of a current low budget slasher film then I say givethis a try. I am certain that many of you will be as pleasantlysurprised with 'Midnight Movie' as I was.

    8. FrightMeter from FrightMeter.Com
      30 Mar 2012, 9:27 pm

      "Midnight Movie" is the type of movie that I love to come acrossbecause it seems to rare these days to find a movie like it. First, itis a pure slasher flick through and through. There is notongue-in-cheek horror or comedic undertones that seem so prevalent ina lot of today's horror. More importantly, it plays out like a 80'sslasher film and captures the spirit and essence of 80's style horrorperfectly.

      The film centers around the first showing of a horror film called "TheDark Beneath," since several people were murdered while watching thefilm. Only a handful of people show up for the showing, including theboyfriend and a couple friends of the high-school aged theater manager,a redneck, motorcycle riding couple, and a couple of cops who think thefilm's director may show up to cause some trouble. The film shown onscreen is a 70's style "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" type film about agroup of friends who experience car trouble and seek help at creepyfarmhouse, only to be butchered by a killer in a creepy mask whoseweapon of choice is a sharp, spiral tool. Somehow, though, the killeris able to transfer himself out of the screen and begins stalking andkilling the movie-goers.

      The Good: The film looks great. It is competently directed and inlesser hands the whole movie-within-a-movie element could have been areal mess. The killer is pretty cool as well, and definitely remindedme of a Michael Myers, Jason, or Leatherface type killer. My only qualmwith him is the weapon of choice, which does manage some good killscenes, but becomes boring, repetitive, and not at all intimidating. AsI mentioned,the film really has the classic slasher vibe going on andis quite effective. Once the action gets going, it is truly a fun rideand doesn't let up until the last frame. There are also some surprisesin who lives/dies that took me by surprise, which is always a goodthing in a slasher because generally they are so predictable with wholives/dies. Though it initially turned me off, I actually ended likingthat there were so few characters in the film because it allowed us toget to know each of them a tad more. I was actually upset to see acouple of them get offed.

      The Bad: The acting is a mixed bag. I know it is nit-picky, but thefilm REALLY could have done WITHOUT the younger brother character.First, the kid is a bad actor, second, his presence serves absolutelyzero purpose and actually becomes a distraction to the plot. There isalso no real backstory to the killer and why/how he is able to come outof the screen and kill in real life. Some parts were indeed cheesy,particularly the opening scene with the film's director in a mentalinstitution.

      Overall, this is a decent horror film and certainly one of the betterDTV slashers I have seen in awhile. Everything about the film looksgreat and it is always refreshing to see a contemporary slasher filmsuccessfully pay homage to early genre films.

      My Grade: B+

    9. Anthony Pittore III (Shattered_Wake) from Los Angeles, CA
      30 Mar 2012, 9:27 pm

      When a violent '70s horror film is screened at a midnight showing in asmall-town movie theatre, a group of friends decide to give the classiccult film a shot. Unfortunately for them, something sinister is afootwhen it seems the movie's killer escapes from the celluloid and intotheir world, looking to make them the stars of the very film they werejust watching!

      While the plot may have been pulled directly out of the Are You Afraidof the Dark? episode "The Tale of the Midnight Madness" with aoveralled murderer swapped for Nosferatu, it still seemed like aninventive and interesting idea that could easily make for anentertaining modern slasher. I suppose all three of those traits(inventive/interesting/entertaining) are true. But, it still wasn't agreat film. For some strange reason, and this rarely happens, but Ijust kept bursting into laughter throughout the movie, especiallywithin the first twenty minutes or so. I think it was a strangereaction to the bad acting, cheesy dialogue, and that ticket-taker kidthat would not stop smiling every time he was on screen. Sadly,however, those are the kinds of a laughs a filmmaker does NOT want forhis film. They're the ones that are laughing at, not with. Anyway, asfar as the rest of the film goes, it's all pretty subpar. Visually,it's nothing to compliment. The direction & cinematography are allpretty basic, taking no risks whatsoever. The editing is terrible,using tricks like that annoying "MTV-style" editing just to add somestyle. The acting, as I hinted at, was pretty bad for the most part,but it was watchable. The writing was probably the worst part. Not onlywas the dialogue extremely silly at times, but the story often made nosense and had plot holes you could drive a bus through (for example,how could two people (the cop & the doctor) who are obsessed with amovie and its director not notice that there are new 'scenes' splicedin with locations & actors that they've never seen before?). There arelittle-to-no scares or suspense. . . but, the gore is good for the mostpart, even though the kills are overly repetitive. The killer is, well,somewhat cool, somewhat lame. The Keyser Söze limp is never explainedor mentioned to have any significance to the film, but he does have acool weapon and mask. My only problem with him. . . the dude's like5'5", 130 lbs. While it does help with the mystery to keep him small,it doesn't help with the scares. In the end, Midnight Movie comes injust under average in quality, but makes up for it in entertainment.It's just far too stupid to really consider anything very good. If allyou want is a bit of gore with no real redeeming technical qualities,you can do worse.

      Obligatory Horror Elements:

      – Subgenre: Slasher

      – Violence/Gore: It starts out rather tame with most of the gore &violence off-screen; but, as the film progresses, it does get a bitbloody with some rather cool kills.

      – Sex/Nudity: No sex and only a brief topless shower scene.Unfortunate, as there are some very cute girls in it.

      – Scares/Suspense: Like most slashers of this type, the goal wasentertainment and jump scares. It did have a few of the latter, so Isuppose it was a success there.

      – Mystery: It tried and threw in a couple red herrings, but I didn'treally care enough to wonder.

      – – –

      Final verdict: 4/10. Pass on this one, unless a little bit ofwatchability is your only goal.

      -AP3-

    10. slayrrr666 (slayrrr666@yahoo.com) from Los Angeles, Ca
      30 Mar 2012, 9:27 pm

      "Midnight Movie" is an absolute blast of a slasher and has a lot goingon for it.

      **SPOILERS**

      Preparing for a movie showing, Bridget, (Rebekah Brandes) Rachael,(Brea Grant) and Kenny, (Shawn Ausmus) get the theater ready for ashowing of a cult horror movie that hasn't been screened in years.Letting in patrons, her brother Timmy, (Justin Baric) friends Mario,(Greg Cirulnick) Samantha, (Mandell Maughan) Josh, (Daniel Bonjour) andSully, (Michael Schwartz) as well as horror fans Harley, (StanEllsworth) and Babe, (Melissa Steach) they settle down to watch themovie, with all of them enjoying the film. When they start to noticeeach other dying off in the movie, they realize that the killer fromthe movie is in the theater with them, killing them one-by-one usingtheir fear of him to track them down. Realizing a way to stop him, theyband together to find a way out of the theater alive.

      The Good News: There was a lot to like about this one. One of the bestfeatures is that it manages to feature one of the more originalconcepts in the genre and works in plenty to make it feel unique andcreative. While the basic premise, about a killer stalkingtheater-goers during a horror-movie-marathon, isn't that new, this onegoes about it brilliantly by having the killer be the physicalmanifestation of the one from the movie using supernatural powers tostalk them inside the theater, overall making it different enough tostand out. This makes the stalking to this one quite nice, which is agood plus as there's some really fantastic ones here. The early ones,where it shows the killer stalking the people in the theater as thefilm the patrons are watching, are absolutely fantastic with almostnothing wrong with them, aside from the black-&-white hampering theview, but even still, these are great fun. The back-talk as theycomment on the situation, unknowingly at first but once it gets longerand extended a little more, this one has a really great air about itbecause of these scenes, and the revelation by the cast make it all themore fun. Other stalking, including those through the theater'ssurprisingly long, darkened twisting hallways are really well-handledas well, making for a series of surprisingly suspenseful stalkingsequences. The scene in the basement is superb for it's creepyatmosphere and complete inability to know what's going on, while thosethat prefer more visceral stuff can find the encounter in the mainhallway or the chase into the control booth, which both come completewith stand-out kills to spice them up as well. In general, this one hasjust a lot of fun stalking scenes and all are pretty much enjoyable,beyond those mentioned here. Also quite fun is the killer's appearance,which is quite unique and slightly chilling at first glance. With theskeletal upper-half mixed with a strange mask over the jaw that mesheswith the teeth, leaving a distinct impression when combined with thespectacular killing tool in a hand-drill, this is an imposing killer.There's also a ton of fun to be had with it's kills, which are messyand brutal and just perfect for the type of film. From the drill beingrepeatedly rammed through the stomach of one victim, enough to thepoint of penetrating out the back so as to impale in the back thevictim behind, a slit throat, being sliced to shreds, a scythe in theback, numerous impaling in various body parts and one who has the drillthrown into the eyeball, this one is pretty gory and messy at times.The last plus here is the furious pace, which is just outstanding anddoesn't have anything wrong with all, going by at the proper tempo tonever get boring or cut-short it's good stuff. This one is anoutstanding slasher film.

      The Bad News: There wasn't that much really wrong with this one. One ofthe flaws is the fact that this one really doesn't have it's rules forthe killer set in stone, resulting in some plot holes or just plainconfusing scenes. This is incredibly predominant in the finale, whichhas a lot of these scenes where the killer bends it's own rules merelyfor the sake of giving a scare or attacking a victim, making the scenesreally action-packed but lacking logic, which can be found only whenthought about though. It's a sign for the film that it doesn't make youaware of that, but it's still noticeable. The only other part here thatdoesn't work is the film's length, which is a big problem. This onehere barely lasts eighty minutes, including credits, and it tends tojust drop out immediately when it could've gone on for a little bitlonger, which would've helped in explaining the finale a bit more.These here are what's wrong with this one.

      The Final Verdict: An incredibly enjoyable and entertaining entry withvery few flaws and much more, and more worthwhile, good points toeasily counteract them. Hardily recommended to fans of 80s slashers,slashers in general or those who are interested, while there isn't awhole lot who won't find something good here.

      Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language and Brief Nudity

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