Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
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Films covered include El Topo, Night of the Living Dead, Freaks, Reefer Madness, The Harder They Come, Pink Flamingos and Eraserhead. If you enjoy any of these movies, do yourself a favor and watch "Midnight Movies." You might want to cover your rug in soda, popcorn, cigarette buts and other disgusting substances in order to give your home theater a true Midnight Movie feel. You might also want to have a few of those titles on hand to watch afterward.
The 1970s is generally regarded as the decade of the independent filmmaker. The studio system was breaking down, and more and more idealistic film students were breaking into the mainstream with unusual low budget productions. The films themselves weren't all that were changing, however. The seventies also brought about a new method of distribution for movies that would otherwise slip through the cracks. Midnight Movies covers this phenomenon by profiling six films that became cult hits during this time.
What do most of these films have in common? For the most part, they were made outside the system (with the exception of Rocky Horror). They also present subjects that were too off kilter to see during daylight hours, but with a strong sense of purpose. As filmmaker George Romero says in the movie, "That's the secret to the success of some of these films. There's a focus and an intention and it doesn't lie to you."
The films profiled are: El Topo (1970), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Pink Flamingos (1972), The Harder They Come (1972), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and Eraserhead (1977).
Midnight Movies concludes by touching briefly on the changes that brought on the end of the midnight distribution model. The mainstreaming of exploitation subjects (as in Jaws or similar blockbusters) and the advent of home video made midnight screenings unpopular and unnecessary. Audiences weren't supporting weird cinema anymore because they could get the same material in big budget movies or in the comfort of their own home.
For a discussion of this movie, check out The MAD DOG MOVIES Podcast, episode 10.
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Very well done and enjoyable doc about the more notable midnight movies that are now cult classics. Can't say I was at all disappointed in the final product.Published 5 months ago by John
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Excellent interviews with all the principles about a time (pre home video) when the Midnite Movie was the way to see these crazy flicks. Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by S. Mick