The Midnight Hour
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Our story begins here in Pitchford Cove, or "Pitchfork Cove" as the residents sometimes jokingly call it. As Phil Grenville reads his report on local Halloween history to the rest of his High School class, we are told that a witch named Lucinda placed a Halloween curse on the town hundreds of years ago, and that it was HIS ancestor who stopped it from coming true. Suddenly, Phil's friend Mitch gets the bright idea to sneak into the local witch museum to borrow costumes for tonight's Halloween party, and with his friends eager to do it, Phil reluctantly comes along. In the museum, the group of teens find an old scroll, break the seal, and find an old curse written on it. Off to the graveyard to read it allowed, just for kicks! Unfortunately, their friend Melissa is the descendant of witch Lucinda, and she reads the incantation. Thinking it did not work, the frieds head home to prepare for the party. Meanwhile, all manor of evil creatures, from werewolves, to vampires, to witches, to the bodies in the graveyard, come to life to wreak vengeance on Pitchford Cove. Many comic moments arise from seeing the regular townsfolk interact with zombies they believe to merely be people in costumes, especially at the Halloween party, but some terrifying moments occur too, because while some creatures seem to just be hanging out, the rest came to kill and spread their evil!Read more ›
The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Lil' Red Riding Hood - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Clap For The Wolfman - The Guess Who
How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths
Mama Told Me (Not To Come) - Three Dog Night
Sea Of Love - Del Shannon (This is the actual version used in the film)
Sea Of Love - Phil Philips & The Twilights
(This is the original version, which Sandy references as being "much more hep")
Get Dead - Shari Belafonte-Harper
Devil Or Angel - Bobby Vee (or the original doo-wop version by The Clovers)
Baby, I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis
If anyone wants to add to this, please feel free. This is an excellent blend of spooky tunes from the 50's through 80's. If you are an insane fan like myself, you'll go ahead and collect these songs to make your own soundtrack. I just thought I'd help the crazy ones along a little bit.
The story is pretty cliche. A bunch of teenagers find a scroll in a museum that will raise the dead when read aloud in a cemetary on Halloween night. They do and hilarity ensues. I hung out with a pretty diverse bunch in high school but I never knew anyone who's idea of fun was getting together to read musty old incantations. Anyway, what follows next is B-movie actors getting zombified for the duration of the movie until the curse can be broken.
What I love most about this movie, though, is its encompassing of age old tradition and classic seasonal imagery. This is partly why it has become inextricably linked with my memories of Halloween.
If you're looking for an enjoyable movie with a fun, if a bit formula plot, for your Halloween party then it doesn't get much better than "Midnight Hour". Thank Anchor Bay for bringing this rare Halloween gem back to prominence.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of my favorite T.V movies from the 80s.It would play around Halloween every year.Great cast!Published 10 months ago by Vicki Hawkins
Took hours searching for this for my mother as a gift. Finally found this! It plays way better than I expected it to. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kasey
Not the best picture quality, but it serves the purpose. For the cost I expected more.Published 12 months ago by Elaine
This is an awesome movie! I have spent the last couple of years trying to find it and have not been able to. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alisha
My daughter can't wait for me to pass it on to her. This was one of her favorites when she was about seven or eight years old.Published 14 months ago by Linda Murphy
Have looked for this for years and was extremely reasonably priced :)Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is a Great movie and it needs to be put on DVD as soon as possible.Published 18 months ago by S. C. Hall
Been looking for this movie for years and wasn't about to pay $75 for it. Picture isn't the best but gives you that 80's flashback so it works. I recommend.Published 19 months ago by Joe
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