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The Midnight Hour (1985)

Shari Belafonte , LeVar Burton , Jack Bender  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Shari Belafonte, LeVar Burton, Lee Montgomery, Peter DeLuise, Dedee Pfeiffer
  • Directors: Jack Bender
  • Writers: William Bleich
  • Producers: Ervin Zavada, Sharon L. Sawyer
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305971714
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,616 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Midnight Hour" on IMDb

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A group of teenagers gather on Halloween night to discuss their sleepy town. Being descendants of those who lived through a night of terror when the dead were summoned, they decide to recreate the ghoulish night for their own Halloween. The town is turned upside down when the zombies join the Halloween celebration. Product Details Number of Discs: 1 Rating: Not Rated Film Country: USA Sound: Stereo Sound, Surround Sound UPC: 013131153392

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Halloween Fun! July 1, 2002
This 1980's made for TV movie opens on Halloween morning with a paper boy preparing to go out on his route. Adding a baseball card to his bicycle spokes, he accidentally cuts his finger, and with that first tiny drawing of blood (the goriest moment in the film actually), the title "The Midnight Hour" flashes on the screen with "Wolfman" Jack's voice over, "Lookout, it's the midnight hour! Owwwooooooooooo!!!"
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!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Soundtrack! April 16, 2003
This is just some soundtrack information for the fans of this excellent Halloween fun flick. For some reason, the end credits do not list the soundtrack info at all, so I've had to research about the great tunes used in the film. I've received emails from Amazon customers asking me about certain songs, so I've decided to post the soundtrack here. Anyway, on with it:

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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unnoticed great Halloween Film November 19, 2004
Like many, I saw this movie way back in the eighties (I remember the ads saying something like "Halloween isn't over yet!" cause it was shown on November 1st). I turned it on as a lark, since I'm a longtime fan of horror movies. As stated by other reviewers, this movie was definitely influenced by the "Thriller" video (I think the same people did effects for both, but don't quote me). The plot revolves around an ancient witch-vampire's curse on the town of Pitchford Cove. It builds as the town quickly succumbs to the vampirism, almost like a virus spreading out of control. Sort of like "Salem's Lot"- your best friend might now be one of the undead! To me the standout character was Jonna Lee, who played the also risen 1950s Cheerleader. Ms.Lee had a brief career in the 80s, often playing teenage girls in movies, and TV shows like "Airwolf" and "Mike Hammer". Believe it or not, I guessed the ending when I first saw it. Still, it's not your average run of the mill movie, and deserves a place on your DVD shelf.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Halloween classic! July 31, 2001
By Matt
Part of the appeal of "Midnight Hour" is that it's a good, fun Halloween film for the entire family but also enjoys an almost cult status among the adult set. Though not ultimately destined for a place in the Horror Hall of Fame I look at it like this: "Midnight Hour" is like that baseball player who's a hometown hero but never achieves recognition outside those who grew up watching him. Hope that makes sense.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the movie was great and had a lot of action too.
Published 22 days ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars The Midnight Hour
This is a Great movie and it needs to be put on DVD as soon as possible.
Published 2 months ago by S. C. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
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 3 months ago by Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Halloween fare
This was originally a made for tv movie. It's a funky 1980's tale of spooks and goblins rising from the dead on Halloween with a touch of romance thrown in. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Janet E Quistberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Amazon!!!
Loved this since it showed on my TV screen back in '85. taped it back then but, alas, I knew my taped would quite working as time went on.
Published 7 months ago by Tina Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Even worse than I remember
First off, I've been looking for this movie for years, ever since I was a kid. It's also posted on yewtoob, I wouldn't give anyone the satisfaction of paying more than twenty... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cameron
1.0 out of 5 stars Not happy!!!
Even after buying another DVD player the movie would not play. Threw it in the trash and returned the DVD player.
Published 11 months ago by Carrol Don Hubbard
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY HARD TO FIND, OUT OF DATE DVD
Published 12 months ago by Brenda Keidel
1.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Hour
This is an oldie but goodie. I heard varying reviews but can't say I would waste money on the re-release.
Published 13 months ago by Marsha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but even I won't pay this price!!
They should all be ashamed of themselves for charging such an exorbitant, ludicrous amount for a single-release DVD. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cara Davin
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