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Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream

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Between 1970 and 1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch movies: The allegorical freak-out El Topo, the graphichorror of Night Of The Living Dead, outrageous filth fest Pink Flamingos, outlaw reggae's The Harder They Come, the phenomenal Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the darkly disturbing Eraserhead. In this acclaimed documentary, discover the surprising stories behind the movies that defied mainstream America. Director appearances by John Waters, David Lynch, George A. Romero, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Perry Henzell and Richard O'Brien.

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  • Actors: John Waters, Ben Barenholtz, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alan Douglas, J. Hoberman
  • Directors: Stuart Samuels
  • Writers: Stuart Samuels, Victor Kushmaniuk
  • Producers: Stuart Samuels, Andrea Stewart, David M. Fox, Ian Dimerman, Stephan Shelanski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UYX4QI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream" on IMDb

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By Jacob Hoff on December 30, 2008
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I know it seems extreme to say but in all honesty I must. I am only fifteen and when I first watched this a few years ago I was introduced to 3 film makers who have come to be my favorites of all cinema. Most important of those I was introduced to David Lynch and y favorite film of all time "Eraserhead," I know it may not affect you hardly this much but considering how deeply it affected me, I felt I must share
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A really good documentary about the Midnight Movies. They interview the filmmakers, the film critics, the theater owners and fans of movies that blossomed after dark. It's a beautiful appreciation of outcast cinema.

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.
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This documentary follows the concept of midnight movies, and how six in particular changed the way people viewed movies. This movie is important for horror fans, as three of the movies are genre efforts: Night of the Living Dead, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Eraserhead. I wish the doc was more in-depth because I still think there are a lot of places to visit when discussing midnight movies, but what we get is really well done. Lots of great interviewees and some excellent insight into the movies, their creation, reception and more. It’s fascinating to learn how such iconic movies struggled and eventually became triumphant. At least in cult status. Great documentary.
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Very enjoyable and makes you long for this bygone era. I was lucky enough to see all but one of these at a midnight show and the experiences were fantastic. This documentary has a lot of insight and info, humor and history.
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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.

Nice to George Romero get his due. And I still don't understand El Topo.
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