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Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)


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"Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream" focuses on six movies that re-invented the film medium while pushing the boundaries of bad taste and social taboos. They are: "El Topo" (1970), "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), "The Harder They Come" (1973), "Pink Flamingos" (1972), "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975), and "Eraserhead" (1977). The documentary includes in-depth interviews with the directors, producers, writers and actors who were part of these low-budget, yet monumental

Nov 13, 2007

Stuart Samuels Productions

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (1) | DVD (7)

Samuels' own enjoyment for midnighters comes through in his funky visual design -- visually spunky for a clips-and-talking-heads film -- and in the energetic editing.

February 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's a celebration of cinema-going as a 'ritual experience or trip', a communal adventure with no real equivalent in the exquisitely atomised YouTubeverse.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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In this affectionate glimpse into those countercultural times, filmmaker Stuart Samuels has compiled an engaging distillation of those nocturnal filmic emissions.

June 3, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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An extremely interesting film.

February 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Enjoyable, if blandly celebratory.

February 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

For any movie nut who craves their exhibition history, this is a must see documentary.

November 5, 2007 Full Review Source:

Samuels' film both contextualises and celebrates these strange slices of subversive counter-culture

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

To the film's credit he does manage to get the major participants together, with each film having a representative key creative person talking about the project.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

A documentary about challenging and outrageous films should offer something more provocative than counter-culture filmmakers congratulating themselves on a job well done.

March 20, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Audience Reviews for Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream

A well rounded documentary about the birth of cult movies in the 70's but to be honest, if you've got the movies on DVD, you'll have all this and more in the extras. Good for people who are totally new to midnight movies but not so much for existing fans, who already know all the storeys etc.
October 2, 2009

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a fun doc about the birth of cult film in the 70's. focusing on 6 influential 'midnight' movies including 2 of my all time faves, night of the living dead and rocky horror, it shows how the phenomenon changed film and helped bring about our ironic post-modern culture. makes u wish you'd been there at the start *sniff* i've yet to see the infamous pink flamingos and jodorowsky's mystical 'eastern,' el topo, but i'm sure i will just to say i did lol
November 24, 2008
Stella Dallas

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I saw this many months back and remember liking it. It offered great insight into a period of moviemaking that we'll never see the likes of again. It made me happy and sad all at the same time.
August 13, 2007

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