Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream

2005, Documentary, 1h 26m

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Filmmaker Stuart Samuels examines six cult movies that gained a late-night following, including "Night of the Living Dead," "Pink Flamingos" and "Eraserhead."

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

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  • Enjoyable, if blandly celebratory.

    February 26, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • In this affectionate glimpse into those countercultural times, filmmaker Stuart Samuels has compiled an engaging distillation of those nocturnal filmic emissions.

    June 3, 2006
  • Tells the amazing story of how Midnight Movies, cult films, started.

    February 15, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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

  • Jul 05, 2010
    Kinda interesting, Kinda boring.I guess you gotta seriously be into movies to enjoy this documentary
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2008
    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
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2007
    Superb documentary. A great taste of sleaze & underground cinema.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2007
    <DIV ALIGN=center><B>MIDNIGHT MOVIES: FROM THE MARGIN TO THE MAINSTREAM (2005) directed by Stuart Samuels</B></DIV><P><DIV ALIGN=justify>In the 70's they created what is called <I>Midnight Movies</I>, which, I guess, can be compared with the grindhosue theatres. Movies that were failure in mainstream theatre were picked up by those small theatres and had showing only at midnight, and soon, it became a cult phenomenon for a few of them.<P>This documentary is about six of those films. Alejandro Jodorowsky's <I>El Topo</I>, George A. Romero's <I>Night of the Living Dead</I>, John Waters's <I>Pink Flamingos</I>, Perry Henzell's <I>The Harder They Come</I>, Jim Sharman's <I>The Rocky Horror Picture Show</I> and David Lynch's <I>Eraserhead</I>. Those films all have something in common, they are all cult classic today and they have similar qualities - if you can call them that - they are disturbing, sick, fucked up and they have very distinctive visual style.<P>Its a very interesting documentary about an underground movement that I surprisingly found myself not knowing much about. Unfortunately, I havent seen all the movies they talked about, but now I know a few new titles on my must see list.<P><I>Midnight Movies</I> were unique back in the 70's, but today, it can be any film. Guys like Quentin Tarantino was very inspired by such films and it became mainstream.</DIV>
    Hugo S Super Reviewer

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