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 productions, the exhibitors and distributors who played them, and the audiences who viewed them. These filmmakers shared a common desire to upset the traditional aspects of making films--taking filmmaking beyond the norm by making films for ritual viewing, not box office success."
Documentary , Special Interest , Television
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Stuart Samuels Productions

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

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | February 26, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

In this affectionate glimpse into those countercultural times, filmmaker Stuart Samuels has compiled an engaging distillation of those nocturnal filmic emissions.

June 2, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

An extremely interesting film.

Full Review… | February 26, 2008
Observer (UK)

Enjoyable, if blandly celebratory.

Full Review… | February 26, 2008

Originally made for cable, Stuart Samuels' documentary surveys the six landmark films that defined the midnight movie culture...

Full Review… | November 30, 2007

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


It's really informative, and you can tell there's a high appreciation for these films behind the camera. It's great to see some of the movies I think are among the all time greats getting some attention.

Patrick Dolan
Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer


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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Superb documentary. A great taste of sleaze & underground cinema.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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