Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream

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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."

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

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

    February 15, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • An extremely interesting film.

    February 26, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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

    Robert Koehler

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

    November 5, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Samuels' film both contextualises and celebrates these strange slices of subversive counter-culture

    August 2, 2007 | 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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