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."


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

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  • Enjoyable, if blandly celebratory.

    Feb 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.

    Feb 26, 2008

    Robert Koehler

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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.

    Mar 23, 2007 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    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.

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

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

    Feb 26, 2008 | Full Review…

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

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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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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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.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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