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Midnight (1982)

 -  Horror  -  31 December 1982 (USA)
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A teenage girl runs away from home because police officer/stepfather puts the moves on her. Hitchhiking to California, she's picked up by two guys who are also traveling cross-country. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Verlin ...
Nancy Johnson (as Melanie Verliin)
Bert Johnson
John Hall ...
Charles Jackson ...
Doris Hackney ...
Harriet Johnson
Bob Johnson ...
Reverend Carrington
Lachele Carl ...
Sandra Carrington (as LaChele Carl)
David Marchick ...
Greg Besnak ...
John Amplas ...
Robin Walsh ...
Jackie Nicoll ...
Amy Brinton ...
Girl in Trap
Debra Smith ...
Young Cynthia
Daniel Costello ...
Young Abraham


A teenage girl runs away from home because police officer/stepfather puts the moves on her. Hitchhiking to California, she's picked up by two guys who are also traveling cross-country. Along the way, they decide to camp out in the woods and run across a family of Satanists who keep their dead mother in the attic. Written by Humberto Amador

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When the dead drink the blood of the living See more »




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31 December 1982 (USA)  »

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The film's closing credits only include the cast, something common in older films, but unusual for a film made in the 1980s. See more »


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Written by T. Mazzei, E. Mazzei, F. Mazzei, and L. Mazzei
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Backwoods fun
28 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies you don't hear about as much as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" or "The Hills Have Eyes", and that's too bad, because I found this regrettably unknown little horror film from John Russo to be quite entertaining and seriously creepy. Yes, it's very, very low budget - the sound, camerawork, and acting/dialogue are all very sloppy and unpolished, but bear with it. The film takes a little while to start up, but once it does, if you're a true horror fan it will definitely hold your attention. The film's low budget at times makes it seem so realistic that I felt a creepy feeling, it's hard to describe. Even with his limited funds, you can definitely tell that John Russo was trying to make a good, creepy, hardcore horror movie, and he definitely succeeded. The plot basically centers around a girl named Nancy who runs away frome home, hitching a ride with two guys. The trio gets themselves into trouble after robbing a grocery store and find themselves hiding out in the sticks, where the locals have warned them against staying because of several murders that have been committed there lately. What follows is how the teens run afoul of a psychotic family of blood-drinking Satanists who worship their mother's corpse and kidnap and murder young girls to use their blood for a black mass. Again, bear with the somewhat slow first half - what you get in the second half of the movie is well worth the wait. It's well worth the rental or purchase if this type of gory horror is your cup of tea. By the way, the Savini makeups are good, though they do seem to be trimmed somewhat - what a surprise - but the film is still rather gory. It has its share of stabbings, slittings and gunshot wounds to keep the regular gorehound satisfied. All in all, if you're into the "backwoods horror" scene, check out "Midnight", a regular "backwoods massacre"!

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