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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Verlin ...
Nancy Johnson (as Melanie Verliin)
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Bert Johnson
John Hall ...
Tom
Charles Jackson ...
Hank
Doris Hackney ...
Harriet Johnson
Bob Johnson ...
Reverend Carrington
Lachele Carl ...
Sandra Carrington (as LaChele Carl)
David Marchick ...
Cyrus
Greg Besnak ...
Luke
John Amplas ...
Abraham
Robin Walsh ...
Cynthia
Jackie Nicoll ...
Mama
Amy Brinton ...
Girl in Trap
Debra Smith ...
Young Cynthia
Daniel Costello ...
Young Abraham
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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. 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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A Startling & Shocking Adventure - As Three College Students Take a Strange Detour to the Land of the LIVING DEAD! See more »

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31 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Russo's Midnight  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was released in some theaters as "Backwoods Massacre". See more »

Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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Written and Performed by One Man's Family
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great unknown low-budget horror film
14 June 1999 | by (Lakewood, Ohio) – See all my reviews

MIDNIGHT the film is based upon Russo's novel, and is actually quite an improvement on it. Despite zero budget and rough acting, this movie generates some real creepiness and true suspense. I originally saw it at a drive-in, where it was retitled BACKWOODS MASSACRE, and was surprised by what a gritty and powerful movie it was. It creates the same kind of "no one can be trusted" atmosphere as ROSEMARY'S BABY, and stands head and shoulders above the early 80s horror movie competition.


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