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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)
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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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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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Followed by Midnight 2 (1993) See more »

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Midnight Again
Written by T. Mazzei, E. Mazzei, F. Mazzei, and L. Mazzei
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Nancy is having a VERY bad week.
25 September 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

A mostly lost horror flick from John A. Russo, Midnight is an effective low-budget horror film.

Young girl flees her abusive stepfather, hitches a ride with two young thieves, and ends up at the home of a family of evil cultist.

A true B flick, that's rough around the edges, but still manages to hold together as a compelling shocker. The film starts out in a mostly campy light, but builds to some moments of truly violent horror. It's actually similar to Craven's Last House on the Left in it's raw footage appearance. The cast is only decent, John Amplas (who was the star of Romero's Martin) is shamefully under-used in his role as a crazed family member.

On the plus side though, makeup FX master Tom Savini lends his talents to make some horrifically gory moments. The raw scenery of rural Pennsylvania gives the movie a realistic feel. And there's a rather catchy (if not just cheesy and out of place) theme song.

Fans of truly low-budget horror will surely enjoy this frightening little number, while the faint of heart just needs to stay away.

*** out of ****


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