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The Midnight Hour (1985)

Phil, Melissa, Mitch, Mary, and Vinnie are high school friends, who unwittingly raise the dead on Halloween night. Once the dead have returned, Pitchford Cove will never be the same again....or will it?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Grenville
Melissa Cavender (as Shari Belafonte-Harper)
Vinnie Davis
Mitch Crandall
Mary Masterson
Jonna Lee ...
Sandy Matthews
Lucinda Cavender
Judge Crandall
Vicky Jensen
Martin Grenville
The Ghoul
Sgt. Thompson
Sheila Larken ...
Janet Greenville
Lester Mitchell
Captain Warren Jensen


Phil, Mitch, Vinnie, Mary and Melissa are friends unwittingly wake Melissa's great, great, great, great grandmother Lucinda, who is a witch, and has brought the dead back to get revenge. Sandy is a cheerleader from the 50's who is back to help the kids. Written by Aaron Alper

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Ghouls just want to have fun!


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Release Date:

1 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In the Midnight Hour  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ted King's TV debut. See more »


When Melissa is playing a game of Hangman with Mary on the high school blackboard, the two Ns on "Ghouls just want to have fun" are already filled out. When Mary loses the game and Melissa fills in the missing letters, she fills in the N on "want", despite the fact that both Ns were previously filled in and that the N in "fun" is still filled in. See more »


Phil Grenville: It's not working!
Sandy Matthews: It will. It has too!
Phil Grenville: Maybe you're suppose to say some words or something. Huh? What words?
Sandy Matthews: [sorrowly] I love you. Goodbye, Phil.
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Crazy Credits

The title "The Midnight Hour" appears on a full moon with DJ Wolfman Jack doing a voice over stating "Look out it's the midnight hour baby!" See more »


Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »


Sea of Love
Written by Phil Phillips and George Khoury
Performed by Del Shannon
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This is the best movie of all time!!
12 October 2003 | by (Dunlow,West Virginia) – See all my reviews

I was only one year old when this movie came out and I saw it. It has stuck with me completely throughout the years, and will always for the rest of my life. The movie in itself was fantastic, funny, scary, you name it, this movie has it! It got me hooked on horror movies for life, and still remains my favorite movie of all time. The thing I remember most about it was the fantastic music, and that beautiful 1956 cadillac. I love this movie, and I have been unable to find a copy of it anywhere and it is never on tv anymore..it breaks my heart because i miss this movie so much! My opinion on this movie is, once you see it, it will stick with you forever!, It is a great fantastic movie for the whole family to enjoy. No nudity, no profanity, just clean cut humor for everyone. I highly reccomend it.

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