MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 9,195 this week

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 1,036 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 33 critic

From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.

Director:

Writers:

(additional writer),
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Exclusive Trailer

View the Foxcatcher Exclusive trailer with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum


Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 26 Feb 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 19 Jun 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 18 Jul 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.

Director: Mark Hartley
Stars: Carmen Argenziano, Allan Arkush, John Ashley
Nightmare Factory (TV Movie 2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An inside look at the world of Hollywood special effects and the company paving the way, KNB Effects.

Director: Donna Davies
Stars: Gabriel Bartalos, Howard Berger, Steve Biodrowski
Documentary | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

American Scary is a look at the nation's tradition of horror hosting, from Ghoulardi to Ghoul-A-Go-Go. Follow this American folk art form from its glamorous beginnings, through repeated ... See full summary »

Director: John E. Hudgens
Stars: Mike Price, Joseph Fotinos, George 'E-Gor' Chastain
Documentary

The Garbage Pail Kids are 30 years old. Celebrate their gross-out greatness with artist interviews, superfan collections, and more.

Director: Sean Tiedeman
Stars: Jeff Zapata, Joe Simko, Jay Lynch
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The quest for the true personality of multi-talented cult artist and psycho-magician Alexandro Jodorowsky

Director: Louis Mouchet
Stars: Fernando Arrabal, Peter Gabriel, Alejandro Jodorowsky
Total Skull Halloween (Video 2011)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Kenny Caperton
Stars: Preston Campbell, Kenny Caperton, Emily Currier
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A naive and innocent teenage girl is blackmailed into modeling in the nude for a photographer who is in league with a teenage gang whose boss illegally sells photos of teenage girls being abused and degraded.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Stars: William Kerwin, Allison Louise Downe, Lawrence J. Aberwood
Baadasssss Cinema (TV Movie 2002)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre.

Director: Isaac Julien
Stars: Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, Melvin Van Peebles
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

You've heard of Hollywood, a town of tinsel and glamour, the town of Paramount, Columbia and MGM.  But there is another Hollywood, a place where maverick independent EXPLOITATION FILMMAKERS... See full summary »

Director: Ray Greene
Stars: F.X. Feeney, Vampira, Michael Copner
Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

Director: Perry Henzell
Stars: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Legendary all-stars of cinema bring to life the evolution of science-fiction and special effects films from the wild and funny days of B-movies to blockbusters that have captured the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Davids
Stars: Peter Jackson, Ray Harryhausen, Leonard Maltin
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary capturing the modern day VHS culture and VHS collectors.

Directors: Dan M. Kinem, Levi Peretic
Stars: Lloyd Kaufman, Anthony Timpone, Keith J. Crocker
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself
Ben Barenholtz ...
Himself
...
Himself (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alan Douglas ...
Himself
J. Hoberman ...
Himself
...
Himself (as Bob Shaye)
...
Himself (as George Romero)
Jonathan Rosenbaum ...
Himself
Bill Quigley ...
Himself
Larry Jackson ...
Himself
Seth Willenson ...
Himself
Chuck Zlatkin ...
Himself
Perry Henzell ...
Himself
...
Himself
Jim Sharman ...
Himself (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream tells the hidden history of these landmark films, 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. Written by Steve Belgard

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

5 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kultfilmens mestre  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 671,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

John Waters: [about Pink Flamingos] I was high when I wrote it. I was not high when I made it.
See more »

Connections

References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Didn't teach me anything new on the subject, but an enjoyable retrospect
26 December 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream" didn't teach me anything new on the subject, but was an enjoyable retrospect. Its always interesting to hear notable figures' opinions on films, especially when they're films you consider personal favorites. The documentary details why midnight movies were a cult phenomenon for a time and why they eventually died out. Their death is a shame, because it was a good gimmick to draw people into bizarre and overlooked films. The midnight movies allowed films that were poorly or not at all marketed when originally released to mainstream theaters to find an audience.

There are six films discussed in the documentary, and the selection is quite good. "El Topo" was essentially the film that began the trend and is still possibly the ultimate cult film. "Pink Flamingos", "Night of the Living Dead", and "Eraserhead" are three films which I also enjoy greatly. I'm not a fan of either "The Harder They Come" or "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", but this film explains why they appealed to a certain group of people. Overall, a fun film for either the uninitiated or the devotee. (7/10)


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Midnight Movies on Encore jimwhittaker02
Midnight Movies on DVD April 16th! Youre_So_Money_Baby

Contribute to This Page