MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,344 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 1,093 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

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

Related News

BFI Uncut Season: 'Pink Flamingos' review
| CineVue

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 14 Jan 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 06 Aug 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 13 Sep 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 1 month 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.

Photos

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
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s.

Director: Mark Hartley
Stars: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s.

Director: Jake West
Stars: Julian Petley, Marc Morris, Andy Nyman
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.

Director: Andrew Monument
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

Director: Alex Stapleton
Stars: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary on the history of the slasher film.

Stars: Ed Green, John Carpenter, Wes Craven
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A year in the making, Still Screaming is the definitive documentary on the making of the iconic Scream movies. Dive into the fascinating success story of the classic trilogy with on-set ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Turek
Stars: David Arquette, Brian Avery, Lisa Beach
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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
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
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 | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary that follows the evolution of the 'Halloween' movies over the past twenty-five years. It examines why the films are so popular and revisits many of the original locations used... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Hutchinson
Stars: Moustapha Akkad, Ana Alicia, Brian Andrews
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A midnight showing of an early 1970's horror movie turns to chaos when the Killer from the movie comes out of the film to attack those in the theater.

Director: Jack Messitt
Stars: Rebekah Brandes, Daniel Bonjour, Greg Cirulnick
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 Blame It on Rio (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
fun piece of history
29 September 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Although "Midnight Movies" still exist today they are very scarce since the early 80's when video tape became popular and changed everything. Midnight movies are cult movies that cater to a certain kind of audience. This documentary deals with a few of the most successful Midnight Movies ever made, back when certain audiences were hungry for something different in their movie going. Movies featured are El Topo, Night of the living dead, Pink Flamingos, The Harder they come, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Eraserhead. Back when they came out they were considered different than anything that came before and even hold up today. The documentary explains how these movies became popular in the midnight time slot even though some of them were tried at regular time showings. John Waters' Pink Flamingo's had a ten year straight run while The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the reigning champ with midnight screenings today where people dress as the characters and sing along to the catchy tunes in the film. There are people who have seen the film over 1000 times, not on DVD, but in an actual theater. Eraserhead by David Lynch was only a success after a year of midnight showings. It would be impossible for this to happen today as movies need to be an immediate hit. Interesting movie for those interested in a different kind of cinema. Good Stuff!


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