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

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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

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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)


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