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Heart of Midnight (1988)

Carol inherits a night club from her weird uncle. She moves into the place, only to find out just how weird her uncle really was. She begins to remember more about her very special ... See full summary »

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Matthew Chapman

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Matthew Chapman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Carol
Brenda Vaccaro ... Betty
Jack Hallett Jack Hallett ... Lawyer
Nicholas Love ... Tom (as Nick Love)
James Rebhorn ... Richard
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Henry
Sam Schacht Sam Schacht ... Uncle Fletcher (as Sam Schact)
Nina Lora Nina Lora ... Carol as a Child
Steve Buscemi ... Eddy
Frank Stallone ... Ledray
Denise Dumont Denise Dumont ... Mariana (as Denise Dummont)
Peter Coyote ... Sharpe / Larry
Jim Geallis Jim Geallis ... Lt. Sharpe (as James Geallis)
Ken Moser Ken Moser ... Ledray's Sidekick
Nicholas Cimino ... Boy with Kittens
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Carol inherits a night club from her weird uncle. She moves into the place, only to find out just how weird her uncle really was. She begins to remember more about her very special relationship with her uncle as she battles her memories and her surroundings in her new home. Written by Rick Lofgren <rlofgren@synopsys.com>

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Between the madness of what is real and the horror of her imagination lies the... Heart of Midnight.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón de medianoche See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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$113,275
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| (PAL DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)
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Alternate Versions

The Italian and German VHS and TV editions run 1:29:01 at PAL speed; the UK DVD edition runs 1:46:25 at PAL speed, so it's 17 minutes longer. Nevertheless, it's missing a bit during the rape scene: for a few seconds the hardcore cartoon showing on TV is replaced by less rude images. The cartoon is intact in the other shorter editions. See more »

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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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She's My Guiding Light
Performed by Frank Stallone
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Kinky, unsettling, wonderfully atmospheric piece
8 August 2015 | by NateWatchesCoolMoviesSee all my reviews

Heart Of Midnight is a perverse, disturbing, highly underrated atmospheric thriller with a knockout turn from Jennifer Jason Leigh, a superb actress who isn't afraid of taking risks, going to some dodgy places and travelling to the dark side of the soul in her excellent work. In this film she plays a girl who inherits a dilapidated, out of business night club from her creepy dead uncle in a part of town that's the last place she wants to be in. She takes up residence their and attempts to fix it up, utilizing a lazy construction team that's about as productive as a paper mâché bulldozer. She realizes something isn't right about the place pretty quick though. There are various rooms in this scuzzy labyrinthine hell hole that look like they are for violent fetish rituals and shadowy, illegal stuff. She starts having vivid, surreal nightmares that begin to bleed into her waking life. When she calls the police a mysterious detective (Peter Coyote) shows up, but he's distant and only vaguely cooperative, adding to the mystery. I love this films atmosphere to death. There's an ambient, voyeuristic, abstractly horrifying aspect to the cinematography, that makes us feel like we're in a sleazy Gothic nightmare where nothing makes sense and every clue only points in the opposite direction. It's like Mullholland Drive meets 8MM by way of The Sentinal, with a touch of Ken Russell just for fun. It's not without it's absurd comic relief though. Frank Stallone (Sylvester's brother) is hilarious as a kooky police sergeant. At one point Jennifer walks into his office and the entire staff are in full song as he belts out a rollicking set on a ukulele. That's how delightfully strange this films vibe is. They just don't make these extremely atmospheric, enigmatic fright fests anymore. Or at least not with the hazy, scarily bizarre haunted house vibe they had back then. Be warned though: it goes to some pretty dark, messed up places and is definitely not for the average cookie cutter film goer. It's incredibly niche, relentlessly strange and altogether special just for those reasons. Anyone willing to step over to the dark, weird side, give it a go.


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