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

TV-14 | | Documentary | 5 August 2005 (USA)
From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.

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Stuart Samuels

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Victor Kushmaniuk (additional writer), Stuart Samuels
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Waters ... Himself
Ben Barenholtz ... Himself
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... Himself (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alan Douglas Alan Douglas ... Himself
J. Hoberman J. Hoberman ... Himself
Robert Shaye ... Himself (as Bob Shaye)
George A. Romero ... Himself (as George Romero)
Jonathan Rosenbaum Jonathan Rosenbaum ... Himself
Bill Quigley Bill Quigley ... Himself
Larry Jackson ... Himself
Seth Willenson Seth Willenson ... Himself
Chuck Zlatkin Chuck Zlatkin ... Himself
Perry Henzell Perry Henzell ... Himself
Richard O'Brien ... Himself
Jim Sharman Jim Sharman ... Himself (archive footage)
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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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Canada | USA

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English

Release Date:

5 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kultfilmens mestre See more »

Filming Locations:

Jamaica See more »

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CAD 671,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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John Waters: [about Pink Flamingos] I was high when I wrote it. I was not high when I made it.
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fun piece of history
29 September 2008 | by PaulyCSee 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!


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