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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.

Director:

Stuart Samuels

Writers:

Victor Kushmaniuk (additional writer), Stuart Samuels
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Waters ... Self
Ben Barenholtz ... Self
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... Self (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alan Douglas Alan Douglas ... Self
J. Hoberman J. Hoberman ... Self
Robert Shaye ... Self (as Bob Shaye)
George A. Romero ... Self (as George Romero)
Jonathan Rosenbaum Jonathan Rosenbaum ... Self
Bill Quigley Bill Quigley ... Self
Larry Jackson ... Self
Seth Willenson Seth Willenson ... Self
Chuck Zlatkin Chuck Zlatkin ... Self
Perry Henzell Perry Henzell ... Self
Richard O'Brien ... Self
Jim Sharman Jim Sharman ... Self (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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John Waters: [about Pink Flamingos] I was high when I wrote it. I was not high when I made it.
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Connections

References I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967) See more »

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Great documentary
20 June 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Absorbing documentary about midnight movies--how they started, why they existed and did so well and what killed them. It deals with six key movies--El Topo; Night of the Living Dead; The Harder They Come; Pink Flamingoes; Rocky Horror Picture Show and Eraserhead. They interview the directors and distributors of all six films and they discuss how they got them out and the reactions of critics and audiences. It also explains why these movies were only successful as midnight movies (Rocky Horror was a disaster when it came out as a regular movie).

I'm old enough to remember midnight movies and how much fun they were. They're gone forever but this wonderful documentary brought it all back to me. Also there's a HUGE amount of footage from each film. Highly recommended.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

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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Box Office

Budget:

CAD671,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,143
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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