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Midnight Movie (2008)

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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.


Jack Messitt


Sean Hood (story), Mark Garbett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebekah Brandes ... Bridget
Daniel Bonjour ... Josh
Greg Cirulnick Greg Cirulnick ... Mario
Stan Ellsworth Stan Ellsworth ... Harley
Mandell Maughan ... Samantha
Melissa Steach ... Babe
Justin Baric Justin Baric ... Timmy
Jon Briddell ... Detective Barrons
Michael Swan ... Dr. Wayne
Michael Schwartz Michael Schwartz ... Sully
Brea Grant ... Rachael
Shaun Ausmus Shaun Ausmus ... Kenny
Carol Stanzione ... Mother
Lee Main Lee Main ... Killer
Ashley Black Ashley Black ... Jackie


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody horror violence/gore, language, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


2 years after its DVD release in 2008, director Jack Messitt got the chance to do a revised version of the movie. According to Messitt, production company Bigfoot Entertainment was so impressed with the DVD sales that they eventually gave him more money to update the movie with new scenes and better special/sound effects. The new version was released as "Midnight Movie: Killer Cut" on DVD in 2011. See more »


In the theatre, Babe is seated directly to Harley's right. However, when Harley throws popcorn at Mario, and again later when he yells at the teens to shut up, that seat is empty. See more »


Josh: [greeting Timmy] Hey Little Man
Timmy: [annoyed] Don't Call Me That
Josh: [hurt] I Didn't Mean It Like That
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are over, there's a scene showing a cop putting a parking ticket on the biker's abandoned motorcycle. See more »

Alternate Versions

The originally released version (2008) runs 89 minutes. Three years later, an 82-minute "Killer Cut" was released on home video. This new version promised that "Jack Messitt's award winning horror film can finally be seen as it was intended. With new and enhanced visual effects, never before seen footage and extended scenes". See more »


References Cut (2000) See more »


Urban Hive
Written by Mark Hvilsted
Performed by Mark Hvilsted
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User Reviews

A solid slasher, if a little too short and under-complicated
16 January 2016 | by ofumalowSee all my reviews

This is a pleasant surprise (especially amongst free horror movies on Hulu, where expectations are usually best kept verrrrrry low), and that rare film that actually not only doesn't overstay its welcome, but should have been a bit longer. The denouement feels a little hasty, particularly since the film has just introduced an interesting idea (regarding the long-term fate of victims) that it doesn't really bother capitalizing on. They could have easily thrown in an additional twist or false ending or two in order to nudge the running time past a very slim 75 minutes that feel like they wrap up a little prematurely.

That said, the performances are decent (aside from the wooden little boy), the characters predictably two-dimensional but enjoyable enough (at least they're not the usual slasher movie examples of "Look ma, I'm a total idiot! Watch me take my clothes off for no reason, then go wandering into the darkest possible place despite all warnings just becau--ARRGHHH!!!"), the pacing good. The concept is similar to "Demons," and while this isn't as memorable, it's energetic and well-crafted. If gore is your main criteria in evaluating a slasher, you'll probably think there isn't quite enough of it here.

I'm surprised the director hasn't made any features since, as he did a very decent job here on a low budget. Trust me, you have seen much worse. "Midnight Movie" isn't particularly original, in content or style, but with movies of this type, solid competence is nothing to sneeze at.

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Release Date:

6 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bigfoot Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs


(director's cut) | (original)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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