Monday, February 4, 2008

MIDNIGHT MOVIES: FROM THE MARGIN TO THE MAINSTREAM

This 2007 documentary by director Stuart Samuels chronicles the rise of the "midnight movie" movement in the Seventies, when theater owners began running low budget, offbeat flicks at late night screenings in an effort to raise some extra cash. Several of these films ended up attracting huge crowds, and gave rise to the whole "cult film" phenomenon.

The film takes an in-depth look specifically at the six films that most defined the movement – Alejandro Jodorowsky’s allegorical western, EL TOPO, George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, John Waters’ PINK FLAMINGOS, the reggae-flavored THE HARDER THEY COME, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and David Lynch’s ERASERHEAD. Through well-chosen clips and thoughtful, perceptive commentary by exhibitors, distributors, critics and filmmakers (including Romero, Waters, Lynch and Jodorowsky), MIDNIGHT MOVIES offers a fascinating look at the pre-home video era of cult films.

Starz' bare-bones DVD presents the documentary in a crisp, 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a stereo soundtrack. There are no extras.

BUY: Midnight Movies (Starz Inside)