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Midnight (1982)

A teenage runaway and 2 guys traveling cross-country encounter a family of satanists.

Director:

John A. Russo (as John Russo)

Writers:

John A. Russo (novel) (as John Russo), John A. Russo (screenplay) (as John Russo)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Verlin Melanie Verlin ... Nancy Johnson (as Melanie Verliin)
Lawrence Tierney ... Bert Johnson
John Hall John Hall ... Tom
C. Anthony Jackson C. Anthony Jackson ... Hank (as Charles Jackson)
Charles Jackson Charles Jackson ... Hank
Doris Hackney Doris Hackney ... Harriet Johnson
Bob Johnson Bob Johnson ... Reverend Carrington
Lachele Carl Lachele Carl ... Sandra Carrington (as LaChele Carl)
David Marchick ... Cyrus
Greg Besnak Greg Besnak ... Luke
John Amplas ... Abraham
Robin Walsh Robin Walsh ... Cynthia
Jackie Nicoll Jackie Nicoll ... Mama
Amy Brinton Amy Brinton ... Girl in Trap
Debra Smith Debra Smith ... Young Cynthia
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Storyline

A teenage girl runs away from home because police officer/stepfather puts the moves on her. Hitchhiking to California, she's picked up by two guys who are also traveling cross-country. Along the way, they decide to camp out in the woods and run across a family of Satanists who keep their dead mother in the attic. Written by Humberto Amador

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When the dead drink the blood of the living See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Russo's Midnight See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was released in some theaters as "Backwoods Massacre". See more »

Crazy Credits

The film's closing credits only include the cast, something common in older films, but unusual for a film made in the 1980s. See more »

Alternate Versions

The region 1 DVD release from Lion's Gate is two and half minutes longer than the original release. Several scenes of extra violence are in this version. See more »

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Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Midnight Themes
Written and Performed by One Man's Family
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You'll Be Up All Night....
16 May 2000 | by drconcertsSee all my reviews

...after sitting through this excruciatingly brutal film. John Russo's only other decent contribution to the horror genre (aside from the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD), MIDNIGHT is an unrelentingly disturbing film that remains a shock to the senses even after multiple viewings.

It's films like this that make good horror. The cheap music, bad acting, and atrocious camerawork actually make the film work, sort of like a poor man's TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. I heartily wish that Hollywood would learn it's lesson from no-budget efforts like this, and put the horror back into horror films.


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