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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

Writers:

Victor Kushmaniuk (additional writer), Stuart Samuels
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Cast

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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Documentary

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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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Budget:

CAD671,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,143
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

John Waters: [about Pink Flamingos] I was high when I wrote it. I was not high when I made it.
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References Friday the 13th (1980) See more »

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a must for the midnight movie maniac
28 March 2006 | by fnorfulSee all my reviews

This is a well-constructed movie that is entertaining, informative and at times disturbing.

We have seen or heard of all six movies: El Topo, Night of the Living Dead, Pink Flamingos, The Harder They Come, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Eraserhead. It would be worth an entire movie just to see the clips, but these are presented one at a time, each movie given the full treatment of talking heads and loads of footage.

The interviewees are shown historically and recently. The film moves along quickly, giving a good sense of the film, its production, distribution and the culture it blossomed in.

It's a must-see for any film fan.


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