Midnight Movie (2008) - Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Hohum Score

12

Watchable

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.

IMDB: 5.1
Director: Jack Messitt
Stars: Rebekah Brandes, Daniel Bonjour
Length: 82 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 8 out of 63 found boring (12.69%)

One-line Reviews (38)

Midnight Movie hits a 'cliché all-time-high' when it is revealed that the killer—a bargain-basement Leatherface wannabe armed with a custom-built corkscrew—can only hurt those who are afraid of him (gack!

Unfortunately I think they took a cut to a lot of what they would have wanted to do and just left it as is making Midnight Movie just average and really only entertaining to the hard core horror fans and even then its mostly a write off.

I suppose all three of those traits (inventive/interesting/entertaining) are true.

Other stalking, including those through the theater's surprisingly long, darkened twisting hallways are really well-handled as well, making for a series of surprisingly suspenseful stalking sequences.

My only qualm with him is the weapon of choice, which does manage some good kill scenes, but becomes boring, repetitive, and not at all intimidating.

There are also some surprises in who lives/dies that took me by surprise, which is always a good thing in a slasher because generally they are so predictable with who lives/dies.

But seeing it again I can't get over the film's many flaws: the slow pacing, the first half hour is hard to sit through because it's all up to the cast, since nothing happens.

It's 'count the cliché' time with Midnight Movie, a derivative supernatural slasher which looks and feels just like any one of a hundred other films you might find clogging up the horror section in your local rental outlet.

Worth Watching .

Technically subpar, but rather entertaining, modern slasher.

Needless to say the deaths are done just like in that film with the huge door being moved and bodies dragged in from the floor.

It was entertaining and at sometimes scary.

This is what I find to be intelligent and intriguing about Midnight Movie.

Not great, but definitely entertaining.

Don't Waste Your Time .

What starts out like a B-movie from the 60's soon becomes an engrossing mystery as you try to figure out what is happening, and then keeps you riveted as you start to wonder if the characters will figure it out in time.

I'd watch it again on a boring night.

In general, this one has just a lot of fun stalking scenes and all are pretty much enjoyable, beyond those mentioned here.

And this is exactly how this special Midnight Movie starts: An old cinema somewhere in a suburb, some bored teenagers, some violence-addicted freaks and, well, literally lots of blood.

One of the flaws is the fact that this one really doesn't have it's rules for the killer set in stone, resulting in some plot holes or just plain confusing scenes.

Midnight Movie is one of these movies, a premise that while not totally original (one can look back to Last Action Hero or an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark that took this premise already, and had Nosferatu to boot), could be entertaining in the right hands.

The acting from the main characters was a lot better than what I expected, and the suspense kept you on the edge of your seat.

episode "The Tale of the Midnight Madness" with a overalled murderer swapped for Nosferatu, it still seemed like an inventive and interesting idea that could easily make for an entertaining modern slasher.

Unfortunately, after a strong and promising beginning, Midnight Movie settles for being a throughly routine slasher film, with unimaginative deaths and average direction - through the order in which the assorted characters are killed is admirably unpredictable.

but, the gore is good for the most part, even though the kills are overly repetitive.

Flawless acting, superb cinematography, gut-wrenching special effects, riveting storyline, an independent label with a seemingly lofty production value...

The premise is both inventive and evocative.

This is a well done film that is worth watching.

When the dust settles we get a twist so unexpected, that even to this day my mind is still spinning, and where Rebekah ends up would be something debated between horror fans for years.

Definitely worth watching.

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!

At least Rebekah Brandes is lovely and the biker guy is entertaining.

Midnight movie has a lame setting, a dull cast, an unconvincing killer with a weapon that couldn't possibly do what it shows to do.

Unlike any of the hundreds of horror movies the plot was weirdly good and also the ending had a very unexpected twist!

Yawn!

Director/co-writer Jack Messsitt and co-writer Mark Garbett craft a clever and affection homage to both 70's drive-in exploitation schlock and 80's slice'n'dice body count fare that benefits from a constant snappy pace, likable and well-drawn main characters, slick cinematography by Messitt, Ruben Ross and Clyde W.

The Final Verdict: An incredibly enjoyable and entertaining entry with very few flaws and much more, and more worthwhile, good points to easily counteract them.

Like how the slow, limping "movie" killer easily catches up to the "real" people in the "real" world...