Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
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Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
Stuart Samuels's popular documentary Midnight Movies: From Margin to Mainstream grounds itself in the thesis that six revolutionary American motion pictures - Night of the Living Dead (1968), El Topo (1970), Pink Flamingoes (1972), The Harder they Come (1972), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and Eraserhead (1976) - invented the concept of "midnight movies" and thus permanently reshaped the American film industry per se and the composition of the average U.S. film audience, creating a new "brand" of viewer. Samuels and his team tell the story of this odd subgenre as… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Samuels' own enjoyment for midnighters comes through in his funky visual design -- visually spunky for a clips-and-talking-heads film -- and in the energetic editing."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"An extremely interesting film."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Samuels' film both contextualises and celebrates these strange slices of subversive counter-culture"
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"It's a celebration of cinema-going as a 'ritual experience or trip', a communal adventure with no real equivalent in the exquisitely atomised YouTubeverse."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Enjoyable, if blandly celebratory."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"To the film's credit he does manage to get the major participants together, with each film having a representative key creative person talking about the project."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"In this affectionate glimpse into those countercultural times, filmmaker Stuart Samuels has compiled an engaging distillation of those nocturnal filmic emissions."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"For any movie nut who craves their exhibition history, this is a must see documentary."
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"A documentary about challenging and outrageous films should offer something more provocative than counter-culture filmmakers congratulating themselves on a job well done."
‑ , BBC
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