Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

"Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream" focuses on six movies that re-invented the film medium while pushing the boundaries of bad taste and social taboos. They are: "El Topo" (1970), "Night of the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 5, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Koehler

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.

Philip French
Observer (UK)

An extremely interesting film.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Samuels' film both contextualises and celebrates these strange slices of subversive counter-culture

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Ben Walters
Time Out

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.

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Peter Bradshaw

Enjoyable, if blandly celebratory.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

In this affectionate glimpse into those countercultural times, filmmaker Stuart Samuels has compiled an engaging distillation of those nocturnal filmic emissions.

Brian Orndorf

For any movie nut who craves their exhibition history, this is a must see documentary.

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A documentary about challenging and outrageous films should offer something more provocative than counter-culture filmmakers congratulating themselves on a job well done.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a fun doc about the birth of cult film in the 70's. focusing on 6 influential 'midnight' movies including 2 of my all time faves, night of the… More
Patrick Dolan
It's really informative, and you can tell there's a high appreciation for these films behind the camera. It's great to see some of the movies I… More
Tim Salmons
Superb documentary. A great taste of sleaze & underground cinema.
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Michael Gildea
I saw this many months back and remember liking it. It offered great insight into a period of moviemaking that we'll never see the likes of again. It made… More
Kevin M
Not a bad documentary that chronicles significant midnight film culture from '70 to '77. John Waters is a filthy director. Ewww.