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Midnight Movie: A Novel

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The good news: Director Tobe Hooper has been invited to speak at a screening of Destiny Express, a movie he wrote and directed as a teenager, but that hasn’t seen the light of day in decades.And Hooper’s fans are ecstatic.

The bad news: Destiny Expressproves to be a killer . . . literally. As the death toll mounts, Tobe embarks on a desperate journey to understand the film’
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ebook, 199 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Three Rivers Press (first published 2010)
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Marvin
Midnight Movie is a glorious mess. It is the most fun I've had reading a horror novel since the equally gloriously messy DRACULAS. It has also renewed my faith in the idea that a movie director can write a novel that is the equal to his talent in film director.

Of course, some of you snobs may not think that is not so impressive considering the director. Tobe Hooper may not receive the accolades of a Hitchcock or a Cronenberg but he is always imaginative and exuberant even in the least of his fil
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Bandit
This book was SO much fun. I read it all in one evening and, while I read a lot, I can scarcely remember last time I had so much fun with a book. It reminded me of World War Z in a way that there were zombies and it was told through first person accounts and it was immensely (although completely different sort of) enjoyable. So this is like a really silly really over the top B movie type of a book. Nice to see Hooper is a man of many talents, not just cinematically gifted. I wonder if he'll turn ...more
Nick Cato
There's always a roll of the eyes when a famed horror film director tries his hand at a novel (Wes Craven, anyone?). When I heard Tobe Hooper--director of my all time favorite horror film, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE--had written one, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, especially after hearing that one of my buddies HATED it and another LOVED it.

For the first 100 pages, MIDNIGHT MOVIE had me hook, line, and sinker. The pace was nice, the initial idea seemed great (a screening of an unseen Ho
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Rade
Eh, it was alright. A film is shown, a rather old and amateur film, and a lot of people start experiencing weird things right after seeing it, eventually ending in their deaths. The book had some humor and it was written in a way that a person is talking one minute that goes on for few pages, and then it switches to another person's point of view, usually one that is interacting with the first person. It is also written through text messages, diary pages, and newspaper articles, which is kind of ...more
zxvasdf
A very interesting literary debut by the famous (infamous?) director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's actually surprisingly up to date, and uses social media such as emails and twitter to carry the story through multiple viewpoints.

What's going on is Tobe Hooper made a movie when he was sixteen, only he can't remember what the hell it was. A stranger calls Tobe up, and asks him to come on over for a screening of the only remaining footage of that movie. Strange things happen during the scre
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Bret
This is the most entertaining book that I have read in a long time. The story reminds me a bit of the movie "Demons," which is about a group of movie goers who get turned into demons when one of the patrons gets scratched by a prop from the movie. In "Midnight Movie," Tobe Hooper, the writer/ director of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," receives a call about showing his newly rediscovered first movie, "Destiny Express," at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin. During the movie the audien ...more
Kate
Horror filmmaker Tobe Hooper (he of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem's Lot, and Poltergeist fame) tries his hand at horror/zombie fiction here and, man, he does succeed. It was a a horror film, documentary style, on paper and I blasted through it. I loved it. It was so entertaining and so awesome to just read something that was thoroughly entertaining more than just good literature.

What's even more amazing here is that Tobe Hooper is a character in his own story, in fact the whole plot of this boo
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Simon Logan
An adolescent mess of a book.

The concept of having Tobe Hooper writing a book with himself as Tobe Hooper as the main protagonist and the theme being about a movie which can turn people into lunatics has the potential for lots of interesting meta-play but in the end the book was a total mess.

It's hard to say how much of it was Hooper and how much his (shhh, quiet about this!) co-writer but the whole thing came off as very amateerish and fanboy-ish. Instead of knowing digs or winks the Hooper cha
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ArdnAskelA
Waah! J'crois que si je n'avais pas vu ce livre exposé ce matin-là où la bibliothèque était fermée je ne l'aurais sûrement jamais lu. Et je l'aurais regretté... Qu'est-ci qui a attiré mon oeil, à part la couverture ? La phrase "Par le créateur de Massacre à la tronçonneuse !!
Je ne savais pas trop de quoi parlait ce livre, la 4e de couverture ne disait pas grande chose.. d'explicite. Une fois la lecture entamée, j'ai été absorbée par. Elle m'hantait lorsque je ne lisais pas XD Ce que j'ai bien
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Bree
Totally kitschy, totally gimmicky, and a real let-down in the last 10 pages or so but fuck if I didn't enjoy the ride.
Craig DiLouie
In MIDNIGHT MOVIE by Tobe Hooper, director of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, the author attends a midnight screening of a film he shot as a teenager and has since, due to an accident, forgotten. The screening creates an epidemic of madness that takes one of several horrible forms, including zombies. While I found the explanation for the epidemic to be weak, the story is wildly imaginative and intense, with a strong voice. I hope Hooper does more fiction, because I tore through this story in about ...more
Jennie
He should keep writing books...cannot wait to find out what the f'd up idea he has brewing turns out to be (see interview at end of book).

Using multiple narrators worked great here, as did switching up the writing style with tweets, letters, journals.

I love the whole idea of the cursed film and this book is one of the better explorations of it. For me, it's right up there with Carpenter's "Cigarette Burns."

How creeped out would I get by a film version? (Pretty sure no one would "let" him make
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Jon
Here's a nice moment:

"I asked Dude, 'Okay, why do you think a movie started this whole thing?"
He said, "Didn't you see The Ring? It's possible. Very, very possible."
I said, "The Ring is fiction, dickhead. You know, somebody made it up."
He said, "But it rang true to me." (207)

For me, this is the most perceptive moment in the whole book. Truth & fiction, fantasy & reality--it's all kind of tricky, with some works of fantasy ringing truer than other, more "realistic" works. If only Midnight
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Michelle Morrell
Done in a documentary style using interviews, blog articles, twitter feed and newspaper articles, this first novel by the director of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is all that you would imagine. A movie created by the adolescent Tobe is unearthed but more than a novelty, viewing spawns a horrific disease that manifests as sexual obsessions, violence, madness and zombies. You might not think so, given the the subject matter, but it really was a fun little book.
Alex Maidy
This novel, written in a "documentary" format is not scary as much as funny, in the same way as Evil Dead 2. Fast paced, well written, firmly tongue-in-cheek, this novel made me laugh as much as get grossed out. It definitely does not take itself seriously but revels in the idea of a film causing a zombie-like STD to spread through the United States. Definitely fun but not for the squeamish.
Jevron McCrory
Don't expect too much from this beautifully designed artful 'movie' book and you'll be wildly entertained! It's schlocky, shallow on details and unashamedly B-movie but it's one wild ride! As a story, it's probably a one star, but the execution and presentation is so confident, it hardly matters. A VERY guilty pleasure!
Midnight Blue
I have to admit that the only reason I picked this book off the shelf is that I'm a huge Texas Chainsaw Massacre fan....but it was actually a really good and entertaining book in its own right. If you liked Feed by Mira Grant you will definitely love Midnight Movie. One warning,though; I wouldn't read it on a full stomach.
Julian Meanchoff
Shite. Half way through the book and still have no idea what is supposed to be happening or even "scary." Cringeworthy dialogue/blog entries/thought processes that read like somebody trying to imitate Joe R. Lansdale but completely lacking the ear for it and as a result failing miserably.
LJ Peters
A nerdy, heterosexual male's soft porn paranormal fantasy involving Zombies with oozing faces and rotting flesh, who tear their own limbs off and generally terrorise the world. Told gutturally in the format of diaries, blogs & social media accounts, it is by the creator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, featuring himself as a main character - who unleashes this horror through the screening of one of his films. It is narcissistic, yet self deprecating at the same time, straddling the worlds of ...more
Eleanore
This was nuts. In such a fun way, though. What a trip. Quick, gross, imaginative, insane, very fun read.
Amy
LOL ... Literally :)
Benjamin
Beloved horror director Tobe Hooper's first novel isn't by any stretch unreadable (I blew through it over the course of two nights), though I can't help but feel that something was lost in the translation from auteur to author.

I definitely admired the attempt at a unique structure....the narrative is culled together from oral accounts, diary and journal entries, Twitter and text exchanges, news sources, and other etc.

But the story itself? A screening of a long-forgotten early work of Hooper's
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H R Koelling
I'm not a fan of Horror fiction, nor am I a fan of the seemingly incessant barrage of recent Vampire/Zombie/Werewolf novels that seem to be cropping up like... well, Zombies. I also only have vestigial memories of enduring Tobe Hooper's claim to fame, his movie, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," which I most likely viewed under the influence of several bong hits during my hazy college and/or high school years. His movie, like other minor classics of cinema, strikes me as one of those fringe offerings t ...more
Dan Buday


This was a quick little thriller that built nicely into a gruesome supernatural mystery. I appreciate the blend of narrative formats. You might call it ADD storytelling, but before any one part wore out its welcome, a quick shift in narration kept the story fresh. The combination of tweets, blogs, diaries, memos, and emails gave this a nice sense of immersion. The payoff was not quite as earth shattering as I had expected, and a couple characters were less than believable. Although I'm a fan of
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Joe Barlow
An interesting attempt to write a postmodern, self-aware horror novel, starring (real) filmmaker Tobe Hooper, who also co-authored the book. The premise: one of Hooper's earliest films has been rediscovered and shown to the public for the first time. Unfortunately, everyone who sees it comes down with a strange mental disorder, causing bizarre behavior. Unfortunately, the writing is not engaging, and except for the Hooper character, most of the characters are uninteresting. So when Hooper disapp ...more
Robert
Tobe Hooper has a private screening of an early movie set up by a big fan of his. However those invited soon begin to exhibit the Blue Spew, a new form of fatal STD. Except that those who die don't really die. So that could could be an interesting tale as told by the real Tobe Hooper, the director of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. However this just really does not meet the high expectations that I had for it. Told from differing characters in bizarre jump points, Twitter tweets and variou ...more
Sarah
What a weird book. I picked this up because it's by Tobe Hooper and I wanted to see what he would do in book form. The story is told interestingly - it's like an oral history of The Game. But a lot of details were left out and the plot line felt incomplete. I didn't expect it to be logical, but it doesn't even make sense within the nonsensical context of the story. It seemed to be working overly hard to be shocking and it was, but not in a comical or horrifying way. I didn't expect all that much ...more
Joe Hempel
Eh...I don't quite know what to think.

This book is written as if it were a documentary, kind of like Texas Chainsaw Massacre...which is appropriate since Tobe Hooper wrote this.

It's basically a Zombie book, but it never really comes together....and it's driven by an insatiable quest by those infected to fuck everything in site.

Yeah....it held my interest in the way it was written and the different point of views....but I don't think I could really reccomend this books to anyone.
Nikki
This book just really wasn't for me. The "documentary" format did really work, however, allowing the reader to see a variety of different characters and to see the happenings within the book from different perspectives. Being a fan of "b" movies, it did hold my interest. If you're into "quirky" books with lots of gore and sex, then this might be the book for you.

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