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These are a few of the over 100 films discussed in Midnight Movies, a comprehensive and in-depth look at the subculture movies of the past three decades. Here is the complete history of cult films, their makers, and their audience; an examination of how films become "midnight movies," and what keeps audiences coming back to see them over and over; an exploration of the con...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 22nd 1991 by Da Capo Press
(first published November 30th 1982)
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While I was expecting some sort of compilation of culty/campy films, this book reads more like a New York-centered history of midnight screenings and cult successes from the 1960s to early 1980s. Key films discussed (some given their own chapters) include: "Rocky Horror Picture Show", "El Topo", "Night of the Living Dead", "Pink Flamingos", "Eraserhead", "The Harder They Come", "Performance", "Freaks", "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", "Chelsea Girls", other films by Warhol, Paul Morrissey, Dere...more
Exhaustive and well researched, the authors clearly have not only an affinity but a respect for the subject matter. It is about far more than just the movies themselves. They delve into the before and after history of the films, profiling the people who make and the people who consume.
Wow. I learned so much about the MIdnight Movie movement in NYC (London and LA were also mentioned, but most of it was NYC in the late 60s to early 80s). The writing was kind of "film snob" at times, but definitely worth checking out if you like exploitation films.