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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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A great history on the midnight movie scene. My copy was published in 1991, so it doesn't have anything on newer cult films like The Room and Troll 2, but it does give an excellent overview of what was happening in the 60s and why directors like Kenneth Anger and Jack Smith were important to this "secret world" of film that was developing. Rocky Horror gets the most coverage here, and given that the first edition of this book came out in the early 80s it makes sense that a phenomenon like that w...more
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.