Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005, CDN/USA) C-88m. *** D: Stuart Samuels. Featuring interviews with George A. Romero, Alejandro Jodorowsky, John Waters, Perry Henzell, David Lynch, Richard O'Brien, Roger Ebert, Lou Adler, Ben Barenholtz. Highly interesting documentary about the midnight movie phenomenon, which turned unusual, unconventional movies into cult hits in the early 1970s by placing them on the midnight spot in theaters (sometimes long after their initial release). Film focuses on six films that have become some of the biggest cult movies ever: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), EL TOPO (1970), PINK FLAMINGOS (1972), THE HARDER THEY COME (1972), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975), and ERASERHEAD (1977). It turns out EL TOPO started it all! The directors appear in interviews and the phenomenon is examined in detail up to the time when home video put an end to it. A must for anyone interested in cult movies (=you!). From the director of VISIONS OF LIGHT (1992).

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