Thursday, September 16, 2010
It Came From Netflix:Midnight Movie(2008)
By Eric Polk of anotherdescentinto.blogspot.com
I don't want to speak alot about the current state of the mainstream horror genre(well, no, actually it's in a funk royale thanks to needless after needless remake), but once in awhile a genre film rises above the rehashed dreck to deliver an entertaining, if not totally original, show.2008's Midnight Movie is that horror celluloid phoenix rising above the ashes of a once proud culture.
Directed by Jack Messitt, Midnight Movie centers around a group of friends(and a disagreeable biker couple) who attend a screening of a 70s cult classic, Beneath the Dark(think Texas Chainsaw Masscare with a dash of Psycho and a splash of Shocker for good measure).
What the attendees of the screen do not know is the fact the star and director of the movie made an escape from a nut farm five years ago and has never been found.
The movie then goes into a departure from linear reality as the killer begins offing the patrons one by one...IN THE MOVIE ITSELF! Locked inside the theatre with no hope of escape, they have to stop this masked maniac before he slashes again!
Midnight Movie is a dream for a slasher sub-genre fan such as myself. Great, if not unique premise(Demons, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and Return to Horror High are a few examples of the movie-within-a-movie premise). Blood, blood, blood everywhere! The only thing keeping this movie from being inducted into my Horror Movie Hall of Fame is the rather abrupt ending that makes you go 'um ok?' Nevertheless, an awesome example of a current horror movie that kicks ass!