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Added by The Wolf on 12 Apr 2009 09:40
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Midnight Movie Madness

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Freaks (1932)
Director: Tod Browning
Year: 1932
Country: USA
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Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Year: 1936
Country: USA
Also known as 'Tell Your Children'
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Director: Terence Fisher
Year: 1957
Country: UK
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Director: George A. Romero
Year: 1968
Country: USA
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Targets (1968)
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Year: 1968
Country: USA
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Director: Kenneth Anger
Year: 1969
Country: USA
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Director: Marv Newland
Year: 1969
Country: Canada
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El Topo (1970)
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Year: 1970
Country: Mexico
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Equinox (1970)
Director: Jack Woods
Year: 1970
Country: USA
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Director: Fernando Arrabal
Year: 1971
Country: France/Tunisia
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Director: John Waters
Year: 1972
Country: USA
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Director: Perry Henzell
Year: 1972
Country: Jamaica
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Flesh Gordon (1974)
Director: Michael Benveniste
Year: 1974
Country: USA
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Director: Jim Sharman
Year: 1975
Country: UK/USA
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Director: Joel M. Reed
Year: 1976
Country: USA
Also known as 'The Incredible Torture Show'
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Eraserhead (1977)
Director: David Lynch
Year: 1977
Country: USA
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Liquid Sky (1982)
Director: Slava Tsukerman
Year: 1982
Country: USA

Widely considered being one of the last "true" indie films that would became a midnight hit, if not the last. The wide spread of VCR and cable-TV this time around marked the death for midnight movie madness, though the legacy lives.
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A list of the original and most legendary Midnight Movies in chronolical order. Freaks and Reefer Madness are the ones that gained huge popularity at midnight screenings back in the 30s, but it was El Topo that made a phenomenon of the midnight movies, partly due the statement of John Lennon that it is his all time favorite film. He also helped Jodorowsky and his crew to finance Jodo's next masterpiece, The Holy Mountain. These cult and underground films of their time has had huge impact on the way movies are seen and made. Most notably the unbeliavable cult-following of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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"The term midnight movie is rooted in the practice that emerged in the 1950s of local television stations around the United States airing low-budget genre films as late-night programming, often with a host delivering ironic asides. As a cinematic phenomenon, the midnight screening of offbeat movies began in the early 1970s in a few urban centers, particularly New York City, eventually spreading across the country. The screening of nonmainstream pictures at midnight was aimed at building a cult film audience, encouraging repeat viewing and social interaction in what was originally a countercultural setting. The national success of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the changing economics of the film exhibition industry altered the nature of the midnight movie phenomenon; as its association with broader trends of cultural and political opposition dwindled in the 1980s, the midnight movie became a more purely camp experience—in effect, bringing it closer to the television form that shares its name. The term midnight movie is now often used in two different, though related, ways: as a synonym for B movie, reflecting the relative cheapness characteristic of late-night movies both theatrically and on TV, and as a synonym for cult film."

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Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Apr 9 22:36
Great list!
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Apr 10 9:27
Good stuff! But BLOODSUCKING FREAKS (yeah, you have to scream that title or it wont work hehe) should been there!
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Apr 10 12:06
Thanks! BLOODSUCKING FREAKS added. :)
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Mar 31 6:08
Could use some pictures and notes, but still a good idea for a list with cool and useful choices and information.

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