Midnight (1982)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA | Director: John A. Russo
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 93mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 750×576 – 29.970fps – 1.70gb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082744/

A teenage girl runs away from home because police officer/stepfather puts the moves on her. Hitchhiking to California, she’s picked up by two guys who are also traveling cross-country. Along the way, they decide to camp out in the woods and run across a family of Satanists who keep their dead mother in the attic.

John Russo, author of the excellent “The Awakening”, “The Majorettes”, “Return of The Living Dead” (both unfilmed NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD sequel and novelization of the Dan O’Bannon film) and “Midnight” novel, amongst others, is a better novelist than filmmaker. His THE MAJORETTES, a stupid cheerleader slasher flick, is bottom of the barrel garbage.

MIDNIGHT, on the other hand, has a creepy, seedy tone, decent special effects, a great sleaze turn by the late Lawrence Tierney, a sexual abuse subplot and some bizarre twists. The opening, in which a “demon” (a young girl), caught in a metal trap, is beaten to death by a woman and her sons, is a real attention-grabber.

Musical score by Paul McCollough is catchy but cheesy.

Plot follows the adventures of a young, sexually abused teenager (Melanie Verlin) who runs away from home and hitches a ride with a couple of thieves. The horror rears its head when the trio enter Pittsburgh’s hill country.

Make-up maestro Tom Savini’s special effects are very convincing — a sudden beheading is a keeper.

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Midnight (1982)