A documentary about the 1970’s cult phenomenon “midnight movies” that focuses upon six landmarks works: Night of the Living Dead, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eraserhead, El topo, The Harder They Come and Pink Flamingos. Directors George A. Romero, David Lynch, Richard O’Brien, Perry Henzell, John Waters and Alejandro Jodorowsky describe the production conditions and inspiration of their works. Producers, writers, actors and film critics such as Jonathan Rosenbaum and Roger Ebert comment on the history of these low-budget productions that pushed the boundaries of so-called “mainstream cinema.” Exhibitors, distributors and members of the audience also contribute to a better knowledge of an influential way of reinventing cinema.
This was fine, I just wished they touched on more films, especially films that aren't as popular as Rocky Horror and Eraserhead.
Only scratched surfaces... A potentially fascinating topic is largely neutered by being merely a succession of talking heads edited into attention deficit chunks (and why that those swirling backgrounds, lest we look away for a second?) revealing little more than is known elsewhere. A missed opportunity.
A good documentary that essentially documents the birth of the midnight movie phenomenon and cult films in general, specifically focusing on EL TOPO, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HARDER THEY COME… read review