Friday, December 7, 2012

Midnight (1982)


As you'll come to realize (given the notion you actually read any of this), most of the shit that blows my skirt up is hated and looked down upon by 99% of the folks who've actually heard of or stumbled across any of it. Of course I could give a shit less considering most of these folks interests suck cock anyways, so, having stated that, let us  hurriedly move on to Midnight -aka- Backwoods Massacre.

There are a ton of reasons why I love this movie. The first being the geographical atmosphere. For me, there is a serious Dawn of the Dead vibe here which I'm sure owes to the fact that both movies were filmed in and around the Pittsburgh area. Possibly due to the fact that I'm from a rather rural area of New England, I've always had a healthy infatuation / lurking fear of wooded areas and the not so fantastical possibilities of bearded serial killers creeping around within them. Well, this movie was a complete manifestation of my weird and wandering imagination.

I remember first seeing this in a video store sometime in the late 80's and thinking that this would probably suck, then I turned the box around and saw a still shot of some bearded fat fuck in overalls slitting the throat of some hapless chum, causing me to renege on my initial response. Oh, nothing freaks me out more than bearded fat fucks wielding sharp objects, especially when they run at obscene speeds and eat their prey ! Well, there's no eating of human prey in this flick but, what we do have is a backwoods-satanic-serial killin' clan that likes to keep a well maintained stock of young chicky babies locked up in animal cages until the ritual throat slitting festival begins at midnight.

As the title of this article suggests, Tom Savini did the effects for the film and no, they are not his most provocative, nor do they suck. If anything, they're very much in the (severed) vein of Friday the 13th, especially in regards to slashed jugulars. Some of the other effects, such as the corpse of the clans matriarch are reminiscent of Savini's work in Deranged, which also has a similar feeling and tone, overall.


John Amplas of 'Martin' fame stars as one of the satanic serial killers and receives a liberal amount of screen time, probably the most he's gotten since that pivotal role.

A lot of people bitch and complain about the theme song that plays pretty much throughout the entire length of the film. Personally, I don't mind the song and sure as fuck prefer it to all the groovy hipster "nu" metal / rap homo shit crammed to the brim in most modern genre offerings. My only gripe would be that it was seemingly stuck on fucking loop! I've seen someone refer to the song as being disco. Obviously they don't know what the fuck they're jabbering about since it is clearly more of a pop/folk number not too far removed from Joni Mitchell or early Bonnie Raitt. Oh well, no biggie.
I can only assume that another one of the reasons this film is so largely panned and reviled is that it was released amidst the early 80's slasher craze that all of the pseudo-intellectual "filmologists" piss and moan about. I can only fantasize that some of the fuckers getting sliced & diced throughout the course of any one of these movies were would-be hipster film critics who rave about the genius of boring, over-hyped bullshit and knob-slob fests such as Monsters Ball and  Brokeback Mountain.

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