06th Jun2019

Movies You May Have Missed: ‘ Midnight Movie (The Killer Cut)’

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest installment in our regular Movies You May Have Missed series here on Nerdly, in which I highlight some of, what I think, are the best movies that have flown under the radar of many or have been “forgotten” in the intervening years since its release. This time round its the horror film Midnight Movie, in particular the “Killer Cut” which was released years after the films original debut, fixing some of the issues the director had with them film.


Stars: Rebekah Brandes, Daniel Bonjour, Greg Cirulnick, Brea Grant, Mandell Maughan, Stan Ellsworth, Jon Briddell, Michael Swan, Michael Schwartz | Written by Jack Messitt, Mark Garbett | Directed by Jack Messitt

Official Synopsis:

A midnight showing of an early 1970’s horror movie turns to chaos when the Killer from the movie comes out of the film to attack those in the theater.

My Thoughts:

Originally released back in 2009, Midnight Movie was a cult hit amongst horror fans, gaining praise for its cool killer and 80s slasher stylings. Jump forward to 2011 and Bigfoot Entertainment gave director Jack Messitt a chance to go back and revisit the film, producing the flick he originally wanted, with newly shot scenes, restored footage from the original shoot, new VFX and new score composed just for this iteration of the movie which was dubbed Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut.

Midnight Movie, in its original cut,tells the story of a midnight showing of “The Dark Beneath” a cult horror film written and directed by Ted Radford, who may or may not have slaughtered the cast of the film during its production. Only this is no ordinary film, it’s lethal villain – a skull-faced killer with a corkscrew of death – can jump in and out of the film at will to kill the attendees of the late night screening.

The film itself is very much like one of my 80s favourites, Popcorn, with the same horrific-looking killer and spunky heroine who has “issues”. Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut also has a great film-within-a-film, a grainy black and white cheese-fest of a movie that looks like it stepped right out of the 70s, and in the new killer cut, this grindhouse style flick has had somewhat of a minor makeover, made to look even more low-budget and dated; and whilst the film-within-a-film is cheesy as all hell, the rest of the film is slick, fast-paced and well written.

The cast of characters include your typical stereotypes – the jock, the nerd, the badass biker and his long-suffering girlfriend – we’ve seen them all before, including the aforementioned heroine, but the script by Jack Messitt and Mark Garbett manages to breathe life into tired cliches and with the added VFX in this killer cut feels just as new.

A highly entertaining modern-day slasher no matter which cut you watch, Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut enhances an already great film which is worth a spot in any horror fans collection.

Where to Find It:

You can only buy the original cut of Midnight Movie on DVD here in the UK, meanwhile in the US you can rent or buy the Killer Cut on Amazon Prime.


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