A dude made a scary movie a long time ago. Apparently, it was his vehicle to display his love of scaring people. Unfortunately he also went crazy and was committed to a hospital, because of his obsession with the film. One day he is forced to watch it again as a part of his treatment. He kills himself and apparently everyone in the hospital. Now a theatre full of 7 teenagers, a biker couple, a detective and a doctor are watching this midnight movie for the first time in ages. Could the killer be on his way back for more?
In case you don't remember or this review seems overly familiar to you,
you have a great memory and notice that I have indeed reviewed this
movie before. And if your memory isn't so sharp, you can see my
original thoughts on the original cut of this film here
I liked the original cut of the film and thought that despite a few
genre pitfalls and cliches, it was an enjoyable and bloody watch that
paid homage to its slasher roots.
And here we are again, three years later with a new "Killer Cut" of the
film, which I'll do my best to report on. My only issue here is that I
don't have the original cut anymore, so I can't be as specific as I'd
like, so bear with me.The main plot is still more or less the same. The filmmaker is still
locked away in a mental asylum for the film he's made, and manages to
turn the doctor who's attending to him on his side. The whole crew at
the hospital is still torn to shreds and this scene undoubtedly works.
This opening scene feels different and is better realized. In terms of
the main meat of the film, it remains almost exactly the same, from
what I remember.
There are still all kinds of stereotypical characters, like Harley the
rude Gus biker (who really had my in stiches), alongside the two
'anchor' couples, Bridget and Josh (the superficial jerks) and our
heroes Mario and Samantha. Also showing up to get offed are the nerdy
Sully who feels unwanted and knows all about the movie, and the
detective who's eagerly awaiting the arrival of the crazed director,
My criticisms, I think, are still pretty valid. I had originally
complained a bit that the movie should have stayed closer to slasher
roots, rather than becoming a ghost story when it seems most
convenient. On top of that, the killer does still use that unwieldy
hand drill thing, but he undoubtedly still makes good use of it when
the time calls for it. The kills are great, full of gore and nastiness.
Our murderer is still the same killer with the same scary half
skull-mask deal, and he still comes out of the whole Texas
In terms of the things I did notice, I can undoubtedly say that this
movie simply looks and feels like a more professional effort. Some gore
effects have been enhanced (from the looks of things, anyway), as well
as a lot of the other effects. This really helps a lot because some of
my previous criticisms came from poor effects surrounding what I
thought were poor plot decisions (and I'm not talking solely about
gore, but about 'coming out of the film' effects and other such things.
From what I understand, there were some editing decisions made to help
smooth out the film and to be completely honest, I didn't notice a ton
of them. The movie did feel like a far more finished package, but there
wasn't a ton of stuff going on that I pointed out as being super
And yes, the little kid brother in this film still makes me cringe.
Oh, and Rebekah Brandes?...Still super hot.
If you want to get my full opinion of Midnight Movie, check out my
original review here
.. This version is the way the director intended people
to see it and it seems to work a bit better, but I'm not certain it
warrants a full re-release. If you don't have this film, you should
certainly pick up this version of it as it is fully featured and simply
looks and feels better, just don't expect a radically different film.