Fun book, butI love you, Jonathan Rosenbaum, but C line and Julie Go Boating as the ideal midnight movie, really Wonderful insight into a different era of movie going. While I was expecting some sort of compilation of culty campy films, this book readslike a New York centered history of midnight screenings and cult successes from the 1960s to early 1980s Key films discussed some given their own chapters include Rocky Horror Picture Show , El Topo , Night of the Living Dead , Pink Flamingos , Eraserhead , The Harder They Come , Performance , Freaks , Beyond the Valley of the Dolls , Chelsea Girls , other films by Warhol, Paul Morrissey, Dere While I was expecting some sort of compilation of culty campy films, this book readslike a New York centered history of midnight screenings and cult successes from the 1960s to early 1980s Key films discussed some given their own chapters include Rocky Horror Picture Show , El Topo , Night of the Living Dead , Pink Flamingos , Eraserhead , The Harder They Come , Performance , Freaks , Beyond the Valley of the Dolls , Chelsea Girls , other films by Warhol, Paul Morrissey, Derek Jarman, Anger, Brakhage, etc.While I m into a lot of shit like this anyway all though I never really cared much for Rocky Horror and have a hard time with a lot of John Watersand I haven t seen Pink Flamingos I think the authors have created a really fascinating read not only about the timeline of events, but the religious ritualistic elements inherent in multiple viewings of a film almost like a catholic mass , and how the counterculture, punk, homosexuality, drugs, gory comics, and even the election of Reagan all contributed to the legacy of these films I liked every chapter even when the main subject was a film I didn t care for much, with the exception of the very last chapter which is a dialogue between the two authors and serves little purpose but to be redundant and seemingly pretentious A fun read, but it starts to wear on you after a fashion Despite being a book about midnight cult films, they spend a lot of time trashing on horror, which makes little sense Well, certain horror They hold Eraserhead in high regard, but anything bloody is beneath them Weird The final chapter, a conversation, should be skipped it s like listening to two, insufferable film buffs who want to prove how cool they are talk about the weird parties screenings they went to Not particularly usef A fun read, but it starts to wear on you after a fashion Despite being a book about midnight cult films, they spend a lot of time trashing on horror, which makes little sense Well, certain horror They hold Eraserhead in high regard, but anything bloody is beneath them Weird The final chapter, a conversation, should be skipped it s like listening to two, insufferable film buffs who want to prove how cool they are talk about the weird parties screenings they went to Not particularly useful or interesting to anyone but themselves, I wager I would like to see this cult film that was just a director in his living room playing with props that I saw one night Okay, that s not a film We get it you hung out in the living room of this director So what Exhaustive and well researched, the authors clearly have not only an affinity but a respect for the subject matter It is about farthan just the movies themselves They delve into the before and after history of the films, profiling the people who make and the people who consume. A great history on the midnight movie scene My copy was published in 1991, so it doesn t have anything on newer cult films like The Room and Troll 2, but it does give an excellent overview of what was happening in the 60s and why directors like Kenneth Anger and Jack Smith were important to this secret world of film that was developing Rocky Horror gets the most coverage here, and given that the first edition of this book came out in the early 80s it makes sense that a phenomenon like that w A great history on the midnight movie scene My copy was published in 1991, so it doesn t have anything on newer cult films like The Room and Troll 2, but it does give an excellent overview of what was happening in the 60s and why directors like Kenneth Anger and Jack Smith were important to this secret world of film that was developing Rocky Horror gets the most coverage here, and given that the first edition of this book came out in the early 80s it makes sense that a phenomenon like that would get the most attention, but at times it starts to drag and get tiring It also has interesting information on the scant number of punk films that I d never heard of until reading this book Passion is contagious An amazingly detailed and fascinating account of the midnight movies phenomena Almost like we re there, rolling a joint, waiting for EL TOPO to come up on the screen as the clock announces midnight. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eraserhead, The Night of the Living Dead, Pink Flamingos, The Harder They Come, Freaks, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, King of Hearts, Harold and Maude,Motels, Reefer Madness, Flaming Creatures are just a few of the thanfilms covered in Midnight Movies, the first complete and authoritative guide to this fascinating sub cultural phenomenon Here you ll meet John Waters, Divine, and their friends, The Filthiest People Alive Tim Curry, cult superstar of Rocky Horror George Romero, master of the frightening and infamous Living Dead as well as all other men and women behind the scenes and the stars of the midnight limelight Here are the plots of the most important films, the histories of their creation, and the people responsible for making movies midnight the fans themselves, about , of whom attend screenings each week in cities around the world Here are movies made for nothing that make millions, studio releases that bomb in regular theaters and zoom at midnight screenings, film fanatics that see the same picture again and again and again Midnight Movies is the entire inside story of movies that can only be shown at midnight The Book starts off dry as hell, and slowly picks up steam once you get into the chapter on El Topo It is a hell of a reference guide if you grin and bear the first 76 pages. My bible as a budding young high school cinephile The pages of my copy are covered with dark burgundy and brown lipstick kisses, from when I used to use it as a blotter Ahh, youth.