Midnight (John A. Russo, 1982, USA)
Sunday 16th November at 8pm (18 cert)
The Sallis Benney Theatre (University of Brighton, Grand Parade Building)
Having effectively invented the modern horror movie as the co-author of George A. Romero’s iconic zombie classic Night of the Living Dead (1968), John A. Russo returned to the genre as the director of this grisly backwoods satanic saga. When Nancy (Melanie Verlin) attempts to flee the clutches of her predatory Stepfather (Lawrence Tierney), she unwisely accepts a lift from two college drifters before embarking on a journey that leads the tragic trio into a racist redneck town dominated by macabre satanic cult. While Midnight gained instant notoriety for Tom Savini’s gruesome special effects, it is Russo’s indie style of filmmaking that ultimately gives the film its intelligence and intensity. It is also the film’s examination of rural American racism that ensures that Midnight remains an unsettling piece of 1980s underground cinema.
Screening of Midnight courtesy of Arrow Video