Midnight is a silver screen adaptation of the novel that was written by the film's director John Russo. The story is about a teenage girl named Nancy who's feeling self doubt about herself and her faith in the Roman Catholicism. One day her creepy drunk stepfather (Lawrence Tierney) gets a little too friendly with her and she gets fed up with his constant inebriated behavior, conks him over the head and runaways from home. On the road, after a nasty encounter with a driver, she hitches a ride with two college kids driving back to school in Florida. The trio travel the back roads of Pennsylvania, shop lifting and getting into trouble with some unfriendly locals until they run across the paths of a very twisted and murderous family. Can the three kids make to Florida? Will Nancy's faith be put to the test? How scary is this movie? To find watch Midnight!
I really enjoyed this movie despite the low budget and lack of big name actors, the special effects from Tom Savini and decent acting from the cast makes this one a low budget gem. Fans of old school horror will want to check this one out. I was surprised by how much House of 1,000 Corpses was inspired by this film. John Russo also manages to create some interesting characters and dialog. His directing isn't bad and he keeps the movie going at a nice leisurely pace. A straight-to-video sequel was released in 1993 called Midnight 2: Sex, Death and Videotape.
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