Celebrating Midnight Cult Movies

Movie Geeks United celebrates midnight cult movies with Stuart Samuels, the director of the documentary ‘Midnight Movies: From the Margins to the Mainstream’, and Ben Barenholtz, who opened the Elgin Cinema in NY and supported the emergence of artists like David Lynch with ‘Eraserhead’.

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    December 4, 2014

    His books is in my personal collection. It sticks to the more obvious choices and was not as extensive as Danny Peary's three volume Cult Movies which totally altered by mainstream perception of movies. Most of the films I was aware of but would not actually see for some time afterward but they seldom disappointed me. Seeing Eraserhead on VHS (not the best format) was an experience I think I saw this documentary a couple years ago. It is a good introduction to anyone wanting to know about the origins of this "movement" but it added nothing new to my own knowledge. It is better to read the books mentioned above for a deeper look at these odd films that would find no acceptance in the mainstream world and had to create their own exclusive little niche clubs of devoted loyalists. They're not all great but they are the work of people who wanted to go beyond what was accepted as normal. It seems as if they golden era of cult movies is over and those labeled as such (The Room , Birdemic, or Sharknado) don't seem to be in the same class as Eraserhead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Repo Man, El Topo, Harold and Maude, or even Plan 9 From Outer Space. They are dumb movies made for dumb people with none of the imgination of those mentioned. I could have mentioned Rocky Horror Picture Show but in my opinion it is vastly overrated.

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