The Midnight Hour

High school friends unwittingly raise the dead on Halloween night.

 

United States
1985
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Festivity: 
Halloween
Lycanthropy: 
Werewolf
Object: 
Document
Garment
Jewel
Wizards: 
Conjurer
Necromancer
4
The roof is on fire!
7.04
3.04
5.04
5.04
3
3
2
Ambiance
Pace
Plot
This movie is charming because it’s flawed. The creators didn’t bother crediting the artists responsible for their killer soundtrack. We’re talking “In The Midnight Hour”, “Bad Moon Rising” and “Sea of Love”, to name a few. How, exactly, did a TV movie manage to afford these? Writer William Bleich and director Jack Bender, by the way, set out to exceed TV standards and accomplished just that.
They didn’t just minimize violence; they made it stylish when they could and avoided it altogether otherwise. They did that to deliver a comedy, first and foremost. Horror comes second, and then there’s romance. This is a feel-good light-toned horror comedy that starts out the way every movie taking place on Halloween should; with a bunch of teens and a cemetery.
The Midnight Hour is slow and somewhat chaotic. Something probably went wrong between the screenplay and the execution, because we can’t keep up with the character design. We keep trying to figure out who’s who. There are two brilliant scenes worth mentioning: one involves a vampire in a cellar, and the other a ghost in a convertible. That cheerleader is the best damn thing about the movie!
Alternate Titles: 
In the Midnight Hour
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