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Top 10 Classic Midnight Movies

Starting in the 70s, late-night showings of non-mainstream and cult films were a staple of independent movie houses. The heyday of the midnight movie faded after the mid-80s with the rise of cable and VCRs and the decline of independent theaters. This list looks at ten of the best Midnight Movies – some of which have previously appeared on Listverse – but it is certainly high time that they made a new appearance.

10

El Topo
1970

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Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surreal spaghetti Western is widely credited with starting the midnight film movement. El Topo played nightly at the Elgin in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood for nine straight months, regularly selling out. It got a standard theatrical release after John Lennon – who reportedly saw it at least three times – convinced Beatle manager Allen Klein to purchase the movie through the ABCKO film company. Lennon and Yoko Ono later provided the financing for Jodorowsky’s film The Holy Mountain (1973).

9

Night of the Living Dead
1968

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Director George Romero launched the modern zombie movie with this film. A group of survivors fend off the dead who have risen and seek human flesh. Romero’s tight budget led to the decision to film in black and white, giving the film a realistic, newsreel appearance. Unlike the nine other entries on this list, Night was a success in its original, mainstream release. It became a midnight movie fixture largely because the original producers forgot to put a copyright notice on the film, allowing it to fall into the public domain.


8

The Harder They Come
1972

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Reggae great Jimmy Cliff stars as an aspiring singer turned outlaw. Thanks to the cast’s strong Jamaican accents, this was one of the few English-language films released with subtitles. The movie was initially marketed by New World Pictures as a blaxploitation film without success. The Harder They Come became a staple on the midnight film circuit and, along with its influential soundtrack album, spurred the growing popularity of reggae music in America.

7

Reefer Madness
1936

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To quote the film’s opening crawl: “The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana is that drug – a violent narcotic – an unspeakable scourge – The Real Public Enemy Number One!” Financed by a church group as an anti-drug morality tale, Reefer Madness gained new life in the 70s as an unintentional comedy.

6

Pink Floyd The Wall
1982

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Based on Pink Floyd’s 1979 album of the same name, The Wall stars Bob Geldof as a troubled, burnt out rock star. Live action and animation by Gerald Scarfe blend in often disturbing, often surreal imagery. Director Alan Parker and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters repeatedly clashed during filming, with Waters complaining the film was too depressing and Parker dismissing the movies as “the most expensive student film ever made.” Despite their misgivings, The Wall went on to be a cult classic. In an odd tribute to the pull exerted by the film, a neo-Nazi group calling itself the Hammerskin Nation adopted a crossed hammer symbol from The Wall as their logo.

5

Freaks
1932

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Circus trapeze artist Cleopatra marries midget Hans, then plots with strongman Hercules to murder Hans for his inheritance. The sideshow performers discover the plot and take violent revenge. Director Tod Browning’s use of real-life sideshow performers (conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, human torso Prince Randian, half-boy Johnny Eck, etc) was controversial. After a disastrous test-screening (one woman threatened to sue MGM, claiming the film caused her to have a miscarriage), the studio cut the film from 90 minutes to just over an hour. Even with the cuts, Freaks was banned in Great Britain for 30 years. Rediscovered by the counterculture, it became a midnight movie staple.


4

Harold and Maude
1971

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This black comedy was one of the first movies by a major studio to find new life on the midnight film circuit after failing commercially in regular release. Death-obsessed 19-year-old Harold (Bud Cort) meets septuagenarian Maude (Ruth Gordon) at a funeral and eventually falls in love. The film ran long enough at Minnesota’s Westgate Theater that Gordon and Cort showed up to celebrate its second anniversary. In 2008, the American Film Institute ranked Harold and Maude as the 9th greatest romantic comedy.

3

Eraserhead
1977

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Director David Lynch’s debut is a surreal horror film with a soundtrack of industrial white noise. Jack Nance stars as Henry Spencer, a factory worker with a newborn mutant child (reportedly created using an embalmed calf fetus). Although it played only on the midnight circuit, Eraserhead attracted attention from a number of Hollywood A-list directors, including Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas and Mel Brooks, who hired Lynch to direct The Elephant Man after seeing the film. At the time of its release, Variety called Eraserhead “a sickening bad-taste exercise.” Thirty years later, the New York Times called it “an amazing, still mysterious work.”


2

Pink Flamingos
1972

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Transvestite actor Divine as Babs Johnson competes for the title of “Filthiest Person Alive.” In the notorious final scene, he clinches it by consuming dog feces – which was definitely not achieved through the magic of special effects. Director/writer John Waters said that his favorite review ran under the headline “Dregs of Human Perversity Draws Weirdo Element.” Some theaters handed out Pink Phlegmingo vomit bags to patrons.

1

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
1975

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Do the Time Warp again for a “sweet transsexual from Transylvania” in this sci-fi musical. Widely acknowledged as the ultimate cult film, diehard Rocky Horror fans would return to the theater week after week. The movie is famous for its audience participation as fans talk back to the screen, dress up as characters from the film, and act out scenes complete with props. Some theaters have been showing the film continuously for over thirty years.

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  • Mark

    The Wall… What a band, what an album…

  • Trigun472

    All great movies, I love this list! A few I haven’t heard of, but will certainly look for now. I’m a huge Pink Floyd fan, especially The Wall. The cartoon scenes in the film are astounding. The Rocky Horror Picture Show must be seen by everyone, no matter how good or bad it may be.

  • Hyla

    Love, love, love Rocky Horror Picture Show! I was 7 when I first saw it and even though it made no sense to me whatsoever at the time, all I wanted in the world was to be Dr. Frank-n-Furter. I thought he was so colourful!! I couldn’t understand why more people didn’t dress like him and break out into spontaneous song. (yes I was odd) :D

    I love lists like these because I always discover something new I’ve never heard of. Freaks is definitely next on my must-see list.

  • PlasmaTwa2

    This is the only time I think I will ever see Pink Flamigoes on a “classic” list…

  • Hyla

    Just out of curiosity, how many listverse readers have seen any of these films in Midnight Screenings??

    I’ve never ventured out but it looks like a lot of fun.

    • neesy

      there is a theater in my area that show Rocky Horror every saturday night. that same theater has shown Pink Flamingos, Eraser Head, El Topo, and i think every movie on this lost plus more, ive seen all of these in that theater, plus all the John Waters(Pink Flamingos, Hairspray) and they show 50s scifi and horror which is always fun. it called The Regency theater. its in Santa Ana, CA

  • Frank

    Sadly they don’t do midnight screenings here in Sweden, or really any display of old movies. Aside from small local filmclubs where one has to buy a membership and tickets to a year worth of films to even get in…

  • Trigun472

    @ #5

    There’s a small small bar that my band plays at a lot with a small theater in the back, every weekend they have a midnight showing. So I’ve seen 9 7 and 1 there. They’re fun!

  • mexecution

    Good list to bad I have not seen these movies at a midnight theater all either through VHS, DVD, or downloaded off the Internet. I like the range of movies chosen for the list

  • indigomoth

    I saw reefer madness at a midnight showing… well, actually it was an all night weird movie festival, so I can’t guarantee that movie was at midnight… but it was close!
    Also the first time I ever saw “Impulse” one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. Course, it was the last one of the night, so maybe I was just sleep deprived but if you enjoy making fun of william shatner as much as I do, I encourage you to watch it.

  • Xian

    The Night of the Living Dead is a real shocker!!! GEORGE ROMERO IS A REAL GENIUS OF HORROR FILMS!!! I really like all his zombie-themed movies.. Hope to see all his films get rank here in LISTVERSE!!!

  • nelia

    Fun list! I’ve seen a couple of these, though not at a midnight showing. Actually, the one real old style midnight showing I’ve been to was Donnie Darko, it was a blast. I will definitely be checking out some of the moves on this list. Though probably not Pink Flamingos…
    (oh hey, neat, you have to sign in if you use the name of a registered user, now people can’t pretend to be you by using your name to make comments. is that new? or have I just not commented in a while?)

  • jajdude

    Reminiscent guns on the list, g – altho da list lacks Cannibal Holocaust, I raise my Bacardi Cranberry Breezer in a manly toast to ya yo

  • jajadude: where have you been? You were sorely missed!

  • beff

    this list is a little lame. all of these have been mentioned on your site before..
    plus it looks like someone went on Wikipedia to get this list…disappointing,

  • Beff: the films are worth repeating :)

  • Cazzazz

    I think that is a spectacular list :) I’ve got the deadline of all deadlines coming up in about two weeks and I reckon a midnight movie marathon may be in order…

    Thanks for the inspiration ChrisF!

  • Peter Breen

    The Blues Brothers played in a Movie House in Dublin Ireland for over a year daily at 11:00pm and was always packed. The Irish love that shit kicking music

  • JUNQUEMAN

    I saw HAROLD AND MAUDE in Paris in 1972. It was dubbed in French of course. First subtitled movie I’ve been able to NOT use the subtitles. My favorite scene, when Mommy gifts him with a new XKE and the next scene he fires up a chain saw and makes a hearse out of it.

  • Late O’Day

    I’d certainly put “Shock Treatment” and “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” and maybe even “Evil Dead” before some of these. But then, I get the distinct impression (mostly from the cribbed Wikipedia passages) that the submitter didn’t actually live through the fad.

  • Rocky Horror is legendary.
    Never have I seen a show where the audience get so into it…

  • J

    This is so weird! Two nights ago me and my friend got permission to start our own little midnight movie thing for the summer. Every Saturday night we’re going to be playing stuff that only we and our collective of nerds would pay to see for the millionth time. We’re starting with El Topo. Rushmore is a great movie to watch at midnight too…

  • Spocker

    What?! No “The Last House on the Left”? And what about Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains the Same”?

  • Cheeshygirl

    Great List! I have to check out a few of these now.

    I’ve been to a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show several times. What a blast! I didn’t dress up but I did bring all the accoutrements I could find. It was probably the most fun I’ve ever had in a movie theater.

  • Rocky Horror, Midnight Showing, June 6, 1985, night of my high school graduation. The biggest, weirdest freak-out I’ve ever been to…and no, I wasn’t drunk or stoned.

  • oouchan

    I have been to 323 showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show to date. I have played Dr Frank-n-Furter in the live production at the Roadhouse Theater in PA. I won tickets to see the 25th anniversary of the RHPS that was being telecast between 4 loctions which was shown live on Fox network. I have seen it in PA, AZ and CA to get different feel to it. The best and longest running movie ever!

    Now…let there be lips!

  • Morbid Angel

    Pink Flamingos is probably the most fucked up movie I ever saw, but boy, did I enjoy every minute of it. Bless John Waters.

  • Anderi

    Uh… Shouldn’t it be “a sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania!”…?

    Ah! Tim Curry! Underrated actor of everything!

  • Anon Emous

    What no Clockwork Orange?

  • TEX.

    Excellent list – had the honor to see most of these in theater, midnight or not.

    One of my favorites, a short film from the midnight movie scene:
    “Un Chien Andalou” (An Andalusian Dog)
    Film by Luis Bunuel, co-written with Salvador Dali
    Bunuel guided Dali through an attempt to capture his surrealism on film, an absolute must see!!

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  • illegal_immigrant

    I am all too – familiar with several of these movies. I am in love with them. I may have to check out the others. Scratch that, I will. I’ve always been a fan of Jimmy Cliff, yet I’ve never seen his movie…
    Nice list.
    I like it.

  • callie_

    Yay John Waters! And his creepy moustache! He’s on the wall at work, along with other famous Baltimore/Maryland people, right next to Michael Phelps. It looks like they’re looking at each other but John looks kind of pervy, like wants Michael out of that wetsuit right that second.

    I’ve never seen the rocky horror picture show but I’ve always wanted to. I never want to just rent it, I really want to go to the whole show experience, but no one else ever does, so I might have to just rent it someday. I’m still holding out though.

  • illegal_immigrant

    Sorry to double post, but I wanted to add that Pink Floyd is quite possibly one of the greatest musical groups to exist on the face of the earth.

    And I constantly wait for the day when zombies rise from the dead and start eating everyone. I’ll be ready. Fuck yeah.

  • let’s not forget “The Big Lebowski!” The dude abides.

  • ChrisF: Great list. However, it’s another list that makes me need to go out and spend money that I don’t have.

  • SoCalJeff

    Great list.

    Of course Rocky Horror Picture Show is number 1, could there be any other? :-)

  • iloveyourwife!

    i personally think your all wrong
    clearly the number 1 should be Rosemarys Baby
    now that is a pure classic if ever there was one

    now eat my cheese……

  • oouchan

    32. illegal_immigrant: Couldn’t agree with you more about Floyd!
    I am also waiting on zombies to rise up. I will be prepared for that day! hehe :D

  • warrrreagl

    I love the list.

    And I just felt obligated to point out that the landmark soundtrack album for “The Harder They Come” was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, using the backup musicians known as The Swampers (immortalized in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”). In other words, the guys playing the music that introduced reggae to America had never even heard any reggae before Jimmy Cliff walked into the studio.

  • TEX.

    From “Night of The Living Dead” – Things that must be known when the Zombies are resurrected again – in the not to distant futre
    (based on a true series of events that was covered up by the Guberment)

    “The true nature of the rash of killings has finally come to light. It isn’t that some unknown force is making people crazy and forcing them to kill, it’s that some unknown force (possibly mysterious radiation brought back from Venus by a returning space probe) has been re-animating the dead and turning them into flesh-eating ghouls. But rest assured that the government is not taking this situation lying down. No sir. The Proper Authorities have discovered that the ZOMBIES CAN BE KILLED BY A SHOT OR A SOLID BLOW TO THE HEAD (“Kill the brain, and you kill the ghoul”), OR THEY CAN BE BURNED TO DEATH (“They go up pretty quick”).”

  • oouchan

    “I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.”

    Brownie points to anyone who can say the line that follows this!

  • illegal_immigrant

    Oouchan: Sorry to get off-topic from the main list… but read the Zombie Survival Guide.

    iloveyourwife!: I went and bought Rosemary’s Baby a week or so ago… Awesome.

    “His power is stronger than stronger!
    His might shall last longer than longer!
    Hail Satan! Hail Adrian!”

  • BloodSuckingLeech

    What about Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains The Same???” (hello Mark:) )

    Everybody knows that the true test of love is to ask how your loved one would react in a zombie attack: Would he trip you so you could escape?

  • BloodSuckingLeech

    Well, that’s what I get for coming on here pre-coffee..the real question is…In a Zombie attack: Would your lover trip YOU so he could escape?

  • oouchan

    41. illegal_immigrant: That is why I am prepared. hehe :)

    As for Rosemary’s Baby…that movie scared the crap outta me when I saw it the first time. It has the chill factor.

  • oouchan

    BloodSuckingLeech: Probably not, but I would! :)
    badum tish!

  • timefillmyeyes

    I absolutely love #1 and #4. They’re both extremely quirky with great music. :)

  • Kreachure

    Awesome list! I knew Rocky Horror was gonna be #1.

    I’ve seen only a few of these, and heard of most of them. But sadly, I haven’t really been in an actual Midnight showing. :(

    How times change…

  • STL Mo

    Aw, yeah!!!!! I was wondering if someone was going to put together a list about these flicks! Nice job, ChrisF.

    Second or third time I went to a Rocky Horror screening (late 80s), we had a newbie with us. He was a real small guy, too. Early in the picture, he turns around to the two heavy-set biker-looking dudes behind us and goes “Shhhh!!” My friend Joe was quick to explain he didn’t quite grasp the “audience participation” aspects yet.

  • Joe13

    Evil Dead 2 (Dead by Dawn), Bruce Campbell’s tour de force is good at midnight. Also, you people who won’t go to the movies alone, these midnight movies are very social events, especially Rocky Horror. So, just go. You’ll be laughing and talking with every one around you.

  • Wow, this brings back some nice memories. Nice list ChrisF. The only ones I thought of that were not on the list (at at my old local theatre) are Clock Work Orange (as Anon Emous (28) mentioned) and O Lucky Man. Both are Malcolm McDowell movies and they were usually shown together as a double feature.

  • Handrejka

    Always great to see Harold and Maude get a mention. I love Rocky Horror as well.

  • 40. oouchan: “I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.”
    ****
    Whatever happened to Fay Wray ,
    That delicate satin-draped frame ,
    As it clung to her thigh ,
    How I started to cry ,
    ‘Cause I wanted to be dressed just the same.

  • oouchan

    52. segue: “I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.” How strange was it?!

    “It was great when it all began
    I was a regular Frankie fan
    But it was over when he had the plan
    To start a-working on a muscle man
    Now the only that gives me hope
    Is my love for a certain dope
    Rose tints my world keeps me safe from my trouble and pain.”

  • Drat the cat, oouchan! Mine is *much* stranger than yours…or maybe I’m only stranger…been a very, *very* strange week.

  • Shawno

    What, no Heavy Metal?

  • oouchan

    54. segue: hahaha! I liked the “drat the cat” part.

    55. Shawno: Completly forgot about that movie! Thanks for reminding me.

    By the way, has anyone seen “B. C. Rocks”? Not sure if that one made it to a midnight showing but it would fit perfectly!

  • Great list ChrisF. I friend of mine asked me to get Freaks for him not so long ago, but I was too disquieted about it to watch it myself. The are many more disturbing movies out there, in know, but there was something uneasy about it I didn’t like.

    El Topo – Is on it’s way to me as we speak. Thanks for the heads up.

    The Wall – yeah, it is dark and moody. Some parts are unforgettable; which saves me the urge to see it again. ;)

    And then there was the RHPS. God! Some guys (but mainly gals) go berserk over this movie. I can see why, must definitely be aimed at teens mostly. The songs are catchy and there is fun to be had. Wasn’t Meatloaf in that film?

    As for the omissions, there are many, but then it’s a huge field out there. I’m still waiting for someone to blog in the style of Elvira.. :P

  • BongoShaftsbury

    I’m guessing by this list, the author is about my age and has a similar cultural backround. Except for Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pink Floyd, I’ve seen all of these at midnight screenings. Freaks and Harold & Maude are great movies, the others are an acquired taste.

  • oouchan

    57. Lifeschool: Yes, Meatloaf was in the film. He played Eddie. :)

  • sikamikanica

    I may the first to say this, but I fell asleep during the Rocky Horror Picture show. To be fair, I was really tired and enjoyed what I did get to see, and my dreams were really odd.

  • samanthaf63

    LOVE THIS LIST! We’re going to want a few more of these…

    and how about mainstream movies that became big cult hits, such as “Tommy”?

  • smithstar15

    Actually I believe the birth of “Midnight Movies” was at a theater in LA in the early 1960’s —
    Whatever,I would add theae as pretty good films:

    “Mondo Cane”
    “Waiting For Lefty”
    “La Dolce Vita”
    “Waiting For Godot”

  • Moloch

    Oh God… THANK YOU TRHPS made #1!!

    I’ve also scene “The Wall”, “Night of the Living Dead”, and “Freaks”, or most of Freaks. Freaks was on Monstrous.com for a while, and I watched it on their server, unfortunately, the server crashed, and I was never able to finish watching it before it got yanked – probably for copyright violations.

    I have to say that the best one in my opinion really is TRHPS, followed very closely by The Wall. I actually own both a VHS and a DVD copy of TRHPS, but sadly cannot find a local vendor for The Wall…

    Thanks for the great memories brought on by posting the lyrics you guys!!

  • Looser

    never seen any of these… which makes it an awesome list! sweet!!!!! love this website

  • Druferman

    In Houston, the big midnight attractions were “The Wall”, “Dawn of the Dead” & “Highlander”.

    “Hi. I’m Candy.”
    “Of course you are.”

  • suortin

    Awesome list. Rocky horror definitely deserves its place at the top! My favourite of all these has to be Eraserhead though. A theater near me still plays classic films at night and some of these pop up up now and then!

    Oh and try this link to mybrute its a fun flash game!

    http://suortin.mybrute.com

  • msulli222

    It is one of my life goals to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show in a theater. Haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I will, at some point. I still remember that one of my babysitters brought it with her and turned it on after I was in bed… or was supposed to be in bed, anyway. She was from France, and she turned it off in complete bewilderment a little after Tim Currey showed up in the movie, for obvious reasons. However, I had seen enough, and as soon as I was old enough to get away with seeing it on my own (13), I went looking for “the movie with the lips”. No one had any idea what I was talking about.

  • timefillmyeyes

    I’m really glad that Harold and Maude made the list because the music from the movie is all by Cat Stevens. I made my screen name yesterday and based it off of two Cat Steven’s songs. They’re not from the movie, but I think it’s still a wonderful coincidence. :)

  • POTSW

    I think even (or specially) for todays standards, Eraserhead remains a quite challenging film. And a very good one at that.

  • POTSW

    Typo: today’s

  • diogenes eye

    I guess the fist with the stamp had to be plunged down eventually. Nothing new here, as The Ten have already been historicalfied into the books, which seals the “classic” stature or the known nom de plume or raison d’etre or whatever the hell the cultured french have elevated “the art of transvestite eating dog shit” into.

  • Cedestra

    25. oouchan: Holy frijole! That’s a lot of RHPS!

    I’ve only seen Rocky Horror at a showing that was quasi-midnight. Curious, though, do midnight showings mean “showed a midnight” or do they mean strong audience participation?

  • illegal_immigrant

    Moloch: I have the exact same problem, except it’s the other way around… which, I suppose, means it’s not the exact same problem after all.
    I’ve got the Wall, but I have never seen the Rocky Horror Picture show for sale ANYWHERE. Guess that’s why Al Gore took the initiative of creating the internet.

  • Mom424

    I’ve done RHPS at midnight – absolutely a great time. I agree with whomever said that Tim Curry is under-rated; he can sing, he can dance, and he plays creepy guys really, really, well.

    Another great midnight movie – Heavy Metal. Absolutely amazing music, animation and story line. Highly recommended.

  • oouchan

    72. Cedestra: Both. Where I live, they show it twice. Once at 9 and the other at midnight. You can pay one price and stay for both shows. The 2nd showing has the 2 music videos that Tim Curry did. (btw, he is my all time favorite actor!)

  • BooRadley

    Wow, oouchan, you’ve done WAY more RHPS than I have! In the 80’s, we used to go to the bars on Friday nights, then all meet at the midnight movie for RHPS. It was a blast! We’d all carry bags full of toast, rice, etc. and shout out the lines… I miss that!

    We also had a tiny indie filmhouse (so small that the bathrooms were behind the screen) where I saw The Harder They Come, Harold and Maude, Reefer Madness, and lots of other great films. They introduced me to the Marx Brothers, for which I will be eternally garateful!

  • oouchan

    74. Mom424: He is my favorite actor because of all of the stuff he can do! He has to be the best at playing the bad guy. Like the devil in “Legend”, Pennywise in “IT” and Cardinal Richelieu in “The Three Musketeers”.

    76. BooRadley: Just to put that to shame…my brother is somewhere in the 700’s. I got to celebrate with one of the guys I used to go with his 1500 show. I really don’t have that much time now or money! :)

  • chapman

    id like to see clockwork orange on this aswell, :).

  • I4gotmyMantra

    some great movies from the 70s

  • Fox

    I loved eraserhead, particularly because of how the title is explained :D

  • Mabel

    5. Hyla –

    I’ve only seen Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Wall at midnight screenings (I generally avoid them because of the raucous crowds). I have seen Reefer Madness on the Late Late Show, if that counts!

    Eraserhead freaked me out. The baby was FREAKY. It took three hours after I saw it for me to figure he movie out. I was like “Whaaaat?!” then three hours later, I went “OH NOW I GET IT!” LOL!

  • Carole

    When I was in high school I worked at KFC next to a cheapo theater. I hated Saturday nights and the Rocky Horror nut cases My own brother showing up in drag, wearing a corset black cape,and red lipstick !

  • TEX.

    81. Mabel
    The “baby” was an aborted lamb fetus.

  • Moloch

    Illegal_Immigrant – I got my DVD copy of TRHPS at WAL-MART of all places, and UNcensored at that! If you have a large four year college or University nearby, check the smaller record or CD stores, especially the ones who sell the used stuff, for a copy, that’s how I got my VHS copy.

  • As a member of the local Rocky Horror cast, I fully support this list. =) Although it’s not really just a midnight showing, it’s a full shadow cast performance.

    http://www.comeagainplayers.org/

  • Moloch

    Yeah, The Rialto Theater on Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh, NC does a live show every Friday night at midnight, and has for ohh. ten years at least. It still does to my knowledge as well, in case anyone is interested. Last I heard, tickets were $5.

  • Moloch: Chances are I know you. I’ve got more than five hundred shows at the Rialto. Over the past 10 years. I’ve been slack whatever. Too much drama now.

  • Moloch

    Crimanon – Seriously?! Do you remember the big fat guy with the bald head and goatie who always came with Brandon, Zack, and little Matt…

  • Sounds like Jamie (After party Jamie). Do you remember a guy who had his hat steel plated and did the Hippie Hole parties?

  • I keep getting Malware warnings. Is this a new site improvment? Malware?

  • Moloch

    Crim – Nah, I ain’t Jamie, lol. Though I WAS at Bones’ housewarming party… I was the guy who passed out with his head in the trashcan.

  • So you know Bones. Abrams, Rob, Jes? Were you at the Toga party?

  • Moloch

    No, but I heard about it, lol. I remember Rob and Jes, if by Jes you mean little scrawny Jessica, with the quiet voice who was dating Ian for forever… I also remember Blaiz, Jazz, Chaz, Jazz’s little brother… Lemme go find you on the Forum here man, so that we can take this off the comment boards before we get in trouble, lol…

  • Henry Zellman

    The Wall was the first R rated movie I ever saw. Some friends and I snuck in when we were only 15 at the time. When we left the theater I said “Wow, that was powerful!” Then my friends gave me a quizzical look and I admited “ok, what the hell was that?” Only after repeated viewings and chemical assistance did I come to fully appreciate this piece of art.

  • Kase

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the most fun you’ll ever have at a movie theater..

  • Klingon

    Freaks was an awesome movie.

  • So odd that this list springs up not even hours after I get off the stage doing a true Science Fiction Double Feature as my crews shadowcasted both Repo! The Genetic Opera followed by Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was a long day to say the least.

  • nova_caine

    Rocky Horror is definitely one of the best movies ever!

  • Chuck

    Not a very original list. Most of the material from this list was covered in Midnight Movies including the material used in each item’s description.

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  • crimanon

    AH! The new advertisements are Talking To Me! Scared the crap out of me.

  • salepo

    My son and i just discovered a local drive-in that does midnight screenings-I took him to one last fall to see Night of the Living Dead (his first time seeing the movie).The drive in even had the movie on the original reel to reel.We’re looking forward to this season.

  • Snowflake

    My mom is OBSESSED with RHPS. She took me to see the Broadway version of it..when I was eleven days old. I live in Portland, so needless to say-it still runs every Saturday at midnight in about ten theaters here.Its weird because my mom knows all of the things to yell out and when to yell them and does it even when she watches it at home. She even does the Time Warp with the tv. Lol not bad for a deaf woman

  • hkdarness

    Love Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you haven’t gone to a midnight screening of it I highly recommend it!!!! It’s soo much fun!!!! Great list!!

  • kweng

    hehe.. pink flamingos is also included in the second disturbing movie list. and it’s final scene was waaayyy gross

  • kofeelite

    “Do you want to take a bath?”

  • kennypo65

    (Is it true you molest children?)
    “It’s true, there were dark storm clouds”
    (describe Tina Turner’s breasts)
    “heavy, black and pendulous”

  • bassbait

    I say A clockwork Orange would have gone good on here…

  • Kayleigh

    I always watch those movies at night when else do
    you watch them???? Love rocky horror picture show!!!!!
    All the rest come 2nd!!!!!!!

  • Roger Knights

    Typo in #6– change to “movie” in:

    “Parker dismissing the movies as …”

  • meggie

    rocky horror picture show sucks. Period.

    • FlatEric

      Yes it does if you watch it alone.

  • LIQUID SKY (1982) is the last of the genuine, classic-era midnight films (at least it was here in NYC).

  • n2music

    Anyone remember a film titled "10,000 Motels? Music film by Frank Zappa and the Mothers.
    Great midnight memories!

  • Who's your daddy

    Heavy Metal should be included. Awesome animation, kick ass soundtrack and a good story. Where I grew up, they would switch between Heavy Metal and Rocky Horror monthly.

    Good times.

  • robinson

    iwishtoseeahotmoviethisnight

  • Kou

    Ooooohhhhh yeeeeea for Rocky Horror, still plays in certain theaters

  • corwinorr

    I love every one of these movies EXCEPT Pink Flamingos. It was too gross and stupid for me.

  • Sir Steven

    John Waters and his “films” should be stricken from the universe. The film stock he wasted could have been used by someone to make a great film.

  • Julie Johnson

    Harold and Maude is one of the sweetest films I’ve ever seen. As a young person, I saw love through Harolds eyes and now that I’m in my fifties I can see love through the eyes of Maude. It truely doesn’t matter who you love so long as you love. Thank you Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort .

  • gman

    You forgot the best of all ” Heavy Metal”!!!!

  • All great choices. A couple of others might be Coonskin and Fritz the Cat (both by Ralph Bakshi) and Lemon Sky.

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