Midnight Movie Massacre

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

An exercise in creative recycling, this lowbrow comedy, which was shot in 1984 but not released until four years later, was built around a never-aired parody of old-fashioned science fiction movie serials. Set in 1956, it begins as a projectionist threads up the latest installment of "Space Patrol" while his radio broadcasts reports of a flying saucer over...read more

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An exercise in creative recycling, this lowbrow comedy, which was shot in 1984 but not released until four years later, was built around a never-aired parody of old-fashioned science fiction movie serials. Set in 1956, it begins as a projectionist threads up the latest installment of "Space Patrol" while his radio broadcasts reports of a flying saucer over Long Beach, Calif., and patrons drift into their local bijou for some midnight movie thrills. As the projectionist threads "Space Patrol" — which stars B-movie icons Robert Clarke, of THE HIDEOUS SUN DEMON, and the original WAR OF THE WORLDS' Ann Robison — the radio airs reports of a flying saucer sighting over Long Beach, and of a dog-eating alien that smells like tuna. Meanwhile, patrons arrive and buy their tickets, including a hot-to-trot young couple, a large housewife and her scrawny husband, a cowboy and his girlfriend, an amply endowed young woman and three thugs. Once the movie begins, the hungry alien lands on the theater, makes its way inside and begins gorily eating its way through the patrons. Not clever, not funny and not scary.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: An exercise in creative recycling, this lowbrow comedy, which was shot in 1984 but not released until four years later, was built around a never-aired parody of old-fashioned science fiction movie serials. Set in 1956, it begins as a projectionist threads… (more)

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