Live Poll: Midnight Movie Phenomena

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The screening of nonmainstream pictures at midnight was aimed at building a cult film audience, encouraging repeat viewing and social interaction in what was originally a countercultural setting. The movie generally recognized as igniting the theatrical midnight film movement is El Topo (1970), which opened in December 1970 at the Elgin Theatre in New York City.

From 1974 the midnight screening phenomenon was spreading around the country. Midnight screenings of the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) became a national sensation in 1976, amassing a cult following all over the United States. Where the social aspect had always been a part of the midnight movie's attraction, with Rocky Horror in an exaggerated way it became the attraction. Broad social and economic shifts weakened the countercultural base and leading midnight movie venues were beginning to fold as 1977. (Source: Wikipedia)

If you could go back to the '70s and experience one of these midnight movie screenings, which movie would you choose?

My list: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020895046/
Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/Wsd8QunsnVA/
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Posted 2 years ago

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We still have 2 'Midnight Movie' theaters in my town (3 if you count the one that shows some obscure foreign films besides the 'Indies') and they seem to be doing just fine.

As for your list, none really. I have seen a few of them already and the rest I have no interest in.

Good suggestion though.


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You and I are often on the same wavelength, I think. I recently saw a documentary about this and was going to suggest a poll about these films and this phenomenon, and I've thought this before about other suggestions of yours. So, of course, I really like a lot of your suggestions, including this one. :-) (Other times, I haven't had the same thought but love your ideas, such as your underdog polls.)

For the films themselves, probably Eraserhead. Maybe Night of the Living Dead or Harold & Maude. But for the whole social and cultural phenomenon, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Ah, the 70's in NYC: it must have been something. 
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I guess you saw Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005). Indeed, it really must have been something. Nowadays, with Netflix and all, we can't imagine this subculture. It must have been a very special experience.

Really cool that you're noticing my polls! And thanks for the big complement! Sorry that I'm before you. Because we are on the same wavelength, I know you will get new great ideas :)
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Live Poll:  http://www.imdb.com/poll/Wsd8QunsnVA/?ref_=po_ho Applause, applause...
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Thanks! Which movie did you choose?
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I chose Equinox, knowing that it would be way down in the list of poll results. My favorite films in the list are Harold & Maude and Night of the Living Dead. But because I own copies of them, and have seen each many times, I'd be less inclined to go out and pay for a midnight showing of them. I've only seen Equinox once, and I don't own it. Plus, it seems like the kind of 'fun' film that I wouldn't mind being in an audience of other people who want to cheer and talk about how clever the low-budget film-makers were at achieving the cool looking special effects. As of when I voted, only one other person chose this film. I think I wouldn't mind meeting that person.
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Dude--I have been following midnight movies since I was a kid in the 70's and they ran them at the Metro and the Old Movie House --Now I show them myself at the Uptown.  Midnight Movies were a very big part of Rock Culture, and all of them have a vaguely cerebral Rock edge (Some of them ARE concert pics!)--Anyway, these are the ones that I have seen put on since the 70's in three or four markets around the western USA--https://www.imdb.com/list/ls003252541/?sort=release_date,desc&st_dt=&mode=detail&page=1--They are still playing in a few markets, for example a theater in Provo, UT has been running them since '76; and "The Room" by Wiseau is in no way at all a midnight movie. If anyone tells you it is, smack them.