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Eraserhead to Blue Velvet to The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Harold and Maude—midnight movies keep you up way past your bedtime, whether you’re curled up on the couch or in a theater full of like-minded enthusiasts. They invoke responses ranging from “Why am I watching this?” to “I can’t believe I’m watching this!” In this collection of 37 essays drawn from his revered Cu Eraserhead to Blue Velvet to The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Harold and Maude—midnight movies keep you up way past your bedtime, whether you’re curled up on the couch or in a theater full of like-minded enthusiasts. They invoke responses ranging from “Why am I watching this?” to “I can’t believe I’m watching this!” In this collection of 37 essays drawn from his revered Cult Movies series, cult film specialist Danny Peary examines, dissects, defends, and exalts midnight movies from his unique and engaging perspective. His writing is a cornerstone of the cult film culture that continues to flourish today. New to this ebook series are Danny Peary’s cult movie checklists for each genre. Every midnight movie fan will walk away with newly discovered gems to watch, and a newfound appreciation of his or her favorites.


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Eraserhead to Blue Velvet to The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Harold and Maude—midnight movies keep you up way past your bedtime, whether you’re curled up on the couch or in a theater full of like-minded enthusiasts. They invoke responses ranging from “Why am I watching this?” to “I can’t believe I’m watching this!” In this collection of 37 essays drawn from his revered Cu Eraserhead to Blue Velvet to The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Harold and Maude—midnight movies keep you up way past your bedtime, whether you’re curled up on the couch or in a theater full of like-minded enthusiasts. They invoke responses ranging from “Why am I watching this?” to “I can’t believe I’m watching this!” In this collection of 37 essays drawn from his revered Cult Movies series, cult film specialist Danny Peary examines, dissects, defends, and exalts midnight movies from his unique and engaging perspective. His writing is a cornerstone of the cult film culture that continues to flourish today. New to this ebook series are Danny Peary’s cult movie checklists for each genre. Every midnight movie fan will walk away with newly discovered gems to watch, and a newfound appreciation of his or her favorites.

30 review for Cult Midnight Movies: Discover the 37 Best Weird, Sleazy, Sexy, and Crazy Good Cinema Classics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lynx

    I recently read and reviewed Danny Peary's Cult Horror Movies and I feel like that review pretty much sums up my thoughts on this one as well. Awesome selection of films, ranging from obvious to very obscure with great essays and interesting facts in each chapter. Great film read! *Obtained through Netgalley for an honest review* I recently read and reviewed Danny Peary's Cult Horror Movies and I feel like that review pretty much sums up my thoughts on this one as well. Awesome selection of films, ranging from obvious to very obscure with great essays and interesting facts in each chapter. Great film read! *Obtained through Netgalley for an honest review*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Books such as this, where an author highlights selected films (or albums, or games, or whatever) are always going to rely on the reader having more than a nodding interest in the selected works and the writer having more than just a basic knowledge of the underpinning subject. If neither are present then all one has is a collection of blog posts that can be passed over blithely. Thankfully Peary's 'Cult Midnight Movies' is a very good effort that meets both criteria. The films he has selected are Books such as this, where an author highlights selected films (or albums, or games, or whatever) are always going to rely on the reader having more than a nodding interest in the selected works and the writer having more than just a basic knowledge of the underpinning subject. If neither are present then all one has is a collection of blog posts that can be passed over blithely. Thankfully Peary's 'Cult Midnight Movies' is a very good effort that meets both criteria. The films he has selected are a relatively esoteric group, though he does have a penchant for movies of the 1960s and 1970s (perhaps due to the prolific production of cult films during those decades). There are some obvious choices ('The Rocky Horror Picture Show', 'Glen or Glenda', 'Last Tango in Paris') and some that are definitely out of left field ('El Topo', 'Cafe Flesh', 'Ms 45'). Peary's articles on each film are cogent critical discussions that provoke the reader to think about those movies he or she has seen, or pique one's curiosity if unseen, and most importantly the essays don't pull apart each film to the point of redundancy. Peary's prose is mostly clear and easy to read, though at times it could be said he boxes a little too clever for anyone other than film fanatics. It is to be commended that he brings much of his own personal stories and emotions to each film discussion; movies, and especially those that are worthy of being called cult movies, need to evoke strong feelings of attachment, nostalgia, passion. After all, why would anyone want to sit through 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls' for example if one doesn't want to really engage with the unique cinematic values of its director Russ Meyer? That Peary is critical of Meyer than perhaps other film fans or writers may be is of interest. Conversely, and as one who has had a long interest in the life and work of Ed Wood, Peary makes an intriguing argument for the intellectual artistry of that legendary Z-Grade director's work. Probably the highest praise I can give Peary and this book is that where he writes about films I have seen he makes telling arguments that may confirm or conflict with my opinions. As for those films I've not seen his discussion of the movie makes me curious to see them. Like a great degustation menu or a compilation album 'Cult Midnight Movies' offers a range of items that supports a theme, and each one of those provide an impetus for further enjoyment. In conclusion I have no qualms in recommending Peary's book to anyone who is a film fan with a penchant for the left-of-centre, the slightly obscure and the challenging. It might not be the most helpful entry point for those new to cult films (though there is a very extensive list of suggested titles in the appendix), however for dedicated lovers of weird and wonderful cinematic art it's a real page turner.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Cult Midnight Movies: Discover the 37 Best Weird, Sleazy, Sexy, and Crazy Good Cinema Classics' by Danny Peary is an interesting overview of some cult classics, but the book could use some updating. Every film includes a list of the stars, a synopsis, some stills from the film and Danny Peary's assessment of the film. The book has the classics like Easy Rider and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Eraserhead and Harold and Maude are included. There are films included that I wasn't familiar with like Gre 'Cult Midnight Movies: Discover the 37 Best Weird, Sleazy, Sexy, and Crazy Good Cinema Classics' by Danny Peary is an interesting overview of some cult classics, but the book could use some updating. Every film includes a list of the stars, a synopsis, some stills from the film and Danny Peary's assessment of the film. The book has the classics like Easy Rider and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Eraserhead and Harold and Maude are included. There are films included that I wasn't familiar with like Greetings and Ms. 45. I had a couple issues with the book. There are quite a few films the author doesn't actually seem to like. The inclusion of films that have fallen off the radar tells me this is an older book, and the lack of films from the late 1980s on would confirm this. There is an appendix that includes newer films like The Room. I have seen a number of these. Some at midnight, some in art houses. Some of them hold up a bit better than others. It's an interesting collection if you are looking for something offbeat to watch. I received a review copy of this ebook from Workman Publishing Company and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Shulman

    Not a bad book It might benefit from some updating to add other cult movies. But in general this was an enjoyable reminder of a youth spent watching many, if not most, of the films discussed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David

    If you've read Peary's "Cult Movies" books you'll recognise a lot of these essays (and screenshots). If you've read Peary's "Cult Movies" books you'll recognise a lot of these essays (and screenshots).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review This book is a collection of 37 movies that could only be categorized as true cult movies, the subtext being the best weird, sleazy, sexy and crazy. The author gives very in-depth detail of the top movies in this genre. He includes, not only the details of the movies, his opinions no the movies, but also information on the actors, the making of the movies, the stories behind them, and also sorts of info. I'm a huge movie fan. I lov **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review This book is a collection of 37 movies that could only be categorized as true cult movies, the subtext being the best weird, sleazy, sexy and crazy. The author gives very in-depth detail of the top movies in this genre. He includes, not only the details of the movies, his opinions no the movies, but also information on the actors, the making of the movies, the stories behind them, and also sorts of info. I'm a huge movie fan. I love watching off-beat movies that would be considered cult favorites. However, I had only heard of some of the movies in this book, like John Waters' Pink Flamingos with the late great Divine, and had only watched one or two of them. This book gave me some great ideas for movies to try to track down. I would recommend it for anyone that loves these kinds of movies.

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