Midnight Matinee


by Tuna

We watch a young couple sneak into a shed, have sex, and then someone breaks in and kills the boy. Another couple was spying on them. The second girl looks at her boyfriend, who is now shown in a theater seat, with a knife through his neck. Murder number one is in a film - a movie within a movie. Murder two is real.

Cut to two years later. The theater is about to reopen with a horror festival. The new cop in town, Ron White, is besieged with letters asking him not to allow it. We are introduced to numerous suspects, including the bad boy who is in love with the daughter of the female projectionist, the sister to the girl whose boyfriend was murdered, the theater owner's gay "friend," a weird kid who works in the theater and wants the girl, the girls' father - a successful director introducing his new film for the festival, an obnoxious newsman who has a history with the cop, etc. People start dying, and we are able to cross them off the suspect list.

Midnight Matinee (1990) is a Canadian film made for cable. It is positioned as a horror film but at its heart is really a murder mystery. There isn't that much gore in that the murders are off camera, and there is very little terror or suspense, so those who expect a horror film will rate it low, as IMDb readers did.  On the other hand, if a B-movie whodunit is your idea of fun, this one will entertain you.

Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


As a murder mystery, it's recommended for genre buffs only. It would be a D (not recommended at all) as a horror film.


Angela Dohrmann, in the film within the film, shows breasts and buns in a scene that mimics Friday the 13th shot for shot.


It was originally to be titled Matinee, but the name was changed to avoid confusion with the great John Goodman film by that name.)





Made for cable.


4.3 IMDB summary (of 10)
Midnight Matinee DVD (1990) It is available from RLDVDs.com in English in a Region 2 PAL. Click on the image to the right  for ordering info.