Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time Part I – Midnight Madness is the first installation of the three part Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time. Part one of this series focuses on Midnight Movies such as Point Break, Harold and Maude, and The Naked Kiss. Interviews with filmmakers, film critics, actors and musicians bring a hefty amount of perspective to the titles explored during the 105-minute runtime.
Midnight Madness works well with being informative about filmmaking and film history. It’s a great learning point for aspiring film students who want to be professors, critics or filmmakers. What makes Midnight Madness so effective is that, while there are a lot of movies talked about, each of them gets a respectable amount of time and care put into their segments. Aside from hearing pieces about troubles some films may have had with distribution and ratings from critics and authors, it’s really cool to get archives and interviews from the creators and actors of films like Coffy and The Decline of Western Civilization.
Another neat aspect of Midnight Madness is how well it balances scenes from the films it’s teaching its audience about with the interviews. It's easy to get your fill of clips - even though it'll be easy to want more in the form of the entire movie (anyone want to have a digital screening party for Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! ?). There are a fair amount of people interviewed and none of them have a dull word to speak. Passion from the interviewees and the filmmakers behind Midnight Madness are evident from beginning to end. Even if someone knows a fair amount of the information presented, it’s hard not to be absorbed into the wild and beautiful world of cinema.
Aside from a few editing hiccups and a wrong date or two, there really isn’t much wrong with Midnight Madness. It may inspire people to do more research on the films it talks about or delve deeper into the world of Midnight classics. Hopefully parts two and three are as good, if not better.