Midnight Madness – The History of Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films (2011) – By Duane L. Martin

To those who know me, it’s no surprise that I absolutely love classic films, especially classic b-movies. When I was contacted with an offer to review a four part documentary chronicling four different eras of these films, I jumped at the chance, and I’m glad I did.

Midnight Madness is a 2-disc set with two parts on each disc. Each part is just over 50 minutes long, and covers a particular era. The eras covered are as follows:

Disc 1:

Part 1: The Golden Age of the Horror Film – 51 min.
Part 2: The Atomic Crazed Fifties – 52 min.

Disc 2:

Part 3: Teens Invade the Drive-In / The Studio That Dripped Blood – 53 min.
Part 4: The Swinging Sixties to the Awesome Eighties – 51 min.

What I love about this documentary set is that it really covers each era well. It talks about some of the more notable films of the time, complete with footage of the films it’s talking about, and has some really wonderful interview footage with the directors and stars who brought these films to life.

The interview footage was taken from various Fanex conventions, any of which I’d have given just about anything to have been able to attend. When I think of a convention of this nature, these Fanex conventions seem like the pinnacle of what any fan of these films and those involved in their creation could possibly dream of. Film makers and stars such as Forry Ackerman, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Rober Clarke, Roger Corman, Christopher Lee, Kevin McCarthy, Robert Quarry, William Schallery, Dee Wallace and many other amazing people share their insights and memories with the fans who love them.

While this collection doesn’t cover every genre of film, it does cover some of the greatest films and studios, including some really awesome segments about Universal and Hammer studios and some of their more famous films, film makers and stars.

This is an absolutely amazing set. The convention footage alone is worth the price, but combined with all the great film footage and narration, this becomes a must have set for anyone who’s a fan of classic films and b-movies. The quality here is undeniable, so don’t hesitate to grab yourself a copy.

If you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself, it’s available on Amazon here.