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Revisiting the Classics: THE MIDNIGHT HOUR

A lot of you will have never heard of this one, and that’s a shame. This was a made-for-television movie from the Halloween season of 1985. I honestly can’t remember it ever being rebroadcast after that initial airing. The movie is very similar in tone to HOCUS POCUS, and it’s unfortunate that it hasn’t become a cult classic in the years since like that movie, because it’s just as charming.

THE MIDNIGHT HOUR tells the story of a small New England town with a history of—wait for it—witchcraft. Some likable but none too wise teenagers recite a spell that they pilfered from the local museum in a graveyard on Halloween night. The witch who’d once cursed the town arises as a vampire, and she brings with her a horde of zombies and even a couple of werewolves. Some of the resurrected dead are out to cause harm, while others just want to have a little fun. They all end up at the big Halloween party in town, and hijinks ensue. It’s kid-friendly fare, sure, but it has enough Horror cred to satisfy the grown-up marks, too. Especially those of us who were around in 1985 and can appreciate the glorious nostalgia.

Yes, THE MIDNIGHT HOUR, buoyed by a soundtrack of classic tunes (and the voiceover work of Wolfman Jack), is, among so many other things, pure 80s deliciousness. There’s even a THRILLER-esque dance number!

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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