Authors: J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum
Original publication date: 1983

There's no greater cathedral for adventurous, genre movie aficionados than a crowded, rowdy theater at the stroke of midnight. It's the time when all bets are off, as the projectionist puts on daring, left-of-center films to the delight of folks who worship figures like Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Divine.

The "midnight movie" is a phenomenon that goes back decades and still thrives inside urban art-house venues and at film festivals. In this joyous, impeccably researched look at cinema's weirdest craze, J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum use key movies like David Lynch's Eraserhead, Jim Sharman's The Rocky Horror Picture Show, John Waters' Pink Flamingos, and Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo to examine how once-misunderstood works of art have endured against all commercial odds.

Co-authors J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum share the distinction of being prestigious film critics who've always embraced the medium's strangest offerings. As a result, Midnight Movies reads as a real love letter to a subject in need of more popular affection. —MB