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"The Midnight Matinee" Movie review

Updated on December 25, 2021
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Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.

The Midnight Matinee is a multi-genre anthology film which tells five different tales of suspense, horror, and deception. It was written, directed, and produced by Justin Doescher who also had two acting parts in two of the stories as well.

Doescher displays some good talent throughout his film. Every director and writer always has room for improvement and that's okay. I imagine that with a little more practice, Mr. Doescher will progress to a brilliant director worthy of major awards. Everyone starts somewhere and The Midnight Matinee was a pretty good start for him.

Of the five films, I was impressed by two, intrigued by two, and let down by one. One out of five is not bad at all, so Mr. Doescher, you should be proud of yourself. I'm a lot tougher on horror films so the fact that I was impressed and intrigued says a lot.

The fifth film was probably my favorite one. It deals with the fear of clowns and I can honestly say that I share that fear. Unless we're talking about The Joker or Harley Quinn in which case I'm fascinated. But sinister clowns who creep around kids are the scariest of all scares. This was the most impressive, building up suspense and making your skin crawl at the same time.

The first film was my second favorite, which also impressed me. It's the tale of two lovers out for a fun day but then something goes terribly wrong. No spoilers, I promise! It's realistic and gets to the point without being overdone or overdramatic. You'd swear you were watching actual footage!

Film three is the next in line on my scale, which was the most intriguing one of all. It deals with premonitions and the gift (and curse) of seeing the future. This one was more creepy than scary and would make an interesting full-length film if Mr. Doescher ever decided to expand the story.

Film four wasn't a horror story but rather a story of deception. Without giving too much away, I will just say don't believe your eyes. It was smart and had a twist that I didn't see coming. It was impressive and made me start theorizing as soon as it was finished. Anything that gets me thinking is great in my book.

The final story on my ranking would be film two. It had a decent setup but there were far too many questions left by the story's end that it took away from the surprise. You can pretty easily deduce the 'why' but the 'how' is a different story.

In conclusion, I was fairly well impressed by Doescher's work and I look forward to seeing what he cooks up next. He has a good sense of building up suspense and getting to the point of the story without trying to come up with ridiculous twists that make no sense and I appreciated that most of all. The acting could use a little work but I have definitely seen worse. I give The Midnight Matinee a steady 2.5 out of 4.

© 2017 Nathan Jasper


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