By Marcus Pan
Dark Sky Films are still out there,
rescuing all the crazy slasher flicks they can get their grubby hands on. This
time around they bring us the Del Tenney film, Violent Midnight. In this
hour and a half 1963 film, we are introduced to Elliott Freeman (Lee Philips),
a Korean war veteran with a shattered past that involves the shooting death of
his father during a hunting accident, a pose painter in a small college town.
When his latest model turns up dead detective Parma (Dick Van Patten) looks
towards either Elliot or the models bar-hopping ex boyfriend, Charlie
When yet another local college girl turns up floating wrong
side up in the local watering hole, it heats up a bit. While the police rush to
find the two suspects, a third possibility in the form of a peeping tom
professor crops up. As Charlie gets hauled off to the precinct, Elliot gets
grabbed by his own lawyer to be committed to help his insanity plea and the
peeping tom is tromping around, the climax moves to Elliots home where
his sweetheart rushes over to see him.
The rush to the end of the film where, of course, our
murderer is revealed, took me quite by surprise. I can honestly say I
didnt see it coming
the identity of our deranged slasher here in
Violent Midnight was really a shock. So while cheesy as always,
Violent Midnight delivered a good twisty ending.
Del Tenney moved on to such notable B-classics as The
Curse of the Living Corpse and The Horror of Party Beach, this one
being his first. Its a nice addition to the B-cult collection of most
slasher fans, with the added bonus of it being believable and even surprising
in its mystery.
B-movie hilarity and a good ending? Wow!
Dark Sky Films
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