THE DARK SIDE OF THE MIDNIGHT aka THE CREEPER (1984) Reviews and overview

 

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‘By knife, by rope, by axe. Bye bye!’

The Dark Side of Midnight – aka The Creeper – is a 1984 psycho thriller feature film co-produced, written, edited and directed by Wes Olsen (who also stars).

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The movie stars James F. Moore, Wes Olsen, Sandy Schemmel, Dave Bowling, Dan Myers, Dennis Brennan.

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Specialist private detective, Brock Johnson is called in to investigate a series of murders in Fort Smith, committed by a killer, known as ‘The Creeper’. His investigation is hampered by the corrupt local mayor, who has bought reams of local land as he is attempting to attract a new university to set up campus…

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Reviews:

 … a pure exercise in ineptitude at every level. Local theater actors with little to no in-front-of-camera experience shout their dreadful dialogue, move their eyebrows and bob their heads a lot, amplifying every nuance in case the people at the back can’t see it – oh wait, it’s a film, not a play.” Vegan Voorhees

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“You just can’t fake bad acting like that seen in this film. Such a thing requires a certain level of earnestness — the poor people are just trying so damned hard — to make the awkward delivery and unnatural rhythms truly funny. Also: mustaches! If you like mustaches — and who doesn’t like a mustache? — you’ll love this mustache-filled film.” Kernunrex

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“In 1984 Wes Olsen wrote, directed, produced, edited, and starred in The Dark Side of Midnight. Since he had so much on his plate he obviously forgot his lines a bunch of times and cast a lead who slurred his lines so bad your television practically turns into smell-o-vision with wafts of booze strong enough to get you buzzed.” Hollie Horror, Letterboxd

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Choice dialogue:

“Rough spot isn’t the word for it, Bill”

Filming locations:

Modesto and Oakdale, California

It was distributed by Troma Entertainment in the US and overseas. The German title is Blood City.

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