The Midnight Man – USA, 2016 – reviews

‘Evil comes at midnight’

The Midnight Man is a 2016 supernatural horror film written and directed by Travis Zariwny (Cabin Fever remake, Intruder), based on Rob Kennedy’s 2013 film Midnight Man. Gabrielle Haugh, Lin Shaye, and Robert Englund star.

Alex (Gabrielle Haugh) is a typical teenage girl who lives with her sick grandmother, Anna (Lin Shaye). While searching through the attic, Alex finds directions to a game, which played properly, will awaken “The Midnight Man” (Kyle Strauts), an evil being who will make your worst nightmare come true.

At first, Alex and her friends think the game is harmless fun. It is—until The Midnight Man comes to play… for real. When Doctor Goodberry (Robert Englund) comes to the house to check on Anna, he can sense the presence of evil, and warns the kids that when The Midnight Man comes to play, he plays to win…

The Midnight Man is released on VOD by IFC Midnight on January 19, 2018. A British DVD release by Signature Entertainment is scheduled for 12 March 2018.


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The Midnight Man isn’t even so-bad-it’s-funny, like The Bye Bye Man, whose title monster bears a resemblance to ours, or Ouija, which follows the same ghost-movie-by-numbers formula. Sadly, this derivative film is just plain mediocre and will likely fade, perhaps deservedly so, into obscurity.” Dax Ebaben, Bloody Disgusting

Main cast:

  • Gabrielle Hague – Jeepers Creepers 3; The Institute; Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?
  • Lin Shaye – Herbert West: Reanimator; Insidious franchise; The Black Room; et al
  • Robert EnglundThe Last Showing; The Mangler; Python; A Nightmare on Elm Street; et al
  • Louise Linton
  • Kyle Strauts
  • Grayson Gabriel
  • Emily Haine
  • Summer H. Howell
  • Callie Lane
  • Keenan Lehmann
  • Michael Sirow
  • Luca Villacis


This film should not be confused with Aitor Uribarri’s 2016 film The Midnight Man

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One Comment on “The Midnight Man – USA, 2016 – reviews”

  1. Having two horror icons such as Englund and Shaye you expect a certain quality about it. I enjoyed it, had some jump scares, a mental mind bump and an ending which was slightly predictable but still played out well.

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