‘The past is present’
Mid-Century is a 2022 American horror film about a husband and wife’s weekend in a mid-century modern vacation rental that turns deadly when the husband discovers the owner is a psychopath with a backyard of buried secrets and designs on his wife.
Directed by Sonja O’Hara from a screenplay written by co-producer Mike Stern. Also produced by DJ Dodd, Anthony Gaudioso, James Gaudioso and Chinyere Nwodim.
The Astral Plane-Future Proof Films-Moo Studios production stars Bruce Dern (Ravage; Freaks; Swamp Devil; The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant), Stephen Lang (The Seventh Day; VFW; Don’t Breathe and its sequel; A Good Marriage), Shane West and Vanessa Williams.
“The second half of the movie feels as if it were lifted from some other film. The same goes for Tom’s fate, which shall go unmentioned but provides a tool for the big showdown; it, too, feels cheap and betrays the movie’s good first half […] It’s a letdown.” Common Sense Media
“Mid-Century ultimately feels like a Lifetime movie spin on The Stepford Wives by way of Ghost with a horror bent and an Architectural Digest sheen. It’s WTF AF and will likely get legs as a cult curio on some streaming service in the months and years to come.” Film Yap
” …it’s a mess, but a fabulous-looking mess. The script by first-timer Mike Stern (who effectively plays Banner’s progeny) is overly complex, with too many characters straddling too many subplots amid too many time frames […] It feels like three movies stuck together with tape…” Flick Attack
“Putting it bluntly, the acts ghosts are capable of here are ridiculous in a manner that suggests a far more entertaining movie would be embracing that schlock and silliness. Considering the film does not say much about its targeted topics, crazy possession antics should have been the central aspect. There are also some reliable performances here, but on the whole, Mid-Century is, well, mid.” Flickering Myth
“Mid-Century has a lot of ideas but has trouble keeping all the plates spinning. As social commentary, ghost story, or mystery, it’s underdeveloped. It offers a certain kind of experience but doesn’t live up to that promise. The stilted, awkward first act created a dark, moody atmosphere, but all that potential dissipates once we enter the flights of fancy.” The MacGuffin
“The production design is the film’s greatest strength, both in the flashback scenes and the present-day scenes […] At a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes, which feels more like 2.5 hours, Mid-Century manages to be dull, overwrought and clunky while low on thrills, chills, suspense and fun.” The NYC Movie Guru
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