Film and TV

A Salute to Classic Midnight Movies, from Rocky Horror to Eraserhead

One of the best parts about growing up in Houston and finally having friends that could drive, or being able to drive yourself, was attending midnight movies at Landmark River Oaks Theatre.

This weekend's feature on Friday and Saturday is Dazed and Confused. You don't have to go, but it would be a lot cooler if you did.

The first summer that I had friends with wheels, we all packed into someone's beat-up Camry and went to see things like Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and then would waddle over to Late Nite Pie to talk about what we saw.

Aside from the theatricality and fervent fandom behind the Rocky Horror showings ("SLUT!"), midnight movies are now novelties to the younger generation, who can roll over and dial any flick up on YouTube or a torrent site any time of day.

Attending a showing surrounded by a few hundred other people makes you not feel so weird for knowing every line from The Room, or laughing hysterically at American Psycho and empathizing with Patrick Bateman.

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Craig Hlavaty
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