ABC aired this little gem on Halloween night in 1985. It's one of those horror films that can be watched by the entire family which is a rarity. It's a little bit spooky, a little bit funny, and there's even a little romance for good measure. If you need blood splatter and dismemberment to make your Halloween merry, you should probably look elsewhere. If you enjoy horror in the vein of the Munsters, then this is your kind of Halloween movie.
The plot is simple and befitting of a Scooby-Doo episode. The gang steals historical costumes from the local museum for a party, including a box with a mysterious scroll in it. They break the seal on the scroll and joke around as they read the incantation. Little did they know that as they drove off to the party they had unleashed something…lots of somethings, in fact. And, therein, lies the fun of the film as a host of ghouls and grisly characters roam the streets of the town and attend the party without anyone noticing them!
The Midnight Hour is loaded with well known faces from the 80's. LeVar Burton [Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation], Shari Belafonte, Peter DeLouise [21 Jump Street], Dick Van Patten [Eight is Enough] and Kevin McCarthy [Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Innerspace]. Everyone in the cast is great and fulfills their roles nicely. However, the real stars are those who play the ghouls! Their physical mannerisms make them look like they just stepped out of Michael Jackson's Thriller video. They are quirky and funny and add a lot to this movie. They can even be menacing when they need to.
Kudos to director Jack Bender [Lost, Under the Dome] for making such a fun movie. There are so many things that work well in The Midnight Hour that it's hard to find anything to criticize…except for Shari Belafonte's song and dance number that feels out of place with the rest of the film.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.