Supernatural chiller The Midnight Man boasts a pair of horror movie icons in juicy supporting roles, but Lin Shaye of Insidious fame and A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Robert Englund can’t lift this routine effort out of the ordinary. And given the film’s shortcomings there’s no way that its eponymous bogeyman – a remorseless fear-feasting figure unwittingly conjured up by drippy teenagers Gabrielle Haugh and Grayson Gabriel after they discover an enigmatic children’s game in the attic of a rambling old mansion – will ever become a cult monster.
Certificate 15. Runtime 95 mins. Director Travis Zariwny
The Midnight Man available on DVD & Digital from Signature Entertainment.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.