Blu-ray Review: THE MIDNIGHT MAN

THE MIDNIGHT MAN was directed by Travis Z from a screenplay he co-wrote with Rob Kennedy and stars Gabrielle Haugh, Grayson Gabriel, Emily Haine, Kyle Strauts, Robert Englund and Lin Shaye.

In The Midnight Man, teenager Alex (Gabrielle Haugh) and her best friend Miles (Grayson Gabriel) discover a mysterious box hidden away in the attic in her grandmother’s sprawling mansion. Inside are instructions for The Midnight Game, an ancient pagan ritual said to summon the player’s greatest fears. It all seems like harmless fun to Alex and Miles — until they unleash the terrifying spirit of The Midnight Man, an unholy force who pits them against their darkest demons and dares them to survive. Horror legends Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Lin Shaye (Insidious) costar in this terrifying, supernatural game of cat and mouse. Play at your own risk.

The Midnight Man is based on the popular creepy pasta of the same name. The movie follows Alex and her friend Miles who end up finding this box in the attic and when they open it, they discover this mysterious game inside and decide to play it. The mysterious game has been hidden away by Alex’s grandmother, Anna (Lin Shaye), who also has a dark connection to it because she played it when she was a kid and it changed her forever. At first they don’t know that by playing the game, it unleashes this supernatural spirit but it doesn’t take long for them to find out because it latches onto them and begins to terrorize the two friends.

Their friend Kelly (Emily Haine) also shows up and actually knows a little bit more about what’s going on but she’s no match for The Midnight Man because he doesn’t play by the rules and makes a bloody example out of her. The Midnight Man plays these nightmarish games with its potential victims by forcing them to face their deepest and darkest fears, and if they lose, they die. This is where Dr. Harding (Robert Englund) comes in to help the friends out because he’s faced this evil presence before way back when he and Anna were kids. Even with the extra help, Alex and Miles realize that they’re no match for The Midnight Man because this sinister force violently takes them all out one by one. I’m sure if they would have known that this was going to happen they would have left the box alone.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, there have been several movies called The Midnight Man over the past few years so I only have this one and the original Irish film to go by and that one is also included with this release. The story was okay and the characters were fun to follow plus it’s always great to see Robert Englund and Lin Shaye show up in a new horror movie. Travis Z is known more for his production design than his directing skills that he kind of gets a bad wrap for but I have to admit that I kind of enjoyed The Midnight Man for what it is, a low budget, atmospheric slice of creepy pasta made for horror junkies. Just about all of the scares take place in this old location which gives the movie a haunted house vibe on top of its supernatural element that this terrifying figure sets off. There’s some impressive cinematography to go along with Travis Z’s directing and to top that off there’s lots of blood and gore courtesy of this creepy cool character that’s full of mischief and fear. Yeah, the makeup design for this terrifying figure is pretty cool and there’s some neat special effects through out the watch. Look, it has its flaws but it’s still a fun horror movie so turn those thinking caps off, grab some popcorn and try to enjoy it like I did. The Midnight Man joins his pals The Bye-Bye Man, The Crooked Man, and a few others when he creeps onto Blu-ray on June 5th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: 

  • The Midnight Man – Original Irish Feature Film (1:29:26)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:56)

 

 

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  1. Arthur G. says:

    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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