Saturday, March 17, 2012
DVD Evaders: Midnight Ride (1990)
From Cannon Films
Original Theatrical Release Date: July 20th 1990
Do you like Action Movies? Do you like Horror Movies? Do you like Action Movies that have cool, no-nonsense heroes like Michael Dudikoff who also sport a leg cast? Do you like Horror Movies that feature heroes from blockbuster films as villains who like to take polaroids of their dying victims and also have a eyeball gouging fetish? Do you like supporting roles by great actors like Robert Mitchum? Do you like Road Movies? Do you enjoy a well shot, hyper stylized Film that aims to please? Well, if you like any or all of those things, Midnight Ride is the Movie for you.
Yes, Luke Skywalker does play a crazed villain who likes to collect eyeballs. But hey, who doesn't have a hobby? Michael-The Dude-ikoff plays a cop hot on Hamill's trail as he happens to of hitched a ride with The Dude-ikoff's estranged girlfriend. Gotta catch that creep before it's too late!
Midnight Ride is one of the weirdest hybrid Action-Slasher Horror Movies out there. And that's what makes it stick with you all these years later. Especially enjoyable is the image of The-Dude-Ikoff strapped to the hood of a taxi while Hamill laughs it up and drives wildly through the night...
Sadly the picture has been mostly forgotten. The VHS is long out of print and when it was available, it was only available in a Pan 'N Scan version (The Film was shot in Anamorphic Widescreen, as is always the preference of Producer Ovidio G. Assonitis). Midnight Ride deserves a chance to be seen. If anything to see Mark Hamill strut his crazy stuff. He's really good here, probably better than he has ever been before. It's interesting to watch actors who are best known for playing mostly good people, pardon the pun, go to their dark side...