Midnight Double Feature #1 – Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours” and John Landis’ “Into The Night”
The first part of a new series for Top10Films – Midnight Double Feature. Essentially, it is films that go great together. The night has drawn in, the curtains have been closed, the clock is reaching midnight. Settle in for a late night with two movies that just seem right together.
What is a Double Feature? A Double Feature was an old Hollywood theatre practice whereby two films were screened for the price of one. Sometimes, studios would force theatre owners to show the films they chose – usually a big-budget film was accompanied by a cheaply made B-picture. At other times, theatre owners chose which films to show, usually picking movies that complemented each other. The practice eventually died out but recently Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino tried to revive the Double Feature with their Grindhouse films. Although it didn’t work with modern cinema audiences, the films have found a new lease of life on home video. The Midnight Double Feature series aims to find movies that would work perfectly together as a Double Feature. With the bonus of being at home – heading to the kitchen for a quick snack, or not worrying about disturbing anyone when it’s time for that much needed toilet break – the Double Feature can live long and prosper in the comfort of our own living rooms.
Appropriately, Midnight Double Feature kicks off with two films set post the witching hour – Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours” and John Landis’ “Into The Night”.
These two brilliant paranoia dramas are set almost entirely during one night. They are also blessed by two great performances from Jeff Goldblum (Into The Night) and Griffin Dunne (After Hours). Their coupling is less because of their night time adventure, more because they are about two thirty-something characters trying to find their purpose in life. For all the teenage coming-of-age films out there, those in their 30s seem to have been left out. But these two classics from the 1980s attempt to redress the balance.