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.
I was aware of The Midnight Man prior to this movie. I have a child who is obsessed with YouTube, and the challenges and such. Yes, I’m aware how dangerous and dumb that is, so I monitor him closely. But, one of the challenges was called The Midnight Challenge, wherein you play a game, and The Midnight Man haunts your house, trying to kill you. You have to follow the rules of the game to stay alive. I was certainly skeptical seeing Robert Englund’s name attached to the cover art. Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy, but the movies he chooses to appear in are never great, and it’s almost always for the purpose of fan service.
I’m a fan of what IFC Midnight does, but the movies are a little hit-or-miss. Some of them border on amazing, while some are hard to make it through. The Midnight Man was not amazing. It’s unfortunate, too, because I thought the opening scene was really strong. These game-movies are hard to pull off. Many have tried, few have succeeded. The Midnight Man does nothing to break this trend. It’s a middling movie, with very little by way of scares. Though there is a bit of blood, nothing beyond the opening scene manages to impress. I was really hoping that scene would set the tone for the rest of the movie, but it hits a wall right after the intro. It’s sad, really, a movie that fooled me within its first minutes into thinking it had some balls, turned out to be run-of-the-mill.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release is a fine presentation. It’s a new release movie so a transfer isn’t really an issue. Though the video and audio quality are both top notch, it’s sort of irrelevant here. Extras are few and far between, but it does have the 2013 Irish film of the same name, which I’m guessing this is some sort of remake of. Also provided is the theatrical trailer. As I stated above, IFC Midnight titles are hit-or-miss, and unfortunately, The Midnight Man is a miss. It may have an audience out there somewhere, but I do not fall within it. Maybe you will. Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of IFC Midnight’s The Midnight Man is now available.