Midnight Skater

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

A rash of brutal murders has students in a panic, as no one seems to have a clue who is behind the horrific crimes. The evidence is slim at best, no real leads to clues for police outside of the corpse and a mysterious name, Midnight Skater. But even with this calling card, the authorities have been unable to line up any suspects, or even figure out a pattern or profile, so the deaths continue with no end in sight. As the police are baffled and can’t proceed without more evidence, a group of local teens decides to become involved. After all, the killer targets people of their age in the area, so they have to at least try to find the killer. The task of tracking a serial killer is not a simple one, as the teens soon discover. Even at the outset of the investigation, the students land in way over their heads. The group soon falls into the traps of sex, booze, and narcotics, which means the killer can run free and slaughter the locals at will. The kids continue their quest, even when hammered, but the case remains unsolved. As their own numbers begin to dwindle, the pressure mounts to uncover the truth and end the killer’s reign of terror. Will the hideous murderer ever be brought to justice, or will the friends be killed off, one by one?

I’ve seen countless low rent, homemade horror movies, some that were kind of cool, but most of which were lame. But time after time, I end up in front of the television whenever the next one rolls down the pipe, in this case Midnight Skater. I found the premise of a skater turned killer to be hilarious, so I hoped for a movie so bad, I couldn’t help but have fun. And as it turns out, this is a bad movie and it is fun to watch, so I was satisfied. I can’t be that hard on a flick like Midnight Skater, as you can tell the cast & crew were strapped in terms of resources, but still went out and made the damn movie, which is more than most folks could manage. The usual complaints arise, such as thin performances, laughable blood & gore, and all around lack of polish, but in this case, you have to expect those kind of drawbacks. I mean, you have to balance expectations with circumstances, so Midnight Skater isn’t bad for what it is. And even low rent gore is fun to watch, especially since the effects seen here can be replicated at home for even more good times. The film’s sense of humor goes beyond the bad performances too. So in addition to the violence and bloodshed, you’ll find a few intentional laughs thrown in. I had more fun with Midnight Skater than I expected, so if you’re a fan of low rent horror, then give this release a chance.

Video: How does it look?

Midnight Skater is presented in full frame, as intended. When you shoot a movie on a low end handheld camera, you can’t expect a top notch visual presentation. As I said, the image is handheld camera footage, so it’s jumpy and not film like in appearance. It basically looks like a home movie and I do mean home movie, as in a cheap camcorder production. Aside from the obvious flaws inherent with the medium, the transfer looks decent. Colors are rich, but don’t have the same sharpness of a polished film, but still, the colors look very good. Black level varies greatly, although correct most of the time. Usually the image is very bright, so not many shadow areas occur. A passable transfer for the materials.

Audio: How does it sound?

This movie has some good potential for atmospheric audio, but those chances are passed by with this mix. The elements are all presented, but this track just lacks the overall power it should wield. But as far as this basic effort goes, there’s no serious issues to contend with. The music comes off as a little dated, but no real problems with clarity in that respect. Sound effects are clean & distinct, while dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. It isn’t flashy or dynamic, but it gets the job done and that’s what counts.

Supplements: What are the extras?

An audio commentary kicks off the supplements, as director Luke Campbell is joined by numerous cast & crew members. The session is loose, with a lot of off topic content and useless information, but some decent stuff comes out. I’m always interested in low rent horror productions, so it was worth a listen. This disc also includes some deleted scenes, a bonus short film titled The Stranger, and the film’s trailer.

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