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Minutes Past Midnight (2016)

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As midnight falls, all manner of terror invades the Earth. Demons, cannibals, killers, ghosts and monsters swarm the world in these tales of the supernatural, the fantastic, and the just plain horrific. Featuring nine stories of horror.

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Credited cast:
Jason Flemyng ... Nicholas Grimshaw (segment 'The Mill At Calder's End')
Barbara Steele ... The Apparition of the Mill (segment 'The Mill At Calder's End')
Mika Boorem ... Caylie (segment 'Awake')
Owen McDonnell ... Michael (segment 'Ghost Train')
Steve Wall ... Peter (segment 'Ghost Train')
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Ashurst Sam Ashurst ... World's Best Dad (segment Crazy for You)
Matthew Broe Matthew Broe ... Sam (segment Ghost Train)
Zach Canfield Zach Canfield ... Sammy (segment: Roid Rage) (as Zane Stanfield)
David Carranza David Carranza ... Timothy (segment: Timothy)
John Carvalho John Carvalho ... Donnie The Bear (segment: Roid Rage)
Drew Casson Drew Casson ... Car Victim (segment Crazy for You)
Arthur Darvill ... Charlie (segment: Crazy For You)
Hodei Del Barrio Hodei Del Barrio ... Timothy (segment: Timothy)
Matthew Dillon Matthew Dillon ... Young Michael (segment Ghost Train)
Barnaby Edwards Barnaby Edwards ... Polka Dot Hat Victim (segment Crazy for You)
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As midnight falls, all manner of terror invades the Earth. Demons, cannibals, killers, ghosts and monsters swarm the world in these tales of the supernatural, the fantastic, and the just plain horrific. Featuring nine stories hand-picked through Rue Morgue and Unstable Ground's long-running genre film festival Little Terrors, prepare to see some of the finest the world of fright has to offer. Be warned: these tales are not for the faint of heart. Written by Unstable Ground

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The Mill At Calder's End - The father has the likeness of Peter Cushing. Looking thru his filmography closest resemblance is from "And now the screaming starts!" See more »

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Strange collection- some shorts were excellent & well made, others were not so excellent or well made.

Numeric ratings are so impossibly subjective, but FWIW, I'm giving the entire collection a 6/10. I rarely watch these type of short story films, but after reading a few of the reviews, there were a couple stories that looked really good. An quite frankly, the good ones were excellent! I'll make a couple of comments below:

"Never Fear Us Apart": Entertaining. Ironic. Slightly gory. (6)

  • I liked the premise on this one. My biggest complaint was the VERY noticeable CGI. Had the film been done with practical fx, it would have been more enjoyable, but beyond that, it worked as a short.


"Awake": Too short. Perplexing. Leaves questions. (5)
  • Another interesting premise, but this is a big reason I don't like shorts...it was...too short, and lacking in answers. The piece itself is very well done and filmed with a stark filter, leaving it cold and dark. The acting is fine, son no complaints there, but it was just too short. Most of these types of pieces are meant to leave the viewer with a few questions, as they are not meant to provide complex back-stories, but this one leaves questions going in AND coming out. It's wasn't bad, and the writing works...I just felt a bit confused about what the "how's" and "why's."


"Crazy For You": Light. Clever(ish). Twisted. (6)
  • I like this one, but would have preferred more gore. It was done well, and the plot is fun and unique, but as a "horror," there lots of chances to make it more horrific with fx. Still, it was a unique piece that entertained and worked well as a short.


"The Mill at Calder's End": Gothic. Stylish. Haunting. (8)
  • I'm not a fan of animated pieces, but this was brilliantly done! It looks great, is dark, and the story is creepy. Loved the plot. While it absolutely works as a short, I would have enjoyed a full length feature as well.


"Roid Rage": Very B-movie-ish. Grotesque. Cult-like. (4)
  • As a fan of cheesy b-movies with blood and gore, and actually kind of liked this. My biggest issue is that it feels very out of place with the other shorts. It reminds me of a Troma flick, both in plot and execution, but compared to the stylishly done companion pieces, I was grossly underwhelmed.


"Feeder": Slick. Professional. Dark & Sinister. (8)
  • Another really well done piece. The story is Faustian in nature, which I always enjoy, and the production is top notch indie grade. No real complaints here. This is one I would have enjoyed as a full length feature.


"Timothy": Odd. Childish. Chaotic. (4)
  • Another piece that I felt didn't belong. The production value was ok, but the premise felt like it didn't fit. Maybe others would disagree, but it was nowhere near as dark as most of the others. It still had a chaotic feel to the story, but in a maniacal way, opposed to anything creepy. I guess I'm just not in to stuffed animals.


"Ghost Train": Rich. Textured. Genuine horror. (9)
  • This was my favorite of the bunch. Everything about it was great. The look, the feel, the plot, and the production. I would have loved watching this as a full feature but it works as a short tale without issue. I also appreciated the resolution and/or explanation of characters. We actually get back story on this. Overall, just extremely well done.


"Horrific": Cheap. Pointless. Goofy. (4
  • This was probably the most out of place piece of all. It was violent and pointless for the point of being violent and pointless. I truly believe this was meant to be exactly what it is, which is not a bad thing. I just didn't feel it fit in with most of the others. I compare it in nature to "Roid Rage;" a movie I could see myself watching during another sitting, but not as a part of this collection. It's just corny, hokey, B-grade horror.


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