Genre Grandeur – Midnight Madness (1980) – Encore Review 2 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – College Based Films. here’s a review of Midnight Madness (1980) by me

Thanks again to Jason Stershic of Agent Palmer for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar nominated/winning Films.

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“What does it mean, Harold? – Lucille

“How should I know? That’s why my dad got me a computer!” – Harold

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Cable throughout the early 80’s, 14 Oct 2002, 2 Jan 2014, 22 Jan 2019 and 27 Feb 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A college student sets up an all night scavenger hunt for fellow students as each of the five teams vie to reach the finish line before the others.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that popped into my mind after jason chose this genre.

I have loved this movie ever since I first saw it on cable as a kid and can be considered a guilty pleasure of mine.

The idea to have an all night scavenger hunt across LA is such a great idea and it works so well here as these character travel all over the city searching for clues.

In some ways this movie feels like a precursor for Reality TV by the way it all plays out.

They o a nice job of setting up the various characters for each team in order to try and show the different personality types in college/university.

That is essentially what this movie theme is all about; what skills or characteristics would be the best to have in order to win a competition like this one.

The cast is great, but Michael J. Fox and Stephen Furst are probably the only actors most people would recognize especially considering that Fox’s role isn’t as large as one might hope for.

The script and clues that are set up here are quite clever and I loved the way that each clue can be quite ambiguous which allows various teams to search in different places for the next clue based on their understanding of the riddles.

The movie also does a wonderful job giving us the viewpoint of ‘game control’ and the fact that it’s population increases throughout the movie shows how interesting and entertaining such a game might be even from the sidelines.

The movie might seem silly, but it’s actually quite intriguing and in some ways is reminiscent of It’s A Mad Mad Mad World (1963), but without the stars.

The movie title song is also great and feels very late 70’s, which brings about lots of nostalgia whenever I hear it.

Check it out here:

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For the movie’s wrap party, the producers orchestrated a real-life “Great All-Nighter” game for the cast and crew to play. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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