Midnight Mass (Movie Review)
Midnight Mass is one of my life’s biggest regrets. I can watch anything. I can enjoy many movies, books, works of art, etc. I can do this by examining them and searching for an underlying feeling. Any art makes you feel something. I can find something redeeming in just about anything. I’ve seen this movie one and 1/4 times. The first time I only made it 15 minutes in before saying screw it. I write a lot of positive reviews. I was asked if there was any film out there that I had absolutely nothing good to say about (thanks D.H.!). Immediately this movie came to mind. I decided to sit through it entirely so I could make an unbiased review. Maybe those 15 minutes I’d seen long ago were during a bad day.
So here it goes. Midnight Mass is about a world overrun by vampires. I did find the news reports that were intentionally misinforming people interesting. The government was using the news to reassure folks that it was just a nasty virus out there instead of vampires. Our “heroine” Gwen, played by Pamela Karp, escapes the clutches of a group of Goths. They serve a vampire coven. She escapes them by leaving a woman who had come to her aid behind.
Ironically, the leader of the coven is a former priest. Gwen nabs HER former priest to take on the coven. That’s about it. Poor acting, bad cinematography, special effects, soundtrack, and story really made this unbearable for me. Did I mention it was down right depressing? Also, the world is overrun by vampires and crazies and you think it’s wise to sit on a bench alone in public to mope? It was like watching a school play performed by 9 year olds, except it wasn’t cute. I honestly expected more from a film written by F. Paul Wilson. He wrote “The Keep” for crying out loud.
C E Score Sheet (1-5)
Production Quality: 1
C E Metascore: 1 – A must to own for the sole purpose of burning it, while enjoying popcorn and the Clockwork Brain app!
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—
(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.