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->''"I smell fear."''
-->-- '''Ted Radford'''

''Midnight Movie'' is a 2008 {{slasher movie}} which focuses on a lumbering, [[TheFaceless masked]] serial killer who breaks free from the movie ''[[ShowWithinAShow The Dark Beneath]]'' to begin stalking the patrons and employees of the movie theatre. Called out of the movie by fear, the killer's transition from film to real life is marked by a {{Melting Film Effect}}. The kill is then projected onto the screen for those still in the theatre to watch. The killer then transitions back into the film with the body of his now limp victim to drag the victim to his secret lair.

The audience watching the film is slow on the uptake at first, deeming it all a prank. After figuring it out, the plot plays out like a more traditional slasher film.

!!''Midnight Movie'' provides examples of:

* AllPartOfTheShow: It takes the in-film theater patrons a disturbingly long time to realize that the changes in scenery and the murders are not part of the movie.
%%* AxeBeforeEntering
%%* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:Timmy at the end.]]
* TheFaceless: The killer is never seen without his distinctive skull-like mask.
%%* GenreSavvy: Several people show this in the film, though [[WrongGenreSavvy it doesn't go very far.]]
%%* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Bridget]]
%%* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:PlayedStraight]]
%%* ImmuneToBullets
%%* ImpendingDoomPOV: {{Lampshaded}} at one point.
%%* ImplacableMan
* MeltingFilmEffect: Indicates when a real life location is spliced into the film.
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: Bridget says this as a method to try and defeat the killer. [[WrongGenreSavvy It doesn't work.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Detective Barrons tries his hardest but he still doesn't make it very far. Arguably, also the cop outside the theatre.
* ShoutOut: The hallway in the house in the [[ShowwithinAShow Film Within a Film]] is fairly identical to the one from the original ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974''.
%%* ShowWithinAShow: ''The Dark Beneath''.
%%* SlashedThroat
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: In universe. A death scene, for either a character in the [[ShowWithinAShow Film Within A Film]] or the film itself, results in odd glitches with the movie.
* WeaponOfChoice: The killer uses a strange corkscrew thing that gets several close-up shots and two scenes of it getting sharpened.