Monday, February 12, 2024

Midnight Peepshow (2024)

Movie Name/Year: Midnight Peepshow (2024)
Genre: Horror
Length: 1h 33min
Rating: Unrated
Director: Airell Anthony Hayles, Andy Edwards, Jake West, Ludovica Musumeci
Actors: Zach Galligan, Chiara D’Anna, Richard Cotton, Sarah Diamond, Jamie Bacon, Derek Nelson, Jack Fairbank. Miki Davis, Ryan Oliva, Ocean M. Harris
Blurb from IMDb: A man stumbles across a darkly magical peepshow booth

Selina’s Point of View:
In some ways, Midnight Peepshow was everything I feared it would be… and yet, it’s also everything I hoped.
The trailer made Midnight Peepshow seem like a sexy version of Saw (2004) – which is one of the strangest comparisons I’ve ever made. It’s not exactly something I ever thought I would, or wanted, to see. Still, the trailer looked good enough that I considered putting it on my Top 20. It would have been about 21 or 22 – just missing the cut.
I knew there would likely be a lot of unnecessary sex scenes. The title is a bit telling. In that way, Midnight Peepshow was exactly as I feared. The sex scenes were way too drawn out, especially since they weren’t all that in depth. It was just one character bouncing on another. There was a bit of plot involved, but it was visually boring.
I’d also warn that there are some triggering moments among those scenes, and you should stay away from the film if that’s something that could be a problem for you.

What I didn’t expect was the genre of Midnight Peepshow. It was not just a horror; it was an anthology – complete with a framing device. Nothing in the trailer prepared me for that. There’s some mention in the promotional materials about there being more than one story, but not the way they were combined.
The genre doesn’t affect much except my perception. I happen to love a good anthology. Short stories inside larger ones just do it for me. Maybe it’s the ADHD, but I almost always wind up zoned in right up until the end. When I realized Midnight Peepshow was an anthology, I found myself giving it even more attention.
As it turned out, there was some real story to it all. I enjoyed each part of the ‘black rabbit’ plot, including how it was all tied together. Perhaps it got a little convoluted in the end, but even that felt like a decent conclusion. It felt as if the convolution was appropriate, for lack of a better word.
I enjoyed it, and I’d watch it again. Midnight Peepshow was a competent horror anthology.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 6.0/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 3.5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating 3/5
Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: R
Movie Trailer: 

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