Review: ‘Heart of Midnight’

Heart of Midnight is a twisted little sadomasochistic outing [from a screen story by Matthew Chapman and Everett De Roche] whose plot centers on Carol Rivers (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a young woman with psychological problems. When her uncle Fletcher (Sam Schact) dies of AIDS, she inherits property being transformed into the 'Midnight' club.

Heart of Midnight is a twisted little sadomasochistic outing [from a screen story by Matthew Chapman and Everett De Roche] whose plot centers on Carol Rivers (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a young woman with psychological problems. When her uncle Fletcher (Sam Schact) dies of AIDS, she inherits property being transformed into the ‘Midnight’ club.

Against the wishes of her mother Betty (Brenda Vaccaro), Carol moves to the building, only to find a bizarre series of rooms upstairs. They suggest Fletcher was hosting sex parties for people of various persuasions.

Carol is plunged into her own hell as a couple of workmen try to rape her. If the assault wasn’t problem enough, signs appear that someone else is on the premises.

Events proceed to particularly sadistic circumstances, in which the reason for Carol’s years of torment and her relationship to her late uncle also come to light.

Performances are strong all around, particularly by Leigh and Vaccaro.

Heart of Midnight

Production

AG. Dir Matthew Chapman; Producer Andrew Gaty; Screenplay Matthew Chapman; Camera Ray Rivas; Editor Penelope Shaw; Music Yanni Art Dir Gene Rudolf

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Jennifer Jason Leigh Peter Coyote Gale Mayron Sam Schacht Denise Dummont Frank Stallone
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