midnight movie

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Originating in 1950s United States television, the term has undergone several changes over time (see Wikipedia article).


midnight movie (plural midnight movies)

  1. (film) A B-movie, often in camp style and with a retro theme.
  2. A low-budget film which has become a cult classic, referring in this sense to original tradition of showing such films at night.
  3. (dated) A low-budget film shown on television after midnight, particularly but not exclusively in the US.