Into the Night
January 4, 2008 5:59 PM Subscribe
Into the Night Films
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through the ages. "What’s an into-the-night movie? It’s essentially about one anxious character (or group of characters) embarking on an illicit adventure and emerging transformed. Most often, the stories take place at night, but not always. Sometimes they happen over a whole summer, in the blazing light of day. Sometimes they’re comedies, and sometimes mysteries. But what they have in common is an acknowledgment that somewhere, lurking in the shadows of polite society, there are people getting ridiculously freaky." With much...
From the Article and off the top of my head...
The 80's: Something Wild, Into the Night, Risky Business, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, After Hours, Summer Lovers, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, Body Double, Body Heat, Blue Velvet, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Lost in America, Midnight Run, Repo Man, Down By Law, The Last American Virgin, Running on Empty, Adventures in Babysitting
The 90's: Barton Fink, Playing God, The Big Lebowski
The 00's: Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, Training Day, Almost Famous, Hostel, Moulin Rouge! Collateral, Touristas, The Girl Next Door, Superbad
Did this venerable meta-genre all but disappear in the 90's? If so, why? If not, what am I missing? Does it simply speak to a charged thrill/fear of the unknown in times of pressure to abide by societal norms?