|This low budget slasher from 1963 is certainly worth viewing.
Having killed his father in a hunting accident, disturbed painter Elliot Freeman (Philips) is unquestionably a troubled soul.
So, when young women from nearby Belmont College begin turning up cold dead at the hands of a black-gloved knife-wielding killer, Elliot seems the most likely suspect.
But what about hot-headed local hood Farentino?
Or Freeman's shifty attorney Strudwick? Is there more here than meets the eye?
Mixing a moody '60s drive-in vibe with a formula that prophesies the popular '80s bodycount subgenre, Violent Midnight is well acted by an adept cast including early turns from Farentino (1981's Dead & Buried) and Miles (1977's The Sentinel).
A tad rough in spots, this still has more going for it than most, namely a surprisingly nasty offing for Dolores (Elhardt) and also a well done revelation/climax.
Special mention goes to Rogers for her spunky performance as the bitchy sex kitten Alice.
Also known as Psychomania.