John Goodman's full-throttle performance as a William Castle-inspired schlockmeister propels Joe Dante's delightful and charming comedy Matinee. The film takes place during the fall 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, a time when America's innocence began to crumble. Goodman plays film producer Lawrence Woolsey, who is in Key West to premiere his latest horror epic, "Mant," the story of a man who turns into a giant insect ("Half Man! ... Half Ant! ... All Terror!"). He's busy rigging the local movie theater with all manner of gimmicks, such as Atomo-Vision and Rumble-Rama, and stationing a buxom nurse -- played by Woolsey's girlfriend and leading lady Ruth (Cathy Moriarty) -- in the lobby to assist potential heart attack victims. Amidst all the hubbub, a quartet of local teenagers gear up for the big premiere: Gene (Simon Fenton), a Navy brat whose father is on alert for the duration of the crisis; Stan (Omri Katz), Gene's friend who has a furious crush on Sherry (Kellie Martin); and Sandra (Lisa Jakub), the daughter of two beatnik free-thinkers. As the premiere of "Mant" gets closer and Soviet-U.S. tensions increase, the four teenagers' problems and desires also mount to the boiling point.~Paul Brenner
I seen this movie years ago when it was released in a theater. However, I had to watch it in the modern day multiplex closet theater which made you wish the theater in the movie existed. It's a much overlooked classic with great acting from John Goodman. Release is pricey, but if not for Shout! Factory this movie would have never been released. Tons of bonus features make it worth the price.
One of my favorite movies. It was a great remake of the retro horror movies and the time. A B movie Alfred Hitchcock and how he makes his movies, along with a kid that makes new friends every other month.
if you like retro horror movies mixed with some comedy.Than you will like this movie.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Charming look at the lives during the Cuban Crisis
Just as the Cuban Missle Crisis is beginning, the innocence of American is ending. This is a charming look into that time and just how on edge we were!