"One of those 'so bad it's almost good' type films."
It's a premise that would probably have been more successful as a seventies-era Hanna-Barbera cartoon.Take a crowd of people, split them in teams with identical-color garments, and send them on a wild scavenger-hunt-type race across Los Angeles. The prize isn't really that impressive, and "Leon", the guy at the helm of this contest, is the dorkiest-looking person ever seen in 1980. But a couple dozen people follow along anyway, and the destinations range from game rooms to diners to L.A. International Airport (yeah right, I'd like to see an airport get involved in THIS day and time).
What really saves this from being a totally lame film is its star power... well, FUTURE star power, anyway. When "Midnight Madness" was made, David Naughton (the supposed star) was still dancing around in his "I'm A Pepper" commercials, Stephen Furst was fresh off his "Animal House" performance, we were just getting to know eighties uber-geek Eddie Deezen, and Michael J. Fox and Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens were still nobodies. And keep an eye out for a guy named "Melio"... that's a guy named Andy Tennant, who would go on to direct films like "Ever After" and "Sweet Home Alabama". It's kinda fun to see these people on film before they became superstars.So yeah, "Midnight Madness" is one of those throwaway films, but at least it's a decently fun throwaway film. And fess up... you were guessing at the clues along with the color-coded teams.