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After Midnight (1989)

Horror anthology about a college professor (Zada) teaching a course called "The Psychology of Fear". He brings his students (including psychic McWhirter) to his home, one dark and stormy ... See full summary »

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Jennifer (segment "A Night on the Town")
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Alex (segment "All Night Operator")
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Kevin (segment "The Old Dark House")
Ed Monaghan ...
Russ (segment "Allison's Story")
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Richard (segment "All Night Operator")
Monique Salcido ...
Lisa (segment "A Night on the Town")
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Cheryl (segment "Allison's Story) (as Pamela Segall)
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Kelly (segment "A Night on the Town")
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Joan (segment "The Old Dark House")
Tracy Wells ...
Amy (segment "A Night on the Town")
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Prof. Edward Derek (segment "Allison's Story")
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Allison (segment "Allison's Story")
Patty Avery ...
Pat (segment "Allison's Story")
Kent Burden ...
Ron (segment "Allison's Story")
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Vanessa (segment "All Night Operator")
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Horror anthology about a college professor (Zada) teaching a course called "The Psychology of Fear". He brings his students (including psychic McWhirter) to his home, one dark and stormy night to tell scary stories. The first involves a young couple whose car breaks down by an old, abandoned house. The second has four trendy teenage girls getting lost in a bad part of town, and chased by a pack of vicious dogs. Last, we have Helgenberger confronting a stalker at the answering service where she works the night shift. Written by Dzong A.D. Tranchina

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Anything Can Happen in the Dark. See more »

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3 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$59,260 (USA) (3 November 1989)

Gross:

$76,325 (USA) (9 November 1989)
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Trivia

Four different houses were used in the Old Dark House sequence. One for the gate and driveway, one for the exterior, one for the interior, and a model for the POV and wide shots. See more »

Goofs

In "Girls Night Out", the convertible top is black in the majority of the story, but when Amy gets out of the car to run from the dogs, when it is white. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Edward Derek (segment "Allison's Story"): If I told you a monster would break through that wall and tear your heads off, that wouldn't frighten you, because a lifetime of experience tells you that couldn't possibly happen. But if I told you I was going to reach into my bag, take out a gun, put it against someone's head and blow their brains out, that would frighten you.
Russ (segment "Allison's Story"): Yeah, right.
Prof. Edward Derek (segment "Allison's Story"): That doesn't frighten you?
Russ (segment "Allison's Story"): Of course not! Because I know that THAT would never happen.
Prof. Edward Derek (segment "Allison's Story"): -removes revolver from satchel- Does this change the way you think?
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References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

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A fun horror anthology
14 June 2014 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

A reasonably successful horror anthology, a sub-genre that's always been one of my favourites. In this one, college students Jillian McWhirter and Pamela Segall join a 'psychology of fear' class run by sinister professor Ramy Zada, who invites the class to his house to tell stories of the 'it could happen to you' variety.

'The Old Dark House' begins when Marc McClure and Nadine Van Der Velde break down outside a spooky mansion and debate whether or not to go in and use the phone. Nothing groundbreaking here, but the ending's pretty dark.

Then 'A Night on the Town' has friends Tracy Wells, Judie Aronson, Penelope Sudrow and Monique Salcido terrorised by Luis Contreras and his pack of vicious dogs when their car, hey, breaks down in a rough neighbourhood. It's not scary, but it is unsettling. Shame about the repetitious set-up.

'All Night Operator' sees Marg Helgenberger manning answering service phones all alone when a nuisance call turns nasty. This is the best segment despite being a bit dull.

So it works well enough without being special in any way at all.


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