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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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Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat

Writers:

Ken Wheat, Jim Wheat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judie Aronson ... Jennifer (segment "A Night on the Town")
Marg Helgenberger ... Alex (segment "All Night Operator")
Marc McClure ... Kevin (segment "The Old Dark House")
Ed Monaghan ... Russ (segment "Allison's Story")
Alan Rosenberg ... Richard (segment "All Night Operator")
Monique Salcido Monique Salcido ... Lisa (segment "A Night on the Town")
Pamela Adlon ... Cheryl (segment "Allison's Story) (as Pamela Segall)
Penelope Sudrow ... Kelly (segment "A Night on the Town")
Nadine Van der Velde ... Joan (segment "The Old Dark House")
Tracy Wells ... Amy (segment "A Night on the Town")
Ramy Zada ... Prof. Edward Derek (segment "Allison's Story")
Jillian McWhirter ... Allison (segment "Allison's Story")
Patty Avery Patty Avery ... Pat (segment "Allison's Story")
Kent Burden Kent Burden ... Ron (segment "Allison's Story")
Jordana Capra ... Vanessa (segment "All Night Operator")
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Storyline

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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Welcome to Fear 101. There will be a test. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Old Dark House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,260, 3 November 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$76,325, 9 November 1989
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High Bar Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Because it was difficult to shoot the scenes with the dogs and the actresses together for the segment "A Night on the Town," the scenes with the dogs had to be filmed separately by a second unit while a first unit handled all the scenes with the actresses. 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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Referenced in 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days: After Midnight (1989) (2018) See more »

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Probably won't cause a sleepless night!
9 September 2002 | by GreensleevesSee all my reviews

Although the stories in this Horror anthology are weak, the film manages to engage the mind throughout. The framing device used is that of a professor teaching the psychology of fear who humiliates a student during a lesson. Because of this, the wilder excesses of the teachers lessons can only be taught out of class at his home. Students relate scary tales during one such session most of which are interesting but have seriously flawed logic. Marg Helgenberger excels as the telephone service operator taking calls from a crazed stalker. The best story is the first in which a practical joke seriously misfires. The ending is surreal but is based on a hackneyed idea. The original music by Marc Donohue is excellent, especially that over the opening credits.


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