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After Midnight is an American horror anthology film released in 1989. Besides the three stories within the movie, there is a wraparound story with a deus ex machina at the end.

After Midnight
Directed byJim Wheat
Ken Wheat
Produced byRichard Arlook
Written byJim Wheat
Ken Wheat
Music byMarc Donahue
CinematographyPhedon Papamichael Jr.
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(MGM/UA Communications Co.)
Release date
  • November¬†3,¬†1989¬†(1989-11-03)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3 million
Box office$76,329



Allison and Cheryl are two college students in a new class, The Psychology of Fear. It is taught by a strange man named Edward Derek. One of Derek's in-class experiments makes a jock wet himself in front of everyone, leading to the censuring of the class. Professor Derek invites his students to his home for a private lesson. There, he tells the students three tales centered on fear. In the meantime, the humiliated jock sneaks over to Derek's home to take revenge.

The StoriesEdit

The Old Dark HouseEdit

A couple is on its way home when the car breaks down on a nightly scenic route. They seek shelter in a seemingly empty home with a murderous past. It turns into an evening neither of them will forget.

A Night on the TownEdit

Four high school girls go downtown one night to have some fun. They cannot get into a club and look for entertainment elsewhere. They end up at a run-down gas station. There, the girls cross paths with a perverted gas attendant and his ferocious dogs. This story features Tracy Wells, best known as the daughter on the sitcom Mr. Belvedere.

All Night OperatorEdit

Marg Helgenberger plays Alex, an employee at a telephone messaging service. Due to a broken leg, she returns from a ski trip early and takes a late night shift. A female client complains of a man who's been stalking her and leaving messages. Alex tries to help but only ends up becoming a player herself in a cat and mouse game.

The Wraparound Story/EndingEdit

Professor Derek goes down to the basement and ends up falling into the jock's trap. He's hung upside down and dangled over the center of a ring of fire. The other students watch in frozen fear. The situation suddenly changes when Derek is released and his stories begin to mesh with reality. Allison finally wakes up, ready for her first day of The Psychology of Fear.



Paul Chadwick, the production designer, is the artist and originator of the graphic comic character "Concrete."

DVD releaseEdit

On September 20, 2005, MGM released After Midnight on DVD. It was later released on Blu-ray under license from Scream Factory on September 26, 2017.

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