1989 - 90 mins. - Rated R
D: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
C: Marg Helgenberger, Ramy Zada, Jillian McWhirter, Pamela Segall, Marc McClure, Tracy Wells
Group of psychology students studying fear gather after hours at their professor's house to tell each other scary stories while a scorned student sets up a deadly prank in the professor's basement.
Horror anthologies are tricky because most of them feel disjointed. Usually that happens, because there is a lack of cohesion in theme or style between the tales and as a result most of them feel like a bunch of short films lumped together instead of flowing as one continuous film. The good news is that all of the tales present in After Midnight feel like they are all part of the same film. All of the tales manage to be scary, suspenseful and even a bit atmospheric.
The reason that the tales manage to be scary is that they play upon things that people are inherently afraid of - going into a creepy old house in the middle of the night, running into a psycho in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere or being stalked by a menacing voice over the telephone. The people behind this film take those inherent fears and bring them to life on screen in such a way that those fears are tangible and very real and very immediate.
After Midnight works so well cause it is able to bring together all the stories that it is telling seamlessly while not losing sight of how to play upon its intended audience's emotions.
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