After Midnight (1989)

It was Friday night, and I was in the mood for a good, old-fashioned horror anthology movie. Usually this would mean something from Hammer or Amicus circa late 60s/early 70s. But on this occasion, I tripped over this movie:

After Midnight is a strange horror anthology. It is much more modern than most of the others (I still consider 1989 to be modern) and it’s framing story takes up a lot more screen time than those of the others. Instead of being an opening hook and final twist, this framing story is really a story of its own, a story of an odd college professor and an odder coed, and it’s ending takes that coed through the climaxes of all the other stories.

After Midnight wasn’t exactly the kind of anthology movie I was looking for, but it wasn’t exactly not that kind of movie, either. It is squarely in the genre while having some unique qualities of its own and a distinct 80s air. And if nothing else sells you, that 80s air certainly should!


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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5 thoughts on “After Midnight (1989)

  1. I thought I had seen (or at least heard of) all of those “anthology” movies, but this one is news to me. Thanks for sharing, Doug! I’ll have to put this on my watch list.

  2. When I was working at the video store all those years ago I would pick this up and put it back down…something about the art on the front of the VHS box kept chasing me away. Now I feel like a dope, thanks for the heads up on it Doug!

  3. Wow! I had completely forgotten about this one. We watched this alot on cable in the early 90s. I always thought that costume with the clippers in the first segment was super-bizzare.

  4. That costume was creepy. I’d like to see a whole movie of the weird old guy who kills people with garden shears.

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