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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Thriller  -  4 May 1990 (USA)
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In anthology style, a child tells three stories of horror to keep from being eaten by a witch.

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Wyatt (segment "Lover's Vow")
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Priest (wraparound story)
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Moving Man (segment "Lot 249")
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Mummy (segment "Lot 249")
George Guidall ...
Museum Director (segment "Lot 249")
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Storyline

This is really three shorter movies, bound together by a fourth tale in which the other three stories are read. The first segment features an animated mummy stalking selected student victims; the second tale tells the story of a "cat from hell" who cannot be killed and leaves a trail of victims behind it; the third story is about a man who witnesses a bizarre killing and promises never to tell what he saw and the "in-between" bit is the story of a woman preparing to cook her newspaper boy for supper. Written by Goth <brooks@odie.ee.wits.ac.za>

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cat | gargoyle | mummy | artist | witch | See All (53) »

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Four Ghoulish Fables in One Modern Nightmare See more »


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4 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Cat from Hell  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,324,573 (USA)
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Trivia

During a scene in "Lot 249", Dawn of the Dead (1978) can be heard playing from the TV. Its writer/director, 'George A. Romero', wrote the screenplay for the segment "Cat From Hell". See more »

Goofs

After Drogan is dead in his wheelchair, he blinks just before the camera cuts away. See more »

Quotes

Gargoyle: Your life, in exchange for a promise!
Preston: You got it!
Gargoyle: If I let you go, you must swear you will never say you saw me, never say you heard me speak, never tell anyone how I look, never repeat what I have said - a promise, forever!
Preston: You gotta be kidding!
Gargoyle: ROAR!
Preston: I-I promise!
Gargoyle: Cross your heart?
["playfully" claws Preston]
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Features Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE (Original Theme)
Composed by Donald Rubinstein (as Donald A. Rubinstein) and Erica Lindsay
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Terrifying if watched alone late at night
9 May 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

One of the top horror-story anthology movies out there (albeit that isn't saying much). Will scare the pants off you if watched late at night by your lonesome. Stories are cleverly placed from least terrifying first to most terrifying at the end. Acting leaves much to be desired, however, with the first story containing the most watchable cast (Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater). Wraparound story is cliched and predictable, but it doesn't really matter.

First story is one of the more interesting mummy tales out there, with Buscemi playing an outsider in a yuppie university who discovers "Lot 249." Lot turns out to be ancient preserved mummy who, of course, wrecks havoc. Twists at the end are good but not exceptional in any way.

Second story is a fantastical tale regarding a vicious cat that never seems to go away. Old man hires hitman to kill cat. Tale is entertaining and unnerving but altogether ridiculous as well. Only for fans of horror, really.

Third story is gem of anthology. Concerns a young man who witnesses a gargoyle savagely kill a man in a dark alley. Man makes vow to never speak of gargoyle to anyone in exchange for his life. Romantic tale ends in shock and horror. Likely to give nightmares.

Overall, this movie is laughable and boring in daytime but can be terrifying at night. Personally I have a tough time choosing favorite tale; each one brings something different to the table. Horror buffs be sure to check this one out if you haven't already.


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