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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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Moving Man (segment "Lot 249")
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Mummy (segment "Lot 249")
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Museum Director (segment "Lot 249")
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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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From the depths of four twisted minds. 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)

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$16,324,573 (USA)
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The second story, titled "The Cat From Hell" (written by Stephen King and adapted for the screen by George A. Romero) was originally intended for Creepshow 2 (1987). The story was later dropped due to budgetary reasons. See more »

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Drogan blinks after he dies. See more »

Quotes

[the gargoyle has Preston in a corner outside the bar]
Preston: [yells] No! No, please! Please, don't!
Gargoyle: [demonic voice] Your life in exchange for a promise.
Preston: You got it!
Gargoyle: If I let you go, you must swear you will never see your sorrow, never say you heard me speak, never tell anyone how I look, never repeat what I said. A promise... forever.
Preston: You gotta be kidding.
[the monster raises its claws; growls]
Preston: [convinced] I-I promise!
Gargoyle: Cross your heart?
[the monster deeply scratches Preston's chest, then disappears]
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THE WAY OF ALL FLESH
Composed and Performed by Jim Manzie
Produced by David J. Holman (as D.J. Holman) and Pat Regan (Manzie Music)
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Very entertaining Horror Anthology
12 December 2005 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

In director John Harrison's adaptation from the 80s TV series, four horror stories are told (one of them as a wraparound story) with different results, although the movie leaves the audience with a feeling of pure worthy entertainment.

The wraparound story stars ex-Blondie singer Deborah Harry as Betty, the typical next door woman, the only difference is that she hides her cannibalistic habits a a secret. Matthew Lawrence is Timmy, a kid who was kidnapped by Betty in order to be her dinner tonight. Timmy begins to tell her stories from the "Tales from the Darkside" book in order to gain time while he plans his escape. The stories Timmy tells are the other three stories in the movie.

First one, "Lot 249", stars Steve Buscemi as Bellingham, a misfit in a yuppie university. Bullied by Andy (Christian Slater), Lee (Robert Sedgwick) and Susan (Julianne Moore), he works as assistant in the Museum. When he receives Lot 249, troubles will begin as he revives an ancient mummy to do his will.

Second one stars William Hickey and David Johansen in a tale of a devilish cat that seems to haunt Hickey's character. Johansen plays a professional assassin hired to kill the feline.

In last one, writer Michael McDowell develops a love story loosely based on a Japanese tale. James Remar stars as Preston, a failed artist who is having the worst day of his life, as he watches his best friend being brutally killed by a mysterious beast who makes him promise that he won't tell anyone about it; everything looks worse until he meets Carola (Rae Dawn Chong), and his life changes for good. What would happen if he reveal the secret of the monster?

The four stories have very good performances, particularly those of Buscemi and Hickey. The downside is that while the three main stories present a very adult horror style with very gory scenes, brief nudity and foul language, the wraparound story looks tame and more similar to kid's horror like "Goosebumps". That doesn't mean that it's a bad tale, is just that it seems out of place in the film, but still the movie is good enough to keep the attention of the viewer.

Very good movie that it's almost forgotten today. The very good acting and the good SFX (although outdated for today's standards) create a very rewarding movie that surely will give entertainment. 7/10


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