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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bellingham (segment "Lot 249")
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Susan (segment "Lot 249")
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Wyatt (segment "Lover's Vow")
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Priest (wraparound story)
Donald Van Horn ...
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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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)

Gross:

$16,324,573 (USA)
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Trivia

"Tales from the Darkside: The Movie" is considered by many fans and Tom Savini himself to be the 'official' "Creepshow 3". Following the success of Stephen King and George A. Romero's Creepshow, Laurel Entertainment (Creepshow & Creepshow 2's production company) toyed with the idea of a Creepshow television series. After several negotiations and changes (due to rights holders etc.), the decision was made to change the title for the series to "Tales from the Darkside" (to be helmed by none other than Creepshow director and Creepshow 2 screenwriter, George A. Romero). After the series' great success, just roughly three short years after Creepshow 2 hit theatres, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie came to fruition in 1990 as the successor to the original two Creepshow installments, sharing many of the same crew as the Creepshow installments. See more »

Goofs

When the camera is simulating the cat in first person, you can see shadows of strings that are on the camera. See more »

Quotes

[Final scene; The timer dings and Betty is, at long last, ready to kill and prepare Timmy]
Betty: My goodness, you really did keep the best one for last, didn't you?
Timmy: No, no. I've saved the really, really best story for now.
Betty: Well, you should've told me the really, really best story before, 'cause now it's too late.
[Betty rolls the preparation cart towards Timmy's cell]
Timmy: But it's the really best one of all because there's a happy ending, a really happy ending.
[Timmy drops the book]
Betty: No other stories in ...
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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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aka Creepshow 3
22 December 1998 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

Okay, not officially, but basically this Romero/King joint effort is a successor to their Creepshow movies as much as a movie-length version of the TV series Tales from the Darkside. Maybe they avoided calling it Creepshow 3 due to the poor take from the second movie? Regardless, while the framing device is merely adequate, all three of the stories are chilling enough. The first two stories are in the fine old EC Comics/Creepshow tradition of bad people getting their comeuppance in memorable style. The third is a rather touching romance, all things considered. The best segment is probably the first, with performances from Christian Slater doing his best Jack Nicolson impression, and cult-fave Steve Buscemi as a murderous grad student. But it's all pretty enjoyable if you like that kind of thing.


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