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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Betty (wraparound story) (as Deborah Harry)
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Priest (wraparound story)
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Bellingham (segment "Lot 249")
Donald Van Horn ...
Moving Man (segment "Lot 249")
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Susan (segment "Lot 249")
George Guidall ...
Museum Director (segment "Lot 249")
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Dean (segment "Lot 249")
Ralph Marrero ...
Cabbie (segment "Lot 249")
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Paul Greeno ...
Cabbie (segment "Cat From Hell")
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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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Brace yourself for some KILLER stories. See more »


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4 May 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cat from Hell  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,324,573 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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

When the credits are being introduced, it's noted that the list is in order of appearance. However, Matthew Lawrence actually appears before Christian Slater and other names are obviously not in proper order. 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'll never say you saw me, never say you heard me speak, never tell anyone how I look, never repeat what I've 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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Features Martin (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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Pretty good.
26 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

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. Not the best king adaption, but hey, it ain't bad either. A good cast and some nice special effects. The Gargoyle was nasty! Plenty of gore here, but used in just enough moderation to be effective. A couple of tense moments, some god scares (Especially in the story about involving an elusive, seemingly immortal cat.) and pretty good music. Pretty good movie, just nothing really spectacular or life-changing. My rating for "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie"--6/10.


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