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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:
Priest (wraparound story)
Bellingham (segment "Lot 249")
Donald Van Horn ...
Moving Man (segment "Lot 249")
Mummy (segment "Lot 249")
Susan (segment "Lot 249")
George Guidall ...
Museum Director (segment "Lot 249")
Dean (segment "Lot 249")
Ralph Marrero ...
Cabbie (segment "Lot 249")
Paul Greeno ...
Cabbie (segment "Cat From Hell")


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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Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cat from Hell  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)


$16,324,573 (USA)

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In the episode "Cat from Hell", a TV is showing a scene from Martin (1977), also written and directed by George A. Romero. See more »


Obvious fake cat as it attacks Carolyn's face. See more »


[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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Spun-off from Creepshow (1982) See more »


Composed and Performed by Jim Manzie
Produced by David J. Holman (as D.J. Holman) and Pat Regan (Manzie Music)
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One Of The Better Horror Movies Of The 90's!
25 March 2000 | by (Oakwood,Virginia) – See all my reviews

If your a fan of Tales From The Crypt or Creepshow then Tales From The Darkside: The Movie is a must see! All three stories are highly enjoyable the last story Lovers Vow is great a honor to the now late Michael McDowell. Lot 249 also features great performances from Christian Slater,Steve Buscemi,and Julianne Moore. The second story Cat from Hell is enjoyable and is one of William Hickey's last roles.A great horror movie to watch over and over one of the best ever made.

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