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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 more »

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Brace yourself for some KILLER stories. 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

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 »

Goofs

When Betty is snipping some flowers in the wraparound story, before the final story, the buds are all closed. In the nest shot they're all open. 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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Connections

Referenced in Nightmares in Foam Rubber (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE (Original Theme)
Composed by Donald Rubinstein (as Donald A. Rubinstein) and Erica Lindsay
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"All the Better to Eat You With My Dear"

Tales From the Darkside: the Movie was a very entertaining film. It has four stories in it. The first is a wrap-around story about a woman going to cook a ten year old boy for dinner, yet the child reads stories to her to try and delay his death. In a way, this is related to tales of the Arabian Nights. The three other stories are the ones told by the young boy. All of them are actually very interesting, have elements of fright, are generally well-acted, and have some kind of message. One deals with an ancient mummy out to avenge a smart yet socially outcast student at a college. Another story deals with a malevolent cat out to duel with a hitman paid $100,000 to kill a cat. Gruesome but great story with some real good acting, especially by William Hickey. Love that voice! The final story deals with a relationship between a gargoyle and an artist. An intriguing tale and has Rae Dawn Chong in it(a nice asset). All the stories are well-made and well-written, the wrap-around story being the weakest due to its resolution. Nonetheless, Tales From the Darkside is a fun horror film in the vein of Tales From the Crypt and Creepshow.


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