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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

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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:
Betty (wraparound story) (as Deborah Harry)
Priest (wraparound story)
Bellingham (segment "Lot 249")
Donald Van Horn ...
Moving Man (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)  »

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Cat from Hell  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)


$16,324,573 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The story "Lover's Vow" is based on a Japanese folklore called Yuki-onna, but the writer of the film decided to make Chong's character into a gargoyle instead of a ghost like in the Japanese legend. See more »


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 »


[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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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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Terrifying if watched alone late at night
9 May 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

One of the top horror-story anthology movies out there (albeit that isn't saying much). Will scare the pants off you if watched late at night by your lonesome. Stories are cleverly placed from least terrifying first to most terrifying at the end. Acting leaves much to be desired, however, with the first story containing the most watchable cast (Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater). Wraparound story is cliched and predictable, but it doesn't really matter.

First story is one of the more interesting mummy tales out there, with Buscemi playing an outsider in a yuppie university who discovers "Lot 249." Lot turns out to be ancient preserved mummy who, of course, wrecks havoc. Twists at the end are good but not exceptional in any way.

Second story is a fantastical tale regarding a vicious cat that never seems to go away. Old man hires hitman to kill cat. Tale is entertaining and unnerving but altogether ridiculous as well. Only for fans of horror, really.

Third story is gem of anthology. Concerns a young man who witnesses a gargoyle savagely kill a man in a dark alley. Man makes vow to never speak of gargoyle to anyone in exchange for his life. Romantic tale ends in shock and horror. Likely to give nightmares.

Overall, this movie is laughable and boring in daytime but can be terrifying at night. Personally I have a tough time choosing favorite tale; each one brings something different to the table. Horror buffs be sure to check this one out if you haven't already.

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