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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie -- In anthology style, a young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who has plans to eat him.


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Writers (WGA):
Michael McDowell (written by) (segment)
Arthur Conan Doyle (short story "Lot 249") (segment)
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Release Date:
4 May 1990 (USA) See more »
From the depths of four twisted minds. See more »
A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Debbie Harry ... Betty (wraparound story) (as Deborah Harry)

David Forrester ... Priest (wraparound story)

Matthew Lawrence ... Timmy (wraparound story)

Christian Slater ... Andy (segment "Lot 249")

Robert Sedgwick ... Lee (segment "Lot 249")

Steve Buscemi ... Bellingham (segment "Lot 249")
Donald Van Horn ... Moving Man (segment "Lot 249")

Michael Deak ... Mummy (segment "Lot 249")

Julianne Moore ... Susan (segment "Lot 249")
George Guidall ... Museum Director (segment "Lot 249")

Kathleen Chalfant ... Dean (segment "Lot 249")
Ralph Marrero ... Cabbie (segment "Lot 249")

David Johansen ... Halston (segment "Cat From Hell")
Paul Greeno ... Cabbie (segment "Cat From Hell")

William Hickey ... Drogan (segment "Cat From Hell")

Alice Drummond ... Carolyn (segment "Cat From Hell")
Dolores Sutton ... Amanda (segment "Cat From Hell")

Mark Margolis ... Gage (segment "Cat From Hell")

James Remar ... Preston (segment "Lover's Vow")
Ashton Wise ... Jer (segment "Lover's Vow")
Philip Lenkowsky ... Maddox (segment "Lover's Vow")

Robert Klein ... Wyatt (segment "Lover's Vow")

Rae Dawn Chong ... Carola (segment "Lover's Vow")
Joe Dabenigno ... Cop #1 (segment "Lover's Vow")
Larry Silvestri ... Cop #2 (segment "Lover's Vow")
Donna Davidge ... Gallery Patron (segment "Lover's Vow")

Nicolle Rochelle ... Margaret (segment "Lover's Vow") (as Nicole Leach)
Daniel Harrison ... John (segment "Lover's Vow")

Directed by
John Harrison 
Writing credits
Michael McDowell (written by) (segment "Lover's Vow")

Arthur Conan Doyle (short story "Lot 249") (segment "Lot 249")

Michael McDowell (screenplay) (segment "Lot 249")

Stephen King (short story) (segment "Cat From Hell")

George A. Romero (screenplay) (segment "Cat From Hell")

Produced by
Mitchell Galin .... producer
David R. Kappes .... co-producer
Richard P. Rubinstein .... producer
Original Music by
John Harrison (segment "Lover's Vow")
Chaz Jankel (segment "Cat from Hell")
Jim Manzie (segment "Lot 249")
Pat Regan (segment "Lot 249")
Donald Rubinstein (segment "Wraparound Story") (as Donald A. Rubinstein)
Cinematography by
Robert Draper 
Film Editing by
Harry B. Miller III 
Casting by
Brian Chavanne 
Julie Mossberg 
Production Design by
Ruth Ammon 
Art Direction by
Jocelyne Beaudoin 
Set Decoration by
Jacqueline Jacobson Scarfo  (as Jacqueline Jacobson)
Costume Design by
Ida Gearon 
Makeup Department
Bill Basso .... special makeup effects crew
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects supervisor
Steve Frakes .... special makeup effects crew
Bruce Spaulding Fuller .... special makeup effects crew
Mecki Heussen .... special makeup effects crew
Anne Winky Kraus .... special makeup effects crew (as Anne 'Winky' Kraus)
Robert Kurtzman .... special makeup effects supervisor
Charlie Matula .... special makeup effects crew
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects supervisor
Scott Oshita .... special makeup effects crew
Mark Rappaport .... special makeup effects crew
Dick Smith .... makeup effects consultant
Mark Tavares .... special makeup effects crew
Nancy Tong .... hair stylist (as Nanxy Tong)
Nancy Tong .... makeup artist (as Nanxy Tong)
Wayne Toth .... special makeup effects crew
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects crew
David P. Barton .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Eddy Collyns .... unit manager
Sherry Greenberg .... assistant unit manager
Scott Vickrey .... post-production supervisor
Victoria Westhead .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rosemary C. Cremona .... second assistant director (as Rosemary Cremona)
Marybeth Hagner .... first assistant director (as Mary Beth Hagner)
Amelia Villero .... second assistant director
Art Department
George T. Barron .... carpenter
Axel Baumann .... assistant carpenter
Andrea Beeman .... assistant set dresser
Lloyd Bernberg .... art department assistant
Philip Chidel .... assistant set dresser
Joseph Timothy Conway .... set dresser (as Joseph Conway)
Catie De Haan .... assistant scenic artist (as Catie de Haan)
Noemi I. DeCorcia .... assistant decorator (as Noemi I. di Corcia)
Breon Dunigan .... special props builder
Elizabeth Goodall .... special props builder
Ralph B. Greene .... carpenter
Stephen Hall .... sketch artist
Mark Harrington .... property master (as Mark C. Harrington)
Paul A. Hinzdo .... carpenter
Arthur Lorenz .... property master (as Art Lorenz)
Teresa Mastropierro .... scenic artist
Cindy M. McKenna .... assistant props
Addison Pettit .... construction coordinator
David Poses .... lead carpenter
Mike Rees .... artwork
Phillip Schneider .... lead scenic artist
Peter Selgin .... storyboard artist
Robert Siegler .... artwork
André Solomita .... scenic artist
Peter Syrett .... carpenter
Michael Vachon .... carpenter
Lise Wald .... assistant props
Amory Weld .... assistant decorator
Barrie Wild .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Austin .... sound editor
Kelley Baker .... sound editor
Weldon Brown .... adr recordist
Michael J. Cerone .... adr recordist (as Michael Cerone)
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer
Glenn Garland .... assistant sound editor
Robert Glass .... re-recording mixer
Edmund J. Lachmann .... sound editor (as Ed Lachmann)
Harry B. Miller III .... supervising sound editor
Barry Rubinow .... supervising sound editor
Gregory Sanders .... sound editor (as Greg Sanders)
Paul A. Sharpe .... re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Brit Warner .... production sound mixer
Folmer Wiesinger .... sound editor
Mark Wilkins .... boom operator (as Mark H. Wilkins)
Special Effects by
Michael Burnett .... puppet fabrication (segment "Lover's Vow")
Drew Jiritano .... special effects
Nick Benson .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Betzy Bromberg .... optical supervisor (segment "Lover's Vow")
Anthony Doublin .... visual effects photography (segment "Lover's Vow")
Ernest D. Farino .... visual effects supervisor (segment "Lover's Vow") (as Ernest Farino)
Justin Kohn .... stop motion animation (segment "Lover's Vow")
David Stipes .... visual effects photography (segment "Lover's Vow")
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping (uncredited)
George Muhs .... visual effects (uncredited)
Drex Reed .... visual effects lighting (uncredited)
David B. Sharp .... model supervisor (uncredited)
Thomas Zell .... model maker (uncredited)
Michael Deak .... stunts
Edgard Mourino .... stunt coordinator
Lynn Walsh .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Johnny Braz .... grip (as John C. Braz)
Elizabeth Carney .... grip
Robert Draper .... camera operator
David K. Dumont .... grip
Roch Dutkowiak .... grip (as Roch C. Dutkowiak)
Mark Egyud .... grip (as Mark L. Egyud)
John Gabriele .... key grip
Kim Gigilia .... best boy grip (as Kim C. Giglia)
Shaun Gilbert .... electrician
Larry Hillier .... gaffer (as Larry J. Hillier)
Jonathan Kealey .... best boy electric
Sandy McDonough .... electrician
John Moore .... electric
Donald Murtaugh .... electric
Rex Nicholson .... first assistant camera
Heather Page .... second assistant camera
Demmie Todd .... still photographer
Brian Q. Kelley .... additional cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Leonard Finger .... casting consultant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Rae Engelsman .... assistant costume designer (as Julie Engelsman)
Audrey Ellen Lamb .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Patricia Cervitz .... apprentice editor (as Patricia Crevitz)
Amy Seplin .... assistant editor
Brooks Tomb .... apprentice editor (as Brooks S. Tomb)
Folmer Wiesinger .... assistant editor
Location Management
Brian Greenbaum .... location manager
Jess Siegler .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Chuck Ferry .... music engineer (segment "Lot 249")
Erica Lindsay .... composer: original theme
Martin Rodriguez .... music engineer (segment "Cat from Hell")
Donald Rubinstein .... composer: original theme (as Donald A. Rubinstein)
Joshua E. Schneider .... music engineer (segment "Lover's Vow") (as Josh Schneider)
Transportation Department
Joseph Caffrey .... driver (as Joseph M. Caffrey)
Louis Ferraioli .... driver (as Louis Ferrajoli)
Harry J. Leavey .... transportation coordinator (as Harry B. Leavey)
James Sweeney .... driver
Other crew
Lisa Alkofer .... production assistant
Mechelle Chojecki .... production assistant
Louise Chu .... unit publicist
Dennis Davidson .... Unit publicity
Jeffrey De La Rosa .... production assistant (as Jeff de la Rosa)
Veronica DePadro .... production assistant
Greg Finley .... looping group
Sherry Greenberg .... production assistant
Vivian Guardino .... production coordinator
Barbara Harris .... looping group (as Barbara Iley)
Linda Housworth Klipper .... assistant: Mr. Galin (as Linda Housworth)
Daamen J. Krall .... looping group
Robert Lau .... production assistant
Karen Loop .... assistant production coordinator
Christina MacGregor .... looping group (as Christina G. MacGregor)
Rosane McCarron .... assistant: Mr. Rubinstein
David McCharen .... looping group
Ginger McGuire .... senior financial executive
Brian McMillan .... animal trainer (as Brian McMillian)
Lorna Nowve .... assistant production accountant
Mary Linda Phillips .... looping group (as Linda Phillips)
David Randolph .... looping group (as David J. Randolf)
Noreen Reardon .... looping group
Jo Recht .... senior legal executive
Stacy Regan .... animal trainer
Ann R. Ritchie .... production assistant
Wendy Lee Roberts .... script supervisor
James Silverman .... production assistant
Mark Urman .... unit publicist
Joel Valentine .... special gargoyle voice
Diane Vilagi .... production controller
Jonathan Wolf .... production accountant (as Jonathan D. Wolf)
Neil Laird .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cat from Hell" - USA (segment title)
"Lot 249" - USA (segment title)
"Lover's Vow" - USA (segment title)
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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

In the episode "Cat from Hell", a TV is showing a scene from Martin (1978), also written and directed by George A. Romero.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nightmares in Foam Rubber (2004) (V)See more »
Tales from the Darkside (Original Theme)See more »


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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Don't You Just Love Happy Endings?, 7 March 2014
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Little Timmy (Matthew Lawrence) is arrested in the kitchen of Betty (Deborah Harry) that is preparing a dinner party for eight guests where Timmy is the main dish. Timmy tells three horror stories to buy time and try to escape:

"Lot 249" – The riches Andy (Christian Slater) and his best friend Lee (Robert Sedgwick) use Andy's sister Susan (Julianne Moore) to trick the nerd Bellingham (Steve Buscemi) and get his place in the university. Bellingham brings a Mummy (Michael Deak) to his room and uses a scroll to revive him and to take revenge against Lee and Susan and later against Andy.

"Cat from Hell" – The millionaire Drogan (William Hickey) hires the hit- man Halston (David Johansen) to kill a cat that has murdered the three other people that lived with him in his mansion. But soon Halston learns that the cat is from hell.

"Lover's Vow" – The washed up artist Preston (James Remar) goes to the bar of his friend Jer to meet his agent Wyatt (Robert Klein) that tells him that does not want to be his agent anymore. Preston drinks booze until Jer closes the bar and they walk through a dark alley. Out of the blue, Jer is attacked and decapitated by a gargoyle and when Preston is going to be attacked, he promises to the gargoyle that he will never tell what has happened that night in the alley. The gargoyle flies away and when Preston is walking back home, he sees a woman, Carola (Rae Dawn Chong), near to the place where Jer was murdered. Preston invites Carola to go to his flat to call a cab and they begin a romance. Ten years later, they are happily married with two children and Preston decides to disclose his secret to his wife with tragic consequences for his family and him.

"Tales from the Darkside: The Movie" follows the format of "Creepshow", with a wraparound story and three segments. The wraparound story is funny with the fate of Timmy. "Lot 249" and "Cat from Hell" are good segments with the debut of Julianne Moore in a feature. But the unforgettable and heartbreaking "Lover's Vow" is among the best horror stories that I have ever seen with the surprising conclusion. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Contos da Escuridão" ("Tales from the Darkside")

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