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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie -- From Stephen King (Pet Sematary), Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice), George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) and Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes), comes Tales From The Darkside: The Movie, an all-star horror anthology packed with fun and fright.


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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 »
In anthology style, a child tells three stories of horror to keep from being eaten by a witch. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Very entertaining Horror Anthology See more (67 total) »


  (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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Glenn Garland .... assistant sound editor
Robert Glass .... sound 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 .... sound 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
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
Brian Greenbaum .... location manager
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
Jess Siegler .... assistant location manager
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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: When the camera is simulating the cat in first person, you can see shadows of strings that are on the camera.See more »
Halston:[preparing to asassinate a cat] The rest of your nine lives are going in one lump-sum.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spin off from Creepshow (1982)See more »
Tales from the Darkside (Original Theme)See more »


Is "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie" considered to be the the official "Creepshow 3?"
How does this movie differ from the Creepshow movies?
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Very entertaining Horror Anthology, 12 December 2005

In director John Harrison's adaptation from the 80s TV series, four horror stories are told (one of them as a wraparound story) with different results, although the movie leaves the audience with a feeling of pure worthy entertainment.

The wraparound story stars ex-Blondie singer Deborah Harry as Betty, the typical next door woman, the only difference is that she hides her cannibalistic habits a a secret. Matthew Lawrence is Timmy, a kid who was kidnapped by Betty in order to be her dinner tonight. Timmy begins to tell her stories from the "Tales from the Darkside" book in order to gain time while he plans his escape. The stories Timmy tells are the other three stories in the movie.

First one, "Lot 249", stars Steve Buscemi as Bellingham, a misfit in a yuppie university. Bullied by Andy (Christian Slater), Lee (Robert Sedgwick) and Susan (Julianne Moore), he works as assistant in the Museum. When he receives Lot 249, troubles will begin as he revives an ancient mummy to do his will.

Second one stars William Hickey and David Johansen in a tale of a devilish cat that seems to haunt Hickey's character. Johansen plays a professional assassin hired to kill the feline.

In last one, writer Michael McDowell develops a love story loosely based on a Japanese tale. James Remar stars as Preston, a failed artist who is having the worst day of his life, as he watches his best friend being brutally killed by a mysterious beast who makes him promise that he won't tell anyone about it; everything looks worse until he meets Carola (Rae Dawn Chong), and his life changes for good. What would happen if he reveal the secret of the monster?

The four stories have very good performances, particularly those of Buscemi and Hickey. The downside is that while the three main stories present a very adult horror style with very gory scenes, brief nudity and foul language, the wraparound story looks tame and more similar to kid's horror like "Goosebumps". That doesn't mean that it's a bad tale, is just that it seems out of place in the film, but still the movie is good enough to keep the attention of the viewer.

Very good movie that it's almost forgotten today. The very good acting and the good SFX (although outdated for today's standards) create a very rewarding movie that surely will give entertainment. 7/10

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