Archaeologist Arthur Hartley is accused of stealing expensive artifacts from a museum, is warned of a curse that befalls those who touch the artifacts, but won't be stopped in his quest for wealth.

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Archaeologist Arthur Hartley is accused of stealing expensive artifacts from a museum, is warned of a curse that befalls those who touch the artifacts, but won't be stopped in his quest for wealth.

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27 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Finally, a decent one
22 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

BEETLES is the opening episode of season four of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE and guess what? It's a good one! A humble, traditional horror story which the series should have attempted more often instead of all those annoyingly jokey comedy stories. It also manages to be horrific, which is no mean feat in a family friendly show.

The story concerns a rogue archaeologist who bags himself a brand new mummy for his collection. The only problem is that the mummy comes accompanied by a curse involving a plague of scarab beetles. You can guess exactly what happens next, but this is still kooky fun with some nicely macabre special effects work and a climax that brings to mind the likes of CREEPSHOW. Colm Meaney puts in an early appearance.


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