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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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John Harrison

Writers:

Michael McDowell, Arthur Conan Doyle (short story "Lot 249") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Donald Van Horn ... Moving Man (segment "Lot 249")
Michael Deak ... Mummy (segment "Lot 249")
Julianne Moore ... Susan (segment "Lot 249")
George Guidall George Guidall ... Museum Director (segment "Lot 249")
Kathleen Chalfant ... Dean (segment "Lot 249")
Ralph Marrero Ralph Marrero ... Cabbie (segment "Lot 249")
David Johansen ... Halston (segment "Cat From Hell")
Paul Greeno Paul Greeno ... Cabbie (segment "Cat From Hell")
William Hickey ... Drogan (segment "Cat From Hell")
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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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Brace yourself for some KILLER stories. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Bronxville, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,324,573
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The position of the groceries in Betty's bag change between shots in the first segment of the wraparound story. See more »

Quotes

Bellingham: [tied to a chair watching his manuscript get dumped] My master's thesis! What're you doing?
Andy: [ripping up a page] Well, I'm going to start a little fire under your chair and roast your nuts.
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Connections

Spun-off from Creepshow (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Tales from the Darkside (Original Theme)
Composed by Donald Rubinstein (as Donald A. Rubinstein) and Erica Lindsay
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User Reviews

"All the Better to Eat You With My Dear"
30 June 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

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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