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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:

Cat from Hell 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After Drogan dies, he drops his bottle of pills. In the next shot the spilled pills and the bottle are differently positioned. See more »

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Features Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

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The fact that this movie was originally supposed to be another Creepshow sequel helps me understand.
30 March 2009 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

Understand what you ask? Why this movie to me just does not have the feel of the television series it is named from and does seem to have more of a Creepshow feel to it. None of the three stories seems like it would ever have played on the television show with the introduction story of the little boy being held by the crazy woman probably being the most like it came from the show. The first story seems straight out of the HBO series "Tales from the Crypt" with the second one having more of the "Creepshow feel and the final one almost having more of a Twilight Zone quality to it. The first story has one guy killing people with the help of a mummy, not really much to it, but it does have the most stars in it as you will recognize quite a few of the people featured in it. The second one is my favorite, but not really going to garner to much mention as a hit-man is requested by a rather eccentric old man to exterminate a rather strange target. The target in question is that of a cat. The final story is about a man who witnesses a strange killing and is told to keep it a secret, his life seems to be going well, but he is still haunted by what he saw that evening. This story is really to tame with the exception of the beginning and the end. Then of course the story of the boy and his captor is wrapped up. It has a few ups and is far from awful, it just is not that good either as the show had much better stories.


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