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
The character Halston, played by David Johansen, is in the kitchen after his first battle with the cat and chides himself saying, "Can't get hot. Can't let yourself get hot, ever. You make mistakes when you're hot." David Johansen is also known as Buster Poindexter, a musician with many famous songs, among them the very successful "Hot! Hot! Hot!" in which the singer professes how "hot, hot, hot" he is. See more »
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 »
Preston and I are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the night we first met.
Margaret (segment "Lover's Vow"):
You mean when you thought he was gonna push you up against the wall and rape you?
Yes, darling. It's also the night that Wyatt here gave your father the shaft.
Oh, and I only had to murder three other agents before your mother would let me represent him again.
And you're still on probation, you mercenary wretch.
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Okay, not officially, but basically this Romero/King joint effort is a successor to their Creepshow movies as much as a movie-length version of the TV series Tales from the Darkside. Maybe they avoided calling it Creepshow 3 due to the poor take from the second movie? Regardless, while the framing device is merely adequate, all three of the stories are chilling enough. The first two stories are in the fine old EC Comics/Creepshow tradition of bad people getting their comeuppance in memorable style. The third is a rather touching romance, all things considered. The best segment is probably the first, with performances from Christian Slater doing his best Jack Nicolson impression, and cult-fave Steve Buscemi as a murderous grad student. But it's all pretty enjoyable if you like that kind of thing.
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