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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

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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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From the depths of four twisted minds. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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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 »

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The amount of whiskey in Halston's glass as he notices the gash on his shoulder. See more »

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Wyatt: [to Carola] You know, you saved Preston from people like me.
Preston: She saved me from myself.
Wyatt: Time to go. This kind of sincerity is bad for my self-image.
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Referenced in Nightmares in Foam Rubber (2004) See more »

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

 
Terrifying if watched alone late at night
9 May 2001 | by StevenuccjSee all my reviews

One of the top horror-story anthology movies out there (albeit that isn't saying much). Will scare the pants off you if watched late at night by your lonesome. Stories are cleverly placed from least terrifying first to most terrifying at the end. Acting leaves much to be desired, however, with the first story containing the most watchable cast (Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater). Wraparound story is cliched and predictable, but it doesn't really matter.

First story is one of the more interesting mummy tales out there, with Buscemi playing an outsider in a yuppie university who discovers "Lot 249." Lot turns out to be ancient preserved mummy who, of course, wrecks havoc. Twists at the end are good but not exceptional in any way.

Second story is a fantastical tale regarding a vicious cat that never seems to go away. Old man hires hitman to kill cat. Tale is entertaining and unnerving but altogether ridiculous as well. Only for fans of horror, really.

Third story is gem of anthology. Concerns a young man who witnesses a gargoyle savagely kill a man in a dark alley. Man makes vow to never speak of gargoyle to anyone in exchange for his life. Romantic tale ends in shock and horror. Likely to give nightmares.

Overall, this movie is laughable and boring in daytime but can be terrifying at night. Personally I have a tough time choosing favorite tale; each one brings something different to the table. Horror buffs be sure to check this one out if you haven't already.


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