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Tales from the Darkside
From the depths of four twisted minds.
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.
really wanted the Robert Klein segment to be about a guy who is unable to stop his leg ... from killing
An anthology horror film inspired by the anthology horror television series, "Tales from the Darkside" is a passable slice of early '90s genre cinema. With a wrap-around story about a young boy trying not to get cooked in a woman's oven, the film focuses on three segments involving a mummy, a cat, and a gargoyle, respectively. The segments, based on short stories by Stephen King and Arthur Conan Doyle, to name two of the film's inspirations, range from slight to gruesome; but each has its horrific charms.
Cast with recognizable faces like Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, and James Remar, the performances do what they need to do. The production is appropriately solid, and the film's gory effects work well. The…
Hoop-tober, Film #12
Anthology films are almost always a mixed bag. Most of the time, you're lucky if one of the stories is worth a damn. If two of them are good, it's impressive. If three of them are good, it's an honest to God miracle. That's part of why "Pulp Fiction" remains one of the greatest films ever made. It tells multiple stories, has them connect in fascinating, electrifying ways, and maintains the same quality throughout the tales being told. Compare it to even one of the better anthology films, "Creepshow" for example, and you'll appreciate the excellence of "Pulp Fiction" all the more.
Needless to say, "Tales from the Darkside" isn't on the level of "Pulp Fiction". However,…
Cross your heart?
George A. Romero, along with horror icon Stephen King, first gave us Creepshow in theaters, but then ran into a few problems when he tried to create a television series out of it. Does Romero own the rights to anything he's created? A few tweaks and a name change gave us four seasons of the horror anthology Tales from the Darkside on television before it came full circle with it's own theatrical film. Most fans would agree with Tom Savini when he calls this the real Creepshow 3.
The anthology here keeps it nice and simple with only 3 shorts with one wraparound. Two of the shorts are adapted short stories from none other then Arthur…
One star each for Dick Smith, KNB and everyone else.
I felt old when nobody else in the theater giggled at Buster Poindexter repeatedly saying "hot."
A film I've got a soft spot for, and the commentary track with John Harrison and George Romero is a good example of the lively sort of discourse you get when filmmakers are old friends. They spend as much time talking about horror as a genre and their philosophies around making movies and storytelling as they do about what's on screen, but there are some interesting reminisces (Harrison in particular touts how happy he is with the DVD transfer), particularly when it comes to an incredibly-young-looking Julianne Moore and a barely pubescent Steve Buscemi in the mummy segment, and a breakdown of the challenges in the middle sequence, which is mostly David Johansen chasing a cat.
Another thing--the FX company…
Some nice effects but suffers in comparison to Creepshow.
Oh has this dated. Though I don't think I can remember watching it when it came out. Neither scary nor funny enough. Like it was made for kids. Better off watching the original Creepshow again.
Typically uneven dark-comic horror anthology...basically a CREEPSHOW 3. Only the final segment shows signs of life, though all three showcase impressive KNB effects. Take off points for a total waste of Robert Klein.
Full review at Johnny LaRue's Crane Shot:
If you, like me, wish that the Goosebumps TV show was able to show gore, this is the movie for you.
Intro/Epilogue: 1 1/2 stars
Lot 249: 2 1/2 stars
Cat from Hell: 3 1/2 stars
Lover's Vow: 3 stars
I've liked it more in retrospect, though this was my first time seeing it; in other words, reverse engineering history.
The problem with anthology films is basically none of them are any good. This one is no exception.
Yet another horror anthology that is wildly uneven. The first segment is entertaining merely because it stars pre-fame Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore, but otherwise it's mostly boring. The second segment is just completely ridiculous, even for something like this. It is saved at the last minute, however, by some awesomely gruesome effects. The third segment is easily the best. In addition to having some fantastic creature effects, the whole thing turns out to be oddly affecting. I predicted the twist almost instantly (since you know there's going to be an ironic twist, it's not too hard to figure it out), but it still packed a surprising punch. Overall, this is about on par with Creepshow one and two, which feels about right since this is essentially an unofficial Creepshow 3.
There's a movie where Steve Buscemi summons Julian Moore back from the dead to kill Christian Slater and I'd somehow never heard of it.
It's a pretty bad movie, but worth it just to see Christian Slater vs. Steve Buscemi.
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