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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…
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."
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie didn't leave much of an impression on me when I was a kid (though I liked the show), but I wanted to revisit it after repeatedly hearing horror fans refer to it as the real Creepshow 3. Much of the film's cast and crew worked on the earlier Creepshow movies, and director John Harrison composed the scores for Creepshow and Day of the Dead. After rewatching it, I still have a slight preference for Creepshow 2, which is just as uneven but has higher highs ("Thanks for the ride, lady!"). The weakest chapter here is the first, a college-set revenge story involving a newly resurrected mummy; the mummy effects are pretty nifty, as is…
Wraparound Story: Deborah Harry and Matthew Lawrence in a tale about a boy trying to stall a witch before she can eat him. This segment works in so much as it gets us to the other stories but the way the witch just seems to not worry about her dinner party and would rather hear the stories is kind of odd. You'd think she'd want to get that kid in the oven.
Lot 249: Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore in a fun revenge tale involving an Egyptian mummy. The mummy makeup is pretty damn creepy. Steve Buscemi is great as the college kid who brings the mummy to life. I almost didn't recognize Juilianne Moore, I had never…
The best part hands down was in "Cat From Hell", when we see the (fake) black cat climbing all the way INTO David Johansen's (real) mouth, and then the (real/bewildered) cat struggle to climb OUT of Johansen's (very fake) mouth.
"Tales From the Darkside" was a fairly entertaining horror program in the 1980's, so it was only a matter of time until we saw a feature film, especially since anthologies were a hot medium at the time. The name is the only connection to the series, as everything else is completely unrelated, and despite the amazing amount of talent behind the scenes, the film is shockingly ordinary.
The first story, "Lot 249," written by Michael McDowell, is your standard revenge tale, bit it is told with style and a lot of familiar faces. There's nothing particularly scary or special about it, but it does wrap up with a fun little twist.
The second story, entitled "Cat From Hell," was clearly…
I loved these anthology shows in the 80s and 90s while growing up, so the first two stories as well at the wrap around story are fun but forgettable stories but the last story "Lover's Vow" is awesome, reminds me of something that would've, could've, should've been in The Twilight Zone. "YOU PROMISED YOU'D NEVER TELL!!!"
A fun anthology Horror movie....my favorite is the final segment with the killer cat although I enjoyed them all. Deborah Harry's between segments are also good with a bit of humor.
As an owner of a cat who likes to shit in my bed whenever I make him mad, the cat story literally had me in stitches.
Anthologies are always tricky, but I had seen this as a kid, and the final piece always had an element that stuck with me as being truly scary. I think it hits on the idea of how people change, you can build a life with someone, and one day it can fall apart. Still the other two stories are kinda weak.
I can't fucking believe my wife doesn't think 1990 Christian Slater is cute. I'm getting a divorce.
I dig the bright, humorous sensibilities of CREEPSHOW but I also appreciate the visually darker and more grim material on display here. TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE succeeds in flexing the tone of the TV series, also shared by some better episodes of the 80s Twilight Zone and other anthology shoes of the time.
Glad I got to see this in 35mm and, in the process, get my first taste of DAWN OF THE DEAD in 35 ... on a TV in the background. The story I've always heard is that Rubinstein doesn't allow DAWN to screen for some goofy reason. Perhaps that reason is godforsaken digital 3D version he's been inching forward on for the last decade.
The real sad thing about this is I don't doubt that after Romero passes on that Rubenstein may open the vault to reap all that fat DAWN rep screening cash. Fuck that. Makes me sick.
Confirmed classic. Lovable.
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