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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

Deborah Harry , Matthew Lawrence , John Harrison  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Deborah Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, David Johansen, William Hickey
  • Directors: John Harrison
  • Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, George A. Romero, Michael McDowell, Stephen King
  • Producers: David R. Kappes, Mitchell Galin, Richard P. Rubinstein
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NG6B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie" on IMDb

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From Stephen King (Pet Sematary), Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice), George A. Romero (Night Of The Living Dead) and Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes) comes Tales From The Darkside: The Movie, an all-star horror anthology packed with fun and fright. "The Wraparound Story" concerns a little boy who spins all the tales... to distract a modern-day witch who wants to pop him in the oven!

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and underrated horror anthology! August 31, 2003
From the producers of " Creepshow 1 & 2" gives us another fine collection of bone-chilling stories, based on the popular 80's TV show that defined the era for Television fear. This movie is about a deadly wicked Witch ( played by Debraoh Harry) who plans on cooking a little boy ( played by Mattew Lawrence) but while she's preparing for the dinner, he reads her three horror stories. The first story is called " Lot 249" which is about a Mummy being resurrected by a Archeologist, the second story is called " Cat From Hell" which is about a hired assassin that has been hired by a old rich man to kill a cat that's really a murderer and the last story is called " Lover's Vow" which tells the story of a New York artist who saw his friend slaughtered by a winged monster and the creature spares the man's life by telling him a promise to not tell anyone about the creature or the murder. But then the artist keeps his promise, he suddenly runs into a woman and falls in love with her then marries her, but can he keep his promise forever?
Very entertaining, spooky and unique anthology flick from the minds of Stephen King, George Romero ( Creator of Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow and Dawn of the Dead), Michael McDowell ( Creator of " Beetlejuice"), Richard P. Rubenstein and Arthur Conan Doyle ( Author of " Sherlock Holms). A great cast such as Steve Buscemi, Rae Dawn Chong from "Commando", " James Remar, Julianne Moore, Christian Slater, Debraoh Harry, William Hickey, and David Johansen. And plenty of superb make-up effects by Robert Kurtzman, the third story however is basically a remake of the "Woman in The Snow" story from the Japanese horror classic " Kwaidan" and the ending to that story will scare the pants off of you.
This is a must see for anyone who loves horror anthologies.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously creepy! April 26, 2007
I first viewed this movie almost a decade ago, and it only gets better with repeated viewing, that's how good it is! The movie begins with a little kid who is trapped in a witch's house, with the witch herself preparing to serve him up as the main course for her coven's dinner. The kid proceeds to buy himself time by telling stories to the witch, and the three stories make up the movie. The first revolves around a college student who uses arcane means to resurrect an ancient mummy for his own purposes [Christian Slater & Julianne Moore are in this], the second is about an old man who hires a hit man to kill a malevolent cat, but the cat has a few tricks in the bag, and the last story [also my favorite] is kind of a romance/horror about a struggling artist who encounters a horrific murder, only to escape death and find true love in the form of the lovely Rae Dawn Chong who harbors some dark secrets of her own. All in all, this is great entertainment and a treat for horror fans.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome horror anthology August 14, 2000
By Seifer
Format:VHS Tape
Note: does contain spoilers.
Tales From The Darkside: The Movie,is a simply awesome horror anthology that's a worthy addition to the world of horror films and a great addition to the multi-story genre.
There are three stories in all.The wrap-around is OK,but could use more guts.However,it has a very cool finale that's very amusing.
The first story is arguably the best.It's titled "Lot 249" and involves an un-bandaged mummy who kills college coeds in VERY gruesome and painful ways.The special F/X are awesome and the gore is very high.The mummy is one of the coolest you'll ever see,not to mention,one of the ugliest.
The second story is almost as good as Lot 249.It titled "Cat From Hell" and involves a murderous black cat.Very chilling and pretty disgusting.
The third tale is my least favorite,but it's still good.It's titled "Lover's Vow",and involves a guy named Preston who witnesses a man get shishkabobed by a Gargoyle.The Gargoyle tells Preston to promise not to tell anyone about the incident. Of course he eventually tells,and the finale is really wicked. The ending will surely scare the crap out of you and the gore F/X are incredibly gross.The Gargoyle looks fantastic too.
This film is an absolute must if your a fan of the multi-story genre,and is well worth buying if your a horror movie fan.
Rated R for very gruesome horror violence,some language and nudity.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales from a cage (spoilers) March 30, 2013
Just a disclaimer: I have never seen any of the "Tales of the Darkside," so I'm judging the movie purely on its own merits.

And while I'm not much of an anthology-movie person, a brief glimpse of "Tales of the Darkside" on TV was all it took to make me hunt down the original movie. The second story has a rather ridiculous climax, but otherwise these three stories are brilliant little horror nuggets, starring black cats, mummies and mysterious women.

The framing story is that a young boy has been kidnapped and caged by a refined suburban witch (Debbie Harry). She plans to eviscerate and roast him for a dinner party she's giving, but he manages to delay her by reading stories from a book she left in the cage.

"Lot 249": A graduate student named Bellingham (played by Steve Buscemi) has been cheated out of a valuable scholarship by a spoiled rich boy (Robert Sedgwick) and his cruel girlfriend (Julianne Moore). But when he uncovers a scroll hidden in the body of an ancient mummy, Bellingham finds a way to unleash revenge on those who have wronged him...

"Cat From Hell": An elderly pharmaceutical magnate named Drogan (William Hickey) hires a hit man (David Johansen) to destroy his greatest enemy: a black cat that he claims has killed three people. The hit man thinks it's stupid, but agrees. But as the night wears on, he finds it difficult to kill the cat -- and soon discovers that he might end dying instead.

"Lover's Vow": A struggling artist (James Remar) witnesses a grotesque gargoyle viciously murder a man, and is only allowed to live when the creature demands a promise of eternal silence about what he has seen.
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Published 1 month ago by bronwyne davies
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trio Of Darkside Tales
This movie stars Deborah Harry,, Matthew Lawrence, Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater, William Hickey, James Remar and more celebrities in this film with stories by numerous renowned... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Here's a movie that definately out does the tv series it's based on
Published 1 month ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie, two thumbs up!!!
Published 1 month ago by Jerome F Branch
4.0 out of 5 stars All Time Favorite
I have always liked this movie and had to have it in my "Never Get Tired of Watching" section.
Published 2 months ago by Norman W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heads or Tales from the darkside...
It had been many years since I've seen this movie.
It was as good as I remembered to be.
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Published 3 months ago by MARCOLO
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the 90's
Couldn't help watching it at least 11 times the first 3 days it was on pay-per-view in august of 90, the Memories are always awesome & so is the Movie, I'm glad I own this DVD in... Read more
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