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Tales from the Darkside (1990)

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (original title)
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A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

Director:

John Harrison

Writers:

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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Taglines:

Four Ghoulish Fables in One Modern Nightmare See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The NYC rooftop opening to the "Lover's Vow" segment was accomplished via miniatures. See more »

Goofs

Amanda's position as she rolls downstairs. See more »

Quotes

Halston: I can't believe this, you're hiring me to kill a cat?
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Connections

Referenced in Nightmares in Foam Rubber (2004) See more »

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Flute Quartet Allegro
Written by Kromer
Courtesy of Group Pro Inc./Ole Georg
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solid first story
11 December 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In a seemingly normal upper middle class suburban home, Betty (Debbie Harry) is revealed to be a witch holding Timmy (Matthew Lawrence) prisoner. She's preparing to cook him for her dinner party. He tells her three stories from "Tales from the Darkside" to hold off the inevitable. In the first tale, Andy (Christian Slater) is a friend to the underhanded arrogant rich college guy Lee. Lee is using Andy's sister Susan (Julianne Moore) to do his work and steal a scholarship from Edward Bellingham (Steve Buscemi). Edward has purchased Lot 249 which is a mummy he's looking to resell. A hidden parchment helps him take revenge. The first part is solid. The horror could be done scarier and more gruesome. It does have Slater going against Buscemi. It's solid work.

The second story is less compelling. It's a story told by Timmy about an old guy who tells stories. The best thing about the second story is William Hickey but that's about it. A cat is not scary (at least not here) and it's flat. It tries to be funny and fails. The third tale is a great short story. As a cinematic endeavor, it suffers from a flat middle. James Remar plays an artist who is forced to keep quiet about his encounter with a gargoyle. The gargoyle animatronics is not the best. It looks fake which keeps it from being scary. The surprise twist is great but the story needs more tension in the middle. In total, the movie is an up and down affair.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Bronxville, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,028,096, 6 May 1990

Gross USA:

$16,324,573

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,324,573
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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