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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

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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From the depths of four twisted minds. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During a scene in "Lot 249", Dawn of the Dead (1978) can be heard playing from the TV. Its writer/director, 'George A. Romero', wrote the screenplay for the segment "Cat From Hell". See more »

Goofs

In preparing to cook Timmy, Betty remarks that she could never do long division and asks aloud how much is 75 divided by 12. When Timmy answers and asks why, she indicates that she is trying to determine his cooking time. But if she is, she must MULTIPLY 75 by 12. (The answer is 900, or 15 hours.) See more »

Quotes

[the gargoyle has Preston in a corner outside the bar]
Preston: [yells] No! No, please! Please, don't!
Gargoyle: [demonic voice] Your life in exchange for a promise.
Preston: You got it!
Gargoyle: If I let you go, you must swear you'll never say you saw me, never say you heard me speak, never tell anyone how I look, never repeat what I've said. A promise... forever.
Preston: You gotta be kidding.
[the monster raises its claws; growls]
Preston: [convinced] I-I promise!
Gargoyle: Cross your heart?
[the monster deeply scratches Preston's chest, then disappears]
[...]
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Connections

References Kwaidan (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way of All Flesh
Composed and Performed by Jim Manzie
Produced by David J. Holman (as D.J. Holman) and Pat Regan (Manzie Music)
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aka Creepshow 3
22 December 1998 | by GislefSee all my reviews

Okay, not officially, but basically this Romero/King joint effort is a successor to their Creepshow movies as much as a movie-length version of the TV series Tales from the Darkside. Maybe they avoided calling it Creepshow 3 due to the poor take from the second movie? Regardless, while the framing device is merely adequate, all three of the stories are chilling enough. The first two stories are in the fine old EC Comics/Creepshow tradition of bad people getting their comeuppance in memorable style. The third is a rather touching romance, all things considered. The best segment is probably the first, with performances from Christian Slater doing his best Jack Nicolson impression, and cult-fave Steve Buscemi as a murderous grad student. But it's all pretty enjoyable if you like that kind of thing.


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