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Tales From the Darkside: The Movie [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000USU99E

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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) is a spin-off movie of the original TV series, Tales from the Darkside (1983). It is from the original team who brought you Creepshow (1982): Stephen King, George A. Romero, Richard P. Rubenstein, and John Harrison. The film was originally going to be titled Creepshow 3, according to special effects make-up artist, Tom Savini; although this is only a rumour. It is a portmanteau - or anthology - film within the horror genre.

The film begins with the wraparound story, a tale about a young boy, Timmy (Matthew Lawrence) who is kidnapped by a crazed suburban housewife (Deborah Harry) and locked in a cellar whilst she prepares dinner for her guests (Timmy is to be the main course). In order to stall her, Timmy begins reading the first of three stories from a book she has left him to read, a book she loved as a child.

The first story is called Lot 249 and is based upon a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle; it is adapted by Michael McDowell. Two university students, Susan (Julianne Moore) and Lee (Robert Sedgwick), cheat fellow student Bellingham (Steve Buscemi) out of a scholarship by framing him for the theft of a valuable artefact. Bellingham's roommate - Susan's brother - Andy (Christian Slater) discovers that an ancient mummy Bellingham has purchased can be brought back to life. Bellingham seeks revenge for being set up by the two lovers, whilst at the same time, Andy has his own revenge plans for Bellingham.

The second story, The Cat From Hell, is based on a short tale by Stephen King and is directed by George A. Romero. In this segment a miserly millionaire, Drogan (William Hickey), has spent his life running a pharmaceutical company that produce drugs for people with heart conditions. His main test subjects are cats.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2014
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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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Tales From The Darkside is the movie Tom Savini called "the real Creepshow 3", it's a fun film in similar vein to that of Creepshow 1 and 2 and had Stephen King and George A. Romero involved. In truth it was never intended to be Creepshow 3, it was actually based on the television show Tales From The Darkside that ran between 1983-1988, and King and Romero were only involved in one of the three stories.

The film opens with the wraparound story that stars Blondie's Deborah Harry as a woman who is planning on cooking a young boy in a nod to Hansel and Gretel, in a bid to stall her the young boy tells her three ghastly tales. The first tale is about revenge involving a Mummy and it stars a young looking Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater and Julianne Moore. Secondly there is the Stephen King based story with George Romero doing the screenplay, it's another take on Edgar Allen Poe's The Black Cat and stars William Hickey in his usual "cantankerous old man" role and David Johansen as a hitman. James Remar gives a good performance in the third and best of the tales, he stars as a struggling artist who meets the Rae Dawn Chong character and his life seems to be perfect, it will stay that way if he can keep a promise he made. This tale is very similar to one of the segments in the wonderful Japanese horror anthology called Kwaidan. The wraparound story ends the film nicely with a touch of humour that is sprinkled throughout the movie.

It isn't particularly scary or humorous, but it does mix enough of both to work. There's enough well known faces in the movie to ensure the acting is of a pretty high standard, Deborah Harry did well considering she's far better known for her singing.
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