Belongs on the scifi channel, where I first saw it as a kid. Though I understand the desire to appear in your own movies, I don't think John Carpenter does a good job as the storyteller, better off behind the camera, and Tobe Hooper out acts him with a mere three lines. None of the three stories stand out. The first is best directed in terms of pacing and visuals, but the second has the strongest storyline. The third one shows us Mark Hamill at his acting worst, and ends in anti-climatic and predictable manner. All these stories suffer from the usual hiccups of horror scripts - too many illogical details placed within it just to attach one scare to another. Not a classic like so many horror fans claim. Basically a bunch of horror directors got together to do a cameo fest under the guise of a "Tales from the Darkside" type scary stories compilation. Not as good as another crapulation from the same era, Creepshow.