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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)



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This feature-length spin-off of the popular television horror anthology is directed by John Harrison, who directed many episodes of the television series. The film consists of four grisly and gruesome horror teasers. "The Wraparound Story" stars Deborah Harry as Betty, a chef with a kitchen complete with Cuisinart and dungeon. She plans to cook a little boy, who delays his execution by telling Betty three tales of terror. The first tale is "Lot 249," based on the mummy story by Sir Arthur Conan … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror
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Written By: George A. Romero , Michael McDowell
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On DVD: Sep 25, 2001
Live Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

Harrison never quite transcends the inherently limited format.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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hanks to casting that is savvier than the horror norm, and to direction by John Harrison that is workmanlike and sometimes even witty, at least it's fun.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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This is just another miss along the lines of Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie.

Full Review… | November 17, 2001
Washington Post
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Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | May 4, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

The alternative (competitor?) to the Twilight Zone movie but not quite in the same league in my opinion. The film consists of three stories within a wrap around story told by a boy who is going to eaten by a witch of all things.

First tale see's a man use a 3000 year old mummy to kill a few select people (an adaptation of a Arthur Conan Doyle short). Not a bad story and handled reasonably well with good makeup on the mummy and some bloody deaths dealt out. Big cast names in this story with Buscemi and Christian Slater and a nice ending make this tale the second best of the three.

Second tale is an adaptation of a Stephen King story and the weakest of the three, an old man is sure he is cursed by a cat which is trying to kill him after it supposedly killed his sister. The reason behind this being the old mans pharmaceutical company killed many thousands of cats in testing a new drug. Pretty lame story really which isn't particularly spooky in the slightest. The cat is obviously some sort of demon which is cool and this is shown in the way it kills the hitman who has been hired to get rid of the cat, I just think it could of been more scary or eerie basically.

Third and final tale stars James Remar and is about a guy who witnesses the death of a man by a gargoyle type creature. The creature lets the witness live if he promises not to tell anyone of what he saw. Easily the best story even though its not explained too well and leaves you asking various questions by the end. Some great makeup and effects in the finale as we see a transformation similar to finale in 'The Fly' with Jeff Goldblum, really nicely done without the use of CGI, no surprise with Dick Smith being involved.

Overall not as good as 'Twilight Zone: the Movie' and a bit more adult with its content, more blood 'n' gore on show and some creepy monsters lend itself to some light scares. Still two of the stories are solid and quite sinister which I'm sure fans will enjoy if you like these type of horror anthologies. The overall quality just doesn't quite match the Twilight Zone standard that raised the bar originally.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (also known as the unofficial Creepshow 3 by its creators) is a worthy anthology film with both class and style. The stories aren't perfect (especially the last one) and they don't really cut together all that well, but the tone and style are pitch-perfect. It's great to see old school mechanical and special effects being used before CGI mostly took over the industry. It's also great to see the work of four masters, George Romero, Stephen King, Michael Mcdowell and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, being used as the basis for the the three stories and the wrap-around segment. It's definitely not a perfect horror movie, but it has a lot of substance and doesn't fail to entertain.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Tales from the Dark side: The Movie is according to Tom Savini, the real sequel to Creepshow. I read that somewhere can't be sure. The result of Tales from the Dark side is a film filled with mediocre stories, that don't deliver anything really interesting. Some cast members were interesting, yes, but overall, the film was a pretty big miss. I felt they could've done something a lot better, and what's really sad is that at least one story was fairly good. But unfortunately, it wasn't enough to redeem this horrible anthology of horror stories. I felt that the filmmakers didn't care for the film at all, and made this film in a rush. The results show on screen, and it's almost embarrassing. Tales from the Dark side could've been a better film, but it fails as a whole, and is one of the worst horror anthologies that I have seen. This is a poorly made, poorly written film with a decent enough cast that couldn't even save the film. Tales from the Dark side is a missed opportunity and could have been much better.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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