Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

1990

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

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Four short horror stories from the "masters" in the field. A mummy terrorizes a college dorm. A hitman tries to kill a supernatural cat. A man is haunted by his visions of a gargoyle, and a little boy tries to keep from being cooked by a cannibal. Above average horror fare.

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  • Nov 08, 2017
    Another anthology horror film, much like Creepshow, and almost as good. This one, like the much weaker Creepshow 2, features three stories, plus a wraparound. The first story is about a mummy that comes to life and carries out revenge/justice. Lot 249 is fun, and well cast and acted, but much darker than Creepshow. Not much humor in these tales. The wraparound has some dark humor though. The second tale is the weakest. It's about an old man (the always memorable William Hickey) who is cursed by a black cat who has killed 3 people in his mansion already. The cat is seeking revenge for all the cats experimented on by his drug company. The mood is good, and the camera shots and cinematography is excellent. It is well made. It's just not very scary. The third tale is the best. It's about a gargoyle statute atop a building in NYC that comes alive and makes a deal with the main character. If he promises never to tell anyone he saw the gargoyle or heard it speak, he would be sparred. He meets a pretty woman the same night by coincidence, and they fall in love. His career takes off, and they start a family. However, he is haunted by the night of the gargoyle, and, well, does he keep his promise? Scary, dark and well made with good music. This movie is just about as good as Creepshow, it just lacks one more good story, or if the second had been better, to be great.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2015
    Kind of a hokey horror-comedy, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is too tongue-in-cheek for its own good. In the film a suburban witch is entreated to three tales of horror by a young boy that she's preparing to cook. However, the stories are rather lame; a mummy that comes to life, a killer cat that won't die, and a gargoyle that falls in love. The writing is really poor, and is full of clichés and painfully bad stereotypes. Yet, the cast is surprisingly good, and includes Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, and James Remar. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is mildly entertaining, but it just isn't able to pull off the campiness and clever wit of the television series.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2013
    Overall not entirely bad, the Black Cat segment was good, but the rest were boring as hell. An unnecessary spin off really.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2011
    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 S Super Reviewer

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