From Stephen King (Pet Sematary), Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice), George A. Romero (Night Of The Living Dead) and Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes) comes Tales From The Darkside: The Movie, an all-star horror... more » anthology packed with fun and fright. "The Wraparound Story" concerns a little boy who spins all the tales... to distract a modern-day witch who wants to pop him in the oven!« less
John Lindsey | Socorro, New Mexico USA. | 09/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the producers of " Creepshow 1 & 2" gives us another fine collection of bone-chilling stories, based on the popular 80's TV show that defined the era for Television fear. This movie is about a deadly wicked Witch ( played by Debraoh Harry) who plans on cooking a little boy ( played by Mattew Lawrence) but while she's preparing for the dinner, he reads her three horror stories. The first story is called " Lot 249" which is about a Mummy being resurrected by a Archeologist, the second story is called " Cat From Hell" which is about a hired assassin that has been hired by a old rich man to kill a cat that's really a murderer and the last story is called " Lover's Vow" which tells the story of a New York artist who saw his friend slaughtered by a winged monster and the creature spares the man's life by telling him a promise to not tell anyone about the creature or the murder. But then the artist keeps his promise, he suddenly runs into a woman and falls in love with her then marries her, but can he keep his promise forever?
Very entertaining, spooky and unique anthology flick from the minds of Stephen King, George Romero ( Creator of Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow and Dawn of the Dead), Michael McDowell ( Creator of " Beetlejuice"), Richard P. Rubenstein and Arthur Conan Doyle ( Author of " Sherlock Holms). A great cast such as Steve Buscemi, Rae Dawn Chong from "Commando", " James Remar, Julianne Moore, Christian Slater, Debraoh Harry, William Hickey, and David Johansen. And plenty of superb make-up effects by Robert Kurtzman, the third story however is basically a remake of the "Woman in The Snow" story from the Japanese horror classic " Kwaidan" and the ending to that story will scare the pants off of you.
This is a must see for anyone who loves " Creepshow", " Goosebumps", "Tales from The Crypt" or " Asylum"."
Awesome horror anthology
Seifer | 08/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Note: does contain spoilers.Tales From The Darkside: The Movie,is a simply awesome horror anthology that's a worthy addition to the world of horror films and a great addition to the multi-story genre.There are three stories in all.The wrap-around is OK,but could use more guts.However,it has a very cool finale that's very amusing.The first story is arguably the best.It's titled "Lot 249" and involves an un-bandaged mummy who kills college coeds in VERY gruesome and painful ways.The special F/X are awesome and the gore is very high.The mummy is one of the coolest you'll ever see,not to mention,one of the ugliest.The second story is almost as good as Lot 249.It titled "Cat From Hell" and involves a murderous black cat.Very chilling and pretty disgusting.The third tale is my least favorite,but it's still good.It's titled "Lover's Vow",and involves a guy named Preston who witnesses a man get shishkabobed by a Gargoyle.The Gargoyle tells Preston to promise not to tell anyone about the incident. Of course he eventually tells,and the finale is really wicked. The ending will surely scare the crap out of you and the gore F/X are incredibly gross.The Gargoyle looks fantastic too.This film is an absolute must if your a fan of the multi-story genre,and is well worth buying if your a horror movie fan.Rated R for very gruesome horror violence,some language and nudity."
z hayes | TX | 04/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first viewed this movie almost a decade ago, and it only gets better with repeated viewing, that's how good it is! The movie begins with a little kid who is trapped in a witch's house, with the witch herself preparing to serve him up as the main course for her coven's dinner. The kid proceeds to buy himself time by telling stories to the witch, and the three stories make up the movie. The first revolves around a college student who uses arcane means to resurrect an ancient mummy for his own purposes [Christian Slater & Julianne Moore are in this], the second is about an old man who hires a hit man to kill a malevolent cat, but the cat has a few tricks in the bag, and the last story [also my favorite] is kind of a romance/horror about a struggling artist who encounters a horrific murder, only to escape death and find true love in the form of the lovely Rae Dawn Chong who harbors some dark secrets of her own. All in all, this is great entertainment and a treat for horror fans."
Wonderful horror anthology.
Philip Hammons | Crossett, AR | 10/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike the silly television series, Tales From the Darkside: The Movie, takes you on a heck of a ride as a boy spins three harrowing tales of horror to a modern day witch (Harry) who wants to pop him in the oven! The first anthology tale ,"Lot 249", is a tale in which a mummy is suddenly brought to live and gruesomely murders several college coeds. A very ugly mummy to say the least.
The 2nd tale is about an old rich man who hires a hitman to kill an evil black cat in "The Cat From Hell". Gore hounds will love this one!
The 3rd tale is probably my favorite, "The Lovers Vow". It is a very moving tale about a poor artist who is the eye witness to a live gargoyle. The gargoyle promises not to kill the man if he will promise to never tell anyone about seeing the gargoyle. The man agrees and promises to never tell a soul, and the gargoyle lets him live. But can the man truly keep his promise? Find out.
This movie is awesome. I love it. If you love bloody horror anthologies then this is just the flick for you.
Rated R for violence, gore, language, some nudity, and a scene of suggested sex."
BLONDIE THE CHEF
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 11/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This 80s movie based on a tv series is one of those anthology horror movies, with the wraparound segment pretty humorous. Deborah Harry seems to be in rapture as a housewife/witch who has kidnapped a little boy and is planning to serve him as the main dish for a coven dinner party. He tries to stall her by reading her stories from TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, which gives us the three stories in the film: The first one features Christian Slater, Julianne Moore and Steve Buscemi in a story about revenge via an ancient mummy. Buscemi and Moore demonstrate their early talent but Slater has yet to evolve beyond the geekish nerd he frequently played back then. The story has a few suspenseful moments with a twist ending. The middle tale revolves around hitman David Johansen who has been hired by cranky old William Hickey to kill a dangerous black cat that has wiped out his friends and is planning on killing Hickey too. The cat wins in this one, folks. The final tale features talented James Remar who plays a struggling artist who encounters a murderous gargoyle creature who promises to spare his life if he never tells anyone about it. Soon Remar meets lovely Rae Dawn Chong and they get married..and, well...things don't turn out too well. Robert Klein plays Remar's manager. The stories are well done and effective, and horror fans should have a good time."