Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

1990 Horror, Thriller, Comedy

User Score: 73/100


In anthology style, a child tells three stories of horror to keep from being eaten by a witch.

Tales From the Darkside - The Movie (1990) is an American thriller comedy-horror anthology film that was entertaining to see in the night. I saw this movie in the daytime once, and it did not entertain me (boring), but it is scary when watched in the night. The actors in all the segments did an exceptionally good job with their performances. The movie contains gory scenes, brief nudity, bad language, violence, graphic scenes involving brain being pulled out of the nostril, sexual content and scary moments. Overall, I would recommend all horror fans to watch this movie at least once in the night with an open mind

Tales From the Darkside, by introducing us to its wraparound story starring, Betty (Deborah Harry - Scarface (1983), Trainspotting (1996), This Is the End (2013), Super 8 (2011)) who is a witch and housewife. Betty is planning a dinner party for eight guests and has a special menu. She kidnapped young Timmy (Matthew Lawrence - Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), The Hot Chick (2002), Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (1994), Boy Meets World (1993)) who will be served for dinner. Timmy delays Betty from cooking him while he thinks of a plan to escape by telling her three scary stories and a book. Betty gave him the book, titled Tales from the Darkside.

Segment - Lot 249

Bellingham (Steve Buscemi - Fargo (1996), Reservoir Dogs (1992), The Big Lebowski (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001)) is a graduate student. Bellingham is out for revenge on classmates, Susan (Julianne Moore), and Lee (Robert Sedgwick) who robbed him of his chance of winning a scholarship. Bellingham reanimated a mummy and used the mummy to do his dirty work to get rid of Susan and Lee. What will Susan’s brother Andy (Christian Slater - True Romance (1993), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Name of the Rose (1986)) do when he finds out about Bellingham’s evil doings? This was an okay segment but not the best.

Segment - Cat from Hell

Drogan (William Hickey - The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), One Life to Live (1968), The Name of the Rose (1986), Prizzi’s Honor (1985)) is an old man that is filthy rich and wheelchair-bound. Drogan hires a hitman, Halston (David Johansen - Kick-Ass (2010), Scrooged (1988), The Aviator (2004), Get Him to the Greek (2010)) to kill a black cat. Drogan believes that the black cat is evil and has murdered his sister, her friend, and family’s butler. Drogan believes the devilish cat will kill him next because his pharmaceutical company killed 5,000 cats to test a new drug. Drogan will pay Halston $100,000 if he kills the cat, so Halston accepts the deal although he does not believe the cat killed everyone. Will the cat or Halston win?

Segment - Lover’s Vow

Preston (James Remar - Dexter (2006), Django Unchained (2012), Ratatouille (2007), The Warriors (1979)) is a struggling artist that witnessed a gruesome graphic murder. A gargoyle-like monster killed the bartender and was about to kill Preston until he begged. The gargoyle-like monster agreed to let him go and not kill him if he promises never to tell anyone of what he saw, heard and never describe the gargoyle monster appearance. Preston met a beautiful young lady while worriedly walking home. He invited her, Carola (Rae Dawn Chong - Commando (1985), The Color Purple (1985), Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011), Mysterious Ways (2000)) to his apartment to call for a cab. After some time, they have two kids but after ten years of being together, Preston wants to tell his wife the secret he has been keeping from her about the night they met. Preston wants to tell her because his struggling career is at it peaks and everything about his life changed after Carola entered his life - everything was better. He felt there was nothing else he can give her except to show her the statue he made of the Gargoyle. I was sad to see Carola and the two kids after Preston told the secret he was not supposed to tell. This was the best segment.


Timmy told Betty that he had not told her the best story as Betty approached his cage to open it. He told her that he saved the best story for last and as he is telling her, he is acting it out, and it was beautiful. I love the ending.

About Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

Title: Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
Year: 1990
Starring: Mark Margolis, James Remar, Christian Slater, Julianne Moore, Michael Deak, William Hickey, Steve Buscemi, Rae Dawn Chong, Robert Klein, Alice Drummond, Kathleen Chalfant, Philip Lenkowsky, Ralph Marrero, David Forrester, Larry Silvestri, Deborah Harry, David Johansen, Robert Sedgwick, Donald Van Horn, George Guidall, Paul Greeno, Dolores Sutton, Ashton Wise, Joe Dabenigno, Donna Davidge, Nicolle Rochelle, Matthew Lawrence, Daniel Harrison, Debbie Harry
Director: John Harrison
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.6/5 stars from 11 users. Votes: 11.
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Comedy

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