Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) - Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: John Harrison
Stars: Debbie Harry, Matthew Lawrence
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 10 out of 72 found boring (13.88%)

One-line Reviews (50)

Very visually gripping and pretty terrifying as a premise, considering I really despise cats.

The short running time of each tale seems to focus the mind of the writer, compelling them to shed unwanted fat and hone efficiently chilling tales of gore and ghouls more regularly than their full length movie counterparts.

There are plenty of unsavory characters and creative special effects work to behold and the wrap-around story itself is as entertaining and engaging as the three main stories.

The segment here is slow, silly and chock-full of terrible acting and fake gore.

Tales From the Darkside: the Movie was a very entertaining film.

Betty agrees to listen to Timmy reading the stories from "Tales From The Darkside" because it's also her favorite book and would make the mundane task of getting everything ready for the meal go a lot faster.

Overall, it's a surprisingly enjoyable film, helped in large part by a good cast.

There's also the fact that it takes way too long to get to its really good parts, concentrating on the romance angle way too much, and the way they get together also is a little unbelievable.

Easily the darkest of the three stories and also the most predictable.

Love is so confusing.

The main thing that stops this one is that it's way too long.

This is an amusing and enjoyable part of the film, though nothing exceptional.

While all of the tales are rather unoriginal, they are extremely entertaining and provide just enough spooky moments.

Although the plot is atrocious, the final ten minutes of the episode are quite entertaining with the hit man battling the cat.

It leads to a frustrating and predictable ending.

A fairly enjoyable anthology movie with some nice effects.

This horror omnibus gives us 4 tales of surprising unoriginality that will keep you guessing at what the next lame horror cliché is going to be, while offering some amusing 80's star watching.

Buscemi is enjoyable though and it's nice to see an old-school mummy.

But it's all pretty enjoyable if you like that kind of thing.

Then, the assassin is left on his own, in an old dark house, to kill the cat, which only leads to all too predictable results.

The other two stories were alright, but I'm not going to lie, they kind of bored me.

Second and most enjoyable yarn, "The Cat from Hell" - Eccentric crippled millionaire Drogan (William Hickey deliciously hamming it up for all its worth) hires smooth professional hit-man Halston (a nicely assured turn by rock singer David Johansen) to bump off a lethal black cat.

The second story Cat from Hell is enjoyable and is one of William Hickey's last roles.

Entertaining horror anthology that's good fun.

However, the reoccurring bleak endings throughout the film make this particular story worth watching.

is an excellent entertaining movie.

I like anthology films & I look for quick fast paced stories with a nice twist at they're end.

None of the stories were very spooky or scary, in fact you could say they were somewhat comical (especially the mummy story), but they all had an intriguing premise.

As with the others, the ending is way too predictable and doesn't really get the chance to become the possible shock it could've had.

The 'Lover's Vow' story was the best one, the other two lacked a bit and dragged on a little.

I mean, I only watched the second and third story and hey, they were so entertaining I was actually mad when the program went off because I wanted to see more horror stories and oh yea...

very entertaining .

First segment, you have Christian Slater living a pretty sweet and pretentious life, filled with Tennis sets and Cardigans.

Typical of 1980's horror movies, it is an entertaining combination of humor and thrills.

This here had a lot of potential, with an intriguing story and some really inspired ideas, notably the idea of the cat's motive for coming back.

'Lot 247' was written by Micheal McDowell based on a story by Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & is a good opening story featuring the familiar faces of Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi & Julianne Moore but I found the ending of this segment weak & predictable which spoilt what had gone on before.

10/10 Lover's Vow Weakest one This started of really well, the creature was very strange but it didn't look scary at all but Kill scenes were really well gory and bloody again, which i really liked Then the story got a little predictable and new twist, 10 years before it happened, I could hide it a bit more.

An intriguing tale and has Rae Dawn Chong in it(a nice asset).

Very entertaining Horror Anthology .

Enjoyable Horror Anthology .

DVD includes an humorous and enjoyable commentary track by the director and screenwriter:George A.

It's entertaining to watch a critically acclaimed actress such as Moore play the hot young coed.

Tales from the Dull Side .

The chemistry between leads James Remar and Rae Dawn Chong is compelling and it makes the conclusion of the story even more chilling.

Lot 249 has a strong cast in the form of Christian Slater, Julianne Moore and Steve Buscemi in which the slow opening can be forgiven through their performances.

Very entertaining and well made short horror stories .

The stories are also very compelling and The second segment- "The cat from hell" written by Stephen King and George Romero, is quite scary.

We get boring recollections of the cat's previous murders, many of which feature ridiculous special effects, the kind where an actor holds a badly designed stuffed cat on their face and wiggles it around to simulate a cat attacking them.

All three stories are highly enjoyable the last story Lovers Vow is great a honor to the now late Michael McDowell.

The wraparound story is quite enjoyable, but the first two stories really drag the whole film down and really make it a little mundane.