Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) movie poster

director John Harrison
viewed: 05/30/2015

This 1990 horror compendium features an interesting cast including Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Christian Slater, Debbie Harry, David Johansen, and Rae Dawn Chong.  Evolving from the 1980’s television show of the same name, and featuring stories adapted from Stephen King and George A. Romero, I can’t say exactly why I never saw it back in the day, or worse, if maybe I did see it and somehow it receded back away from my memory.

Clara enjoyed the way that the Debbie Harry wrap-around story invoked the other stories as the boy she plans to cook for dinner tries Scheherazade-style to waylay his death by reading stories.

I’ve been wanting to watch Creepshow (1982) with the kids for a while, my personal favorite of these types of 1980’s horror compendiums.  Maybe now I’ll have to queue it up.

This one isn’t overly memorable, I suppose, though now seeing a young Moore and Buscemi is kind of interesting.  The gargoyle monster creature in the film’s last segment, who is emblazoned on the poster, is pretty cool.  Overall, it’s a moderate success, though, entertaining and fairly fun, if not overly brilliant on the whole.

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