A horror AnthologyFilm based on ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'' television series, released 1990.

Betty, a modern day witch, has captured a little boy named Timmy in order to turn him into a dinner. Timmy stalls her by reading three tales from the favourite book of her childhood: '''''Tales from the Darkside'''''.

# ''Lot 249'': A college student uses his recently purchased mummy to enact vengeance on those who have wronged him. Based on a short story by Creator/ArthurConanDoyle.
# ''The Cat from Hell'': An old businessman hires a hitman to kill a cat, which he claims has killed the other members of his household. Based on a short story by Creator/StephenKing.
# ''Lover's Vow'': After an artist witnesses a gargoyle killing a person, it makes him vow to never tell about it. Based on the legend of Yuki-Onna from Lafcadio Hearn's ''Kwaidan''.

!!The film in general:
* BloodierAndGorier: The movie didn't have to worry about broadcast rules.
* TheMovie
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'' and ''Film/{{Creepshow 2}}''. Considering on how the television series was intially pitched as a spinoff to ''Creepshow'', its isn't much of a stretch.
* YouLookFamiliar: Prior to the film, [[Music/{{Blondie}} Deborah Harry]], Creator/ChristianSlater and William Hickey had appeared in the television show.

!!''Lot 249''
* AntagonistTitle: The mummy is referred to as Lot 249, taken from its auction number.
* AnArmAndALeg: Andy dismembers the mummy's arm and a leg before killing it for good.
* GroinAttack: Andy threatens to roast Bellingham's nuts when he has him tied to a chair.
* HooksAndCrooks: The mummy kills Lee by removing his brain through his nostrils with a coathanger.
* {{Mummy}}: An Egyptian one.
* OffWithHisHead: Andy kills the mummy by decapitating it, and placing its head on the fireplace.
* ShoutOut: Bellingham says that he lost the Penrose Fellowship after being accused of stealing a "Zuni fetish." This is a shout-out to ''Film/TrilogyOfTerror'', another horror AnthologyFilm.

!!''The Cat from Hell''
* AnimalTesting: Drogan believes that the cat has come to make him pay for the thousands dead cats that were tested with his drug.
* AsYouKnow: Halston reminds Drogan about his business to provide exposition to audience.
* CatsAreMean
* ChewingTheScenery: Johansen just hams up the part. He keeps chewing the scenery even when the cat is crawling in Halston's mouth.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The cat not only goes after some people who made millions on a drug that was fatally tested on thousands of cats, but also a servant who merely happened to work for them.
* MoreDakka: Growing frustrated with the cat, Halston picks up the biggest gun from his suitcase to finish it off.
* OrificeEvacuation: When Drogan returns home to see if Halston has succeeded, the cat removes itself from Halston's corpse though the mouth it came in, causing Drogan to have a heart attack.
* OrificeInvasion: The cat kills Halston by forcing itself down his mouth.
* ProfessionalKiller: Halston.
* SecondPersonAttack: We see the cat lunging at his victim, with the camera going right to the victim's mouth just to make it clear that it's an OrificeInvasion.

!!''Lover's Vow''
* CradlingYourKill
* [[spoiler:NonhumanLoverReveal]]: After Preston tells Carola about his encounter with the gargoyle, [[spoiler:she reveals that she is the gargoyle in question]].
* OurGargoylesRock
* TakenForGranite: In the end, the gargoyle places itself on a roof and turns into stone.
* WhamLine: "[[spoiler:YOU PROMISED YOU'D NEVER TELL!]]"

!!The wraparound story
* BreakingTheFourthWall: After killing Betty, Timmy turns to the audience and proclaims how he loves happy endings.
* FramingDevice
* {{Homage}}: To ''Literature/HanselAndGretel'', just with no Gretel.
* IAmAHumanitarian
* MurderByCremation: Timmy kills Betty when he pushes her into her own oven.
* ScheherezadeGambit
* SlipperySkid: Timmy throws marbles to cell floor to make Betty trip.