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Film: Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

A horror Anthology Film based on Tales from the Darkside 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.

  1. 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 Arthur Conan Doyle.
  2. 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 Stephen King.
  3. 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:

Lot 249

  • Antagonist Title: The mummy is referred to as Lot 249, taken from its auction number.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Andy dismembers the mummy's arm and a leg before killing it for good.
  • Groin Attack: Andy threatens to roast Bellingham's nuts when he has him tied to a chair.
  • Hooks and Crooks: The mummy kills Lee by removing his brain through his nostrils with a coathanger.
  • Mummy: An Egyptian one.
  • Off with His Head!: Andy kills the mummy by decapitating it, and placing its head on the fireplace.
  • Shout-Out: Bellingham says that he lost the Penrose Fellowship after being accused of stealing a "Zuni fetish." This is a shout-out to Trilogy of Terror, another horror Anthology Film.

The Cat from Hell

  • Animal Testing: Drogan believes that the cat has come to make him pay for the thousands dead cats that were tested with his drug.
  • As You Know: Halston reminds Drogan about his business to provide exposition to audience.
  • Cats Are Mean
  • Chewing the Scenery: Johansen just hams up the part. He keeps chewing the scenery even when the cat is crawling in Halston's mouth.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
  • More Dakka: Growing frustrated with the cat, Halston picks up the biggest gun from his suitcase to finish it off.
  • Orifice Evacuation: 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.
  • Orifice Invasion: The cat kills Halston by forcing itself down his mouth.
  • Professional Killer: Halston.
  • Second Person Attack: 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 Orifice Invasion.

Lover's Vow

The wraparound story

EC ComicsAnthology FilmTales from the Hood
Suspect ZeroCreator/ParamountTargets
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alternative title(s): Tales From The Darkside The Movie; Tales From The Darkside
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