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1[[quoteright:350:]]²²A horror AnthologyFilm based on ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'' television series, released 1990. ²²In the film's FramingDevice, Betty, a modern day witch, has captured a little boy named Timmy in order to [[IAmAHumanitarian turn him into a dinner]]. Timmy [[ScheherezadeGambit stalls her by reading three tales]] from the favourite book of her childhood: ''Tales from the Darkside''.²²# ''Lot 249'': A college student (Creator/SteveBuscemi) uses his recently purchased mummy to enact vengeance on those who have wronged him. Based on a short story by Creator/ArthurConanDoyle.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 Creator/StephenKing; script by Creator/GeorgeARomero.²# ''Lover's Vow'': After an artist (Creator/JamesRemar) witnesses a gargoyle killing a person, it makes him vow to never tell about it. Based on the legend of {{Yukionna}} from Lafcadio Hearn's ''Film/{{Kwaidan}}''.²²----²!!The film in general:²²* BloodierAndGorier: The movie didn't have to worry about broadcast rules.²* TheFilmOfTheSeries: Not only that...²** TitleDrop: We have the book Timmy reads from ''actually being called'' "Tales from the Darkside", making this the ''only'' time the title had any relevance in the series proper.²* GrandFinale: Ignoring the attempts at a reboot, including the IDW miniseries, ''this'' is currently the official end of the ''Darkside'' franchise.²* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'' and ''Film/{{Creepshow 2}}''. Considering on how the television series was initially pitched as a spinoff to ''Creepshow'', it isn't much of a stretch.²** In fact, [[WordOfGod Tom Savini]] has gone on record to state that ''this'' is the ''real'' ''Creepshow 3'', unlike the InNameOnly one that came out 16 years later.²²!!''Lot 249''²* AntagonistTitle: The mummy is referred to as Lot 249, taken from its auction number.²* AnArmAndALeg: Andy dismembers the mummy's arm and a leg before killing it for good.²* TheBadGuyWins: Bellingham ultimately gets the last laugh, an AdaptationalAlternateEnding of the original story where he was defeated.²* GroinAttack: Andy threatens to roast Bellingham's nuts when he has him tied to a chair.²* HooksAndCrooks: The mummy kills Lee by removing his brain through his nostrils with a coathanger.²* {{Mummy}}: An Egyptian one.²* NeckLift: The mummy has one hand holding Lee against a wall several inches off the floor, while the other hand has the aforementioned coathanger.²* RealityEnsues: With the mummy being thousands of years old it leaves its body open for vulnerability. Which Andy takes full advantage of during the final portion of the act.²* OffWithHisHead: Andy kills the mummy by decapitating it, and placing its head on the fireplace.²* 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. ²²!!''The Cat from Hell''²* AnimalTesting: Drogan believes that the cat has come to make him pay for the thousands of dead cats that were tested with his drug.²* AsYouKnow: Halston reminds Drogan about his business to provide exposition to audience.²* AttackTheMouth: Halston is killed by the cat leaping into his mouth, and then the cat goes far enough down Halston's throat to cause him to choke to death.²* BodyHorror: Just wait until you see what that darn cat does at the end.²* CatsAreMean: Or just this one cat, seeking revenge.²* ChewingTheScenery: Johansen just hams up the part. He keeps chewing the scenery even when the cat is crawling in Halston's mouth.²* 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. In fairness, Drogan sent said servant to take the cat out and kill it.²* EatTheCamera: When the cat leaps into Halston's mouth, it's done with a shot of the camera going right at Halston's face.²* EldritchAbomination: If it wasn't obvious from the vignette's title and backstory that the cat is no ordinary feline, it certainly is by the time the cat is shrugging off .44 slugs and crawling down a man's esophagus to kill him.²* GroinAttack: At one point the cat attacks Halston and claws through the bottom of his pants, only centimeters away from where his crotch is.²* MoreDakka: Growing frustrated with the cat, Halston picks up the biggest gun from his suitcase to finish it off.²* 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.²* OrificeInvasion: After the cat leaps into Halston's mouth and kills him, the cat forces itself all the way into Halston's body through his throat. It spends the night resting in Halston's torso.²* ProfessionalKiller: Halston is a hitman.²* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Halston makes several failed attempts to catch the cat before considering simply using one of the guns in his case. He finally does get fed up enough to go straight for his HandCannon, [[spoiler:only to have the bullet harmlessly pass through the cat]].²²!!''Lover's Vow''²* AdultFear: There's little other way to characterize a story where the main character is a barely-employed entrepreneur on the verge of starvation. [[spoiler: Or where the protagonist's wife leaves him and takes their children with her, even if in this case it's for supernatural reasons rather than divorce.]]²** Considering the manner in which she "divorces" him, he'd probably have preferred the legal way.²* CradlingYourKill: [[spoiler:The gargoyle enfolds/cradles her husband in her bat-like wings and bites him on the neck, laying him gently on the ground as he bleeds to death. She then howls in remorse.]]²* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:It turns out that Carola was actually the gargoyle, and Preston inadvertently broke his promise in telling her, so he is killed.]]²* LoopholeAbuse: Inverted: as it turns out, [[spoiler:telling the gargoyle ''about'' the gargoyle still counts as telling anyone about the gargoyle]].²* OurGargoylesRock: [[spoiler:Not just a stony beast, it can also turn into a human]].²* TheReveal: [[spoiler:After Preston tells Carola about his encounter with the gargoyle, she reveals that [[NonhumanLoverReveal she is the gargoyle in question]]]].²* SpoilerTitle: [[spoiler:No points for guessing how.]]²* TakenForGranite: In the end, the gargoyle places itself on a roof and turns into stone.²* WhamLine: "''[[spoiler:YOU '''PROMISED''' YOU'D NEVER TELL!]]''"²²!!The wraparound story²* AssholeVictim: Betty, considering what she planned to do to Timmy. ²* BreakingTheFourthWall: After killing Betty, Timmy turns to the audience, eats a cookie and proclaims how he loves happy endings.²* FauxAffablyEvil: Betty always talks to Timmy in a calm manner and doesn't even raise her voice at him once even though it's clear she's realizing he's stalling for time reading from the book and starting to get annoyed by it, and all while she's preparing to cook him alive.²* {{Homage}}: To ''Literature/HanselAndGretel'', just with no Gretel.²* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: While the other stories all end in a DownerEnding, the wraparound segment winds up being a case of EarnYourHappyEnding as Timmy is able to escape being eaten.²* MurderByCremation: Timmy kills Betty when he pushes her into her own oven.²* NotUsingTheZWord: Astute viewers may notice that neither Betty nor Timmy use the word "witch" in their conversation; this is implied by the broomstick leaning against the wall in the first scene and Betty's actions.²* SlipperySkid: Timmy throws marbles to cell floor to make Betty trip.


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