Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: John Harrison
Starring: Debbie Harry, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi
Rated: R/Region A/1.85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

To keep from being eaten by a modern-day witch (Deborah Harry, Videodrome), a young paperboy weaves three twisted stories to distract her. In “Lot 249,” a vengeful college student (Steve Buscemi, Fargo) resuscitates an evil mummy to teach unsuspecting student bodies (Julianne Moore, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Christian Slater, Mr. Robot) a lesson in terror. Then, “Cat From Hell” is a furry black feline who cannot be killed … he may have nine lives, but those who cross his path are not so lucky. Finally, in “Lover’s Vow,” a stone gargoyle comes to life … to commit murder. In this classic cult favorite, fear comes in threes.

In what was basically the rightful Creepshow 3, Tales from the Darkside the Movie does a fine job of both honoring the original intent and maybe even surpassing the quality of the TV show it is named after. The show opens with a cool witch-themed wrap-around that really does seem to bring in the true spirit of all good anthology films from the 80s and early 90s. We then go into Lot 249, which is a nice tale about a mummy. The Stephen King story, The Cat from Hell, comes to life next as a hitman is hired to kill a cat that someone says is evil. How evil is this cat? Well, they are willing to pay $100,000 for the cat to be killed. So, that should tell you all you need to know there. Then finally we have probably what could be the best of the three, Lover’s Vow. A guy sees something that he swears he’ll never tell anyone about. Can he keep that promise? The end results of that one might be why we all love this one even today.

Tales from the Darkside the Movie is a campy movie, but that’s what makes it fun. For the longest time we waited for this one to hit Blu-ray from Paramount but they passed it over to Scream Factory for this Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and I can easily say it was worth the wait. Directed by John Harrison and having both George Romero and Stephen King heavily involved, this is a movie that is very much worth you seeking out to see if you haven’t already. If you have, then this Blu-ray is a must-have for fans of it. Aside from the good transfer and quality of the movie, the disc packs interviews, a commentary, and more.


  • NEW Audio Commentary With Co-Producer David R. Kappes
  • NEW Tales Behind The Darkside: The Making Of Four Ghoulish Fables – A Six-Chapter, Feature-Length Documentary Featuring Director John Harrison, Producer Mitchell Galin, Director Of Photography Robert Draper, Production Designer Ruth Ammon, Special Make-Up & Creature Effects Artists Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero, And Howard Berger, Creature Performer Michael Deak, Actors James Remar And Rae Dawn Chong And Editor Harry B. Miller
  • Audio Commentary With Director John Harrison And Co-Screenwriter George A. Romero
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Stills Gallery
  • Behind-The-Scenes Gallery
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage Compilation

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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