Tales From the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

Tales From the Darkside: The Movie (1990, USA) C-93m. * D: John Harrison. Starring Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, William Hickey, Mark Margolis, James Remar, Rae Dawn Chong. Horror anthology CREEPSHOW-style: In the frame narrative a paperboy wants to delay evil Harry's plan to cook him by telling three horror stories (a la Arabian Nights): In the first, starring Buscemi, Slater and Moore, a mummy comes alive on a college campus, the second deals with a professional hitman whose latest target is a black cat, and the third story is about a gargoyle-monster, who turns a luckless artist into a happy person - at a high price. Stories are rather dumb and film lacks thrills. The first story is originally by Arthur Conan Doyle, for the second episode none other than George Romero adapted a short story by Stephen King. This was the follow-up to a TV series of the mid-1980s. Moore's second film (following an inauspicious movie debut in SLAUGHTERHOUSE 2).


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