Friday, April 7, 2017

Day 158: Tales From the Darkside: The Movie

Another anthology of horror, this time based on the television series that used to creep me out when I was a kid. This one hit a lot of my early Hollywood buttons more than my horror buttons.

The frame story is about a little boy who has been captured by a witch (Deborah Harry) who plans to cook him. He reads her stories from a book called Tales From the Darkside to delay his demise. The ending is darkly funny to this when he runs out of stories.

The first real story has Steve Buscemi as a researcher who has figured out how to resurrect a mummy and send him after his enemies. Julianne Moore and Christian Slater play some would-be victims until Slater figures out electric carving knives are the fastest way to deal with a mummy. Of course, things can never be easy in these stories so the end of the mummy is not the end of the tale.

The second story has Buster Poindexter (David Johanssen) as a hitman hired by an old bastard to kill a cat. The old man relates how the cat has killed everyone in the house and then the hunt is on. This has a batshit crazy ending.

The third story is about an artist witnessing a murder committed by a Gargoyle. The gargoyle makes the man promise to never tell a soul about the murder. As the artist lives in silence, his life starts turning around with fame, fortune, a beautiful wife and children. Will his guilty conscience let him keep his secret? What happens if he does tell?

So, all in all, a fun little movie. It has the same feeling as Creepshow (maybe because George Romero and Stephen King collaborated on the cat from hell story). Nothing is too serious or scary here. There are worse ways to spend a few hours.

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