It’s been well-documented on the site and the podcast that I am an aficionado of horror anthologies. It is my favorite subgenre of horror. I love their malleability. Some anthologies can be socially relevant (Tales from the Hood) or terrifying (Three… Extremes) but most are just plain fun. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie falls in this third category. It’s a blast. Directed by Creepshow alumnus John Harrison and featuring much of the same crew and creative team of that stellar 1982 anthology, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is (according to some) the unofficial Creepshow 3. After the underwhelming box office performance of Creepshow 2, the brand name was in decline, so the powers-that-be decided to use the brand name of Tales from the Darkside (which was a popular anthology series in the 1980s) for the project. I’ve never seen an episode of the TFTD series so I can’t say if the film is a good representation of it, but as a spiritual sequel to Creepshow it falls in line nicely.
The wrap-around to Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is just okay. It features a young boy (Matthew Lawrence) being held prisoner by a witch (Deborah Harry) and to delay his execution he tells her stories from a massive book entitled (appropriately) Tales from the Darkside. It’s fun in a Grimms’ Fairy Tales way but also slight and pretty brief. The film doesn’t have a great host like some other anthologies have had.
Bed of Roses; this is a reference that probably only does something for me) and going crazy with his trademark Jack Nicholson impression, a la Heathers. I think that’s my favorite part of “Lot 24,9” which is that your audience sympathy keeps continuously changing. Everybody is a shit but then a character will get a comeuppance and all of a sudden you’re like “well that was maybe too harsh, I hope so and so exacts THEIR revenge now.” But “Lot 249” is just a taste of what’s to come.
Earlier this week our friend E.S.A.D.D. said in the Weekend Open Thread that F This Movie! is a place for people to discover movies above all else. With that sentiment in mind, I hope those of you looking for a cool, fun, crowd-pleasing horror party-movie give Tales from the Darkside: The Movie a shot this October. Happy Scary Movie Month everybody!