Saturday nights in the mid-80s was the time when Tales From the Darkside would appear on the local UHF station. It was a nice chilling half hour series that made staying home a rather frightening affair. After the success of George Romero and Stephen King’s Creepshow, there was a desire to turn it into a TV series. Because of various legal issues involving the name, Romero and company called his anthology series Tales From the Darkside. He was able to use a few Stephen King stories for episodes. The show did well for four years. When things wrapped up, Romero and company did a reverse and made a feature film reflecting the attitude of the series. Tales From the Darkside: The Movie is three tales of horror wrapped around Deborah Harry from Blondie wanting to get her main course in the oven. Now the film is coming out on Blu-ray from Scream Factory as Tales From The Darkside: The Movie – Collector’s Edition. There’s plenty of bonus features to explore the elements of the film including an audio track with director John Harrison and George Romero. Here’s the press release from Scream Factory:
SCREAM FACTORY PRESENTS
TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE
ON BLU-RAY™ AUGUST 25, 2020
Brace yourself for some KILLER stories.
Los Angeles, CA – Four ghoulish fables in one modern nightmare. On August 25, 2020, Scream Factory proudly presents the anthology Tales from the Darkside: The Movie. (Collector’s Edition) in its ultimate Blu-ray debut. The horror fan-favorite comes home in a release packed with bonus features, including a new audio commentary with co-producer David R. Kappes and a new six-chapter feature-length documentary featuring a bevy of cast and crew. Fans who order from shoutfactory.com will also receive an exclusive poster, while supplies last.
From the clever and creepy minds of Stephen King (Pet Sematary), Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice), George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead) and Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes), comes an all-star anthology of horror.
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, “The 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.
· 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
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