Yet ANOTHER TV Terrors Episode everyone!!!

Yes Dear HorrorFiends! The very first review of an Are You Afraid of the Dark Episode…and NO! it is not that damn clown episode.

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HIDDEN HORROR FOR HALLOWEEN – POE Project of Evil

poe Project of EvilI believe one should honor Edgar Allan Poe in some way during the fright season, some read his stories, others listen to audio readings of his stories and some even seek out movies based on his works like i did. After searching for enjoyable Poe movies online i came across a Poe inspired anthology released by Brain Damage films called “POE project of Evil” which is 7 short films from filmmakers from around the world that are adaptations of Poe stories. And this little anthology packed with monsters, gory mayhem and bleak endings.

“the Pit and the Pendulum” is a rather different and modern take on the story. It is in a more futuristic torture chamber you can say and ends with a rather old school and cool looking monster.  “Alone” is one filled with Torture and a man forced to do horrendous acts, fans of the 00’s Torture subgenre might like this one. “Loss of Breath” is a sleazy tale of a porn star who gets tortured by some thugs and involves a graphic Castration scene.

Now the segment based on Murders in the Rue Morgue titled “Morgue Street” is perhaps the most powerful and shocking out of the whole anthology. It’s sleazy and disturbing, filled with flashing colored lighting reminiscent of Dario Argento. But the most shocking and horrific scene in the segment involves a prostitute getting cut up with a straight Razor in cringe inducing fashion and is then followed by a scene that left my jaw drop. I cannot spoil it, I would say seek out this anthology just for the “Morgue Street” segment.

The next Segments, “Tell Tale Heart” is a rather slow and thought provoking take on the tale and set in south east asia. “The System of Dr. Tar and Prof. Feather” is a powerful, gruesome and artsy one with some genuine gruesome moments and a stylistic feel to it and the final segment ‘the Premature Burial” has a nice twist at the ending that makes a good twist to the classic Poe story.

All in all this is a well put together Anthology film celebrating Edgar Allan Poe but all in different ways from different filmmakers. If you love indie horror, gruesome horror and the works of the great Mr. Poe then seek out this very obscure anthology. It is a great “Poe Movie” for you Halloween season – James J. Coker

TERROR TV FOR HALLOWEEN – Goosebumps – The Haunted Mask

The_Haunted_MaskFrom 1992 to the latter end of that decade, children across the United States of America would often flock to their local supermarkets(usually with parents in tow), and happily approach the “Goosebumps” display rack located within its walls. We all remember that awesome looking logo slapped on all the books in various colors. It was one of the most easily recognizable registers to our world, right next to the golden arches and the “D” in Disney that we all thought was a G for the longest period. Within the pages of these books we’d chronicle what was then considered to be some fairly creepy stuff. Through basement dwelling mistakes to Yeti’s that claim a northern based LA suburb as their home, R.L. Stein made sure we had our choice of cool kid reading material narrowed down to one option. As the series took off, merchandising did as well. We saw school supplies, home decor, video games(most notably “Escape From Horrorland”, which was AWSOME!)and even its own anthology horror show. This show was great for kids who’d want to take a break from Nickelodeon’s take on scare-of-the-week programming. Much like the aforementioned show however, the acting, production value and translation to film was never that great. But we didn’t care. Not only was this show not about the technical stuff, it had something extra behind it that “Are Afraid of the Dark?” and “So Weird” didn’t. It had adaptation from highly collectible source material. Shove that in your crypt and smoke it.

    Not only one is it regarded as of the best books in the series, “The Haunted Mask” has also been deemed as one of the best episodes of the original television series as well. Opening to a pretty unique, independently run Halloween shop, Carly Beth(a name you simply can’t forget)and her best friend Sabrina are on their way to pick out some pumpkins to perform lobotomies on. Once they get to the patch, we quickly learn that Carly Beth is tortured beyond reason by her classmates, and her being scared of her own shadow doesn’t help matters any. Returning home and full of humiliation, she must witness the terror that is an overly affectionate mother. Having just made a plastered replica of her own daughter’s face in art class that same day, Carly has every right to be as creeped as she is. After experiencing what should have been the low point of her day, her mom then reminds her of the incredible duck costume she’ll be wearing this year! After declaring that she wants to be scary for once on Halloween, her mom then sends her 5 steps backward. She her little brother jumps out of her room and scares her with it. Yes that’s correct, she gets scared by a duck costume… Well, let’s not stop the barrage of bad luck just yet. Lest we forget the next day at school, in which her 2 neighborhood bullies, Chuck and Steve, decide to pull the old, “Let’s distract her with fake apologies so we can slip an earthworm into her sandwich and risk giving her dysentery” trick. Try watching up this point while listening to Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life” for the full effect. If the viewer is at all educated on the general chain of events that take place in the origins of vigilantism, seeing her return to that cool little Halloween store from the beginning will help anyone confirm her actions.

    As she arrives at the store, she is greeted by a creepy, pissed off, Bela Lugosi-ish store owner. He tries to kick her out due to the store being closed, but she timidly begs for 5 minutes to buy something scary enough to exact revenge on Chuck, Steve and her brother. With her wish granted, she get’s distracted by a backroom full of really high quality faces. With the owner busy on a phone call and his main merchandise anything but up to standards, she sneaks in and takes a fancy to a particular green goblin mask(notice that wasn’t capitalized in order to show this has nothing to do with Marvel Comics). Carly Beth gets caught browsing in the room and is swiftly threatened to leave immediately. Having stumbled upon something she apparently shouldn’t have seen, she tries to beg, bribe and reason with him in order to have this certain mask. After explaining she wants it solely for revenge, a glimmer of ominous satisfaction overtakes the store owner’s face. He then snaps out of this trance and again, tries to kick her ass out. So, she does what any, timid and obedient middle schooler would do after being told repeatedly to exit someone’s personal property. She steals the mask out from under him and ru… Wait, what? Surprisingly, this is the exact reaction Carly Beth has to her own actions. Looking down at the mask she can now call her own, she simply asks, “What am I doing?” A foreshadowing remark that will come back to haunt those searching for a bit of philosophical interpretation. Once at home, she decides to take her new face for a test drive, with her brother begin her first victim. She re-imagines an internet jump scare video on him and it works wonders. He begs her to remove the mask as if it has some kind of power over those it’s used on. She laughs and decides to take it off out of pity. Sadly, pity is the one thing the mask itself doesn’t have. Later that night, Carly Beth and Sabrina are in full costume for candy scavenging. Upon trick or treating at neighborhood household though, Carly Beth begins acting a bit out of character to those who know her best. Her voice is altered, actions are completely executed without regard for others and she doesn’t seem to be very easy to reason with, even for Sabrina’s sake. Knowing her motives of the night must be met with success, she heads out to find Chuck and Steve before they pass out from sugar comas.

    With her mom’s plaster replica of her real face being carried around with her on a stick, Carly Beth finds her prey in the town cemetery. After stalking them grows tiresome, she jumps out from amongst the trees and practically convinces them she is no longer Carly Beth, but a demon out for revenge in her place. She gets them to admit they liked her and only teased her for such a reason. They’re very sorry, but soon can’t form the words to say so. The plaster head begins speaking, asking for help from only person who can provide such help. However, she’s currently under the control of something else and powerless to act upon the request. Chuck and Steve run, and Carly Beth is alone now and must now put herself under self-intervention. Once inanimate objects begin to possess your soul, it’s clear that must happen. But instead she buries the sculpture and leaves. Of course! Soon, she gets a talking to from Sabrina, someone concerned who wants her best friend back. She then gets through to the real Carly Beth and she agrees to take off her mask. But then those plans go right down the shitter, as the mask won’t come off. Sabrina goes to her aid, and notices that there is no longer a separation from the mask’s material from her skin. She’s officially become the mask and everything it represents. The personality attached to it, the skin it was made out of and the emotions it passes onto its host. It has chosen her as this said host. Running out into the streets in a blind panic, she asks every single person she sees for help. They run from her. Her face is far too terrifying. No one believes she is who she says she is. It’s getting hard to control her voice and her memories are slowly fading. All that remains is fear and a nasty grin. She knows only one person who she can turn to at this point. And he’s probably still angry about the whole thievery thing.

    Carly returns to the store front. She explains to the owner that she can’t take the mask off. The owner is not surprised one bit. He explains that he created the masks in which he warned her about. He had created the masks in order to hide himself from the monster he sees within him. In the end, they had become so disfigured by him self-depravity that they were fit for no one. Only a “symbol of love”, he says, can remove the mask from one’s being. The one emotion he never allowed himself to experience. Just when logic overwhelms the episode’s turn of events, all the masks then awake and start chasing her out of the store. She realizes the very symbol she may need to overturn her condition and heads back to the cemetery. Unearthing her sculpted head from the grave she laid it in, she takes with pride and shows it off to the pursuing masks as way to prove who she really is. The negative personalities the masks possess then realize the error of their ways. They take their leave and with it, the spirit of the mask within Carly Beth’s as well. She removes the mask, returns home and is able to finally live as herself once more. Apologizing to her family for what she’d almost become, she’s a changed woman after realizing changing isn’t meant for her at all.

    The Haunted Mask was later followed by a sequel episode, however this follow up didn’t include any level of depth that this entry did. It is sad to realize this upon viewing it, as this TV special went to such a great length as to share a universal lesson in character. Watching this the first time, you’ll see the story of a girl haunted by a mask, leading her do things she cannot control. This is what a surface level of interpretation will tell anyone with two eyes. Yet, if one reads in-between Mr. Stein’s fine lines, you’ll see it’s not a story about that at all. But the story of how one’s surplus of peer pressure and built-up anguish can lead us to change ourselves from the inside out. We lose our past nobility in exchange for the chance to fit in through becoming something we are not. We become the bully in order to fend off the bully. We ignore the feelings of those in our lives for our own “needs”. Sometimes even for something as selfish as revenge. Further more, the kind acts of love received by the family unit are tossed aside and labeled as an embarrassing curse, all while forgetting the importance and beauty of having such a unit in our lives at all. The mask in this episode slapped its brutality upon Carly Beth as any symbiotic personality trait would. Through weakness, we succumb to the desires of society and as a result, it makes us “ugly”. A contorted version of what we used to be and completely unrecognizable at face value form that day forward. This mask and it’s host were the representation of this act occurring before us. Instead of taking life head on and embracing who we are, we submit and become what Roddy Piper’s sunglasses warns us about. It happens everyday, and not everyone is as lucky as she was as to allow an epiphany to save them. We’ve all known those in school who we’ve lost to popularity campaigns, vapid changes of heart and substance abuse. R.L. Stein apparently has as well. And we must commend him for such, as that is a true horror story of life if we’ve ever lived one.

– Sterling “The Spork Guy” Anno

The full episode can seen below. “Viewers beware, you’re in for a scare…”

Terror TV For Halloween – Are You Afraid of the Dark? – The Tale of Laughing in the Dark

  AYAOTD - laughing_in_dark_3From the not so obscure depths of the long lost era we call(ed), the nineteen-nineties… The Hidden Horrors’ sector of Terror TV has just unearthed quite the lively fossil this time around as its seasonal subject matter. We all know “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” as that one show that made us feel invincible at our then tender age. The scariest thing ever made, was finally made just for us. You, the viewer, were the privileged guest of THE Midnight Society, as they let us look and listen into their unbelievably terrifying tale of the night. For the next seven seasons(the final 2 featuring an updated cast), we’d be apart of this dialogue heavy version of campsite freemasonry, as their secret society was a group we actually felt apart of. Looking back now however, we actually know it as that Canadian show we all clamored about due to it being the closest thing to scary we had available to us. Or at least, the closest thing we had that was broadcast prior to our embarrassingly early bedtimes. School nights always sucked(Unless Snick was on of course!). This was just fine though. It was for most of us, a good start toward future involvement in our horror crazed appetites. A gateway drug into the world of anthology horror(Although, most of us graduated strait into Tales from the Crypt while AYAOTD? was still on the air). The show’s format was very neat and well-executed. A group of friends arrive at their campsite. A narrative will be brewing between them, usually addressing a social issue or a 1st world 90’s kid problem in the process. They will then settle in and begin that night’s spooky segment, which would conveniently provide an answer to that very same social conflict we entered on. So, in a way, the stories in Are You fraud of the Dark? are basically the horror themed versions of Uncle Reemus’ stories from Song of the South. With limited racism. And no log ride.

      Well, time to move on with the episode review, and if there were a better episode to start on than this, I’d be a terrible liar. Or at least the most-misinformed old school Nickelodeon fan on the internet. And believe me, no body wants to be that in this day and age. The Tale of Laughing in the Dark(Season 1, Episode 2)opens to an upbeat carnival with a fantastically original name. “Play Land”. Our fearless young narrator explains to us that it is a pre-teen paradise, in which you can Laugh, Scream, Get scared to death on rides & ditch your parents. She focuses our attention on one single attraction. We zero in on what is described as a “spook house” by the young patrons. The name of this haunted house is “Laughing in the Dark”, which even by today’s standards is the coolest name for a haunted attraction I’ve ever heard. In this haunted house, we see animatronic Frankensteins, decapitated Uncle Fester lookalikes, and Vampires that sound like muskrats. Of course, this is just to get the taste buds active, as the main course of this self-guided tour is in the form of a final decision you must make. A large room, full of doors, all marked with a single number. The choice one makes on which door they’d open would decide the fate on which their pants stay dry or not. In the case of the episode’s opening monologue sequence, we learn not to choose door #6. We learn to choose any door, but #6. It’s here that we are introduced to our main characters. A teenaged douchebag named Josh, and the voice of reason he won’t listen to named “Weegee”(Wait, as in Oujia? Oh Nickelodeon, you sly fox, you…). Our metaphoric versions of Yin and Yang have a heated discussion on why they should or should not go into this actual(as well as allegedly) haunted funhouse. Before any decision is met on their own part, the owner of the attraction appears out of nowhere, complete with a southern accent and an outfit that just screams barber shop quartet. He quickly gives a Legend of Zelda-esque description of what’s to be expected in the house, including “Zeebo”, the most evil thing Viacom ever put on the air for children to see. Besides modern day MTV that is.

      Once he finishes his reading off his job description to the young boys, they basically remember that they left the oven on at home as a way saying, “screw this, I wanna live.” The next day, the kids are researching the story of this Zeebo character, in which they find out that the haunted house they refused to enter, is actually a refurbished version. The original tourist trap burned down in the 1920’s when a greedy circus clown stole the entire circus’ budget and ran into their funhouse to seek refuge from the police. Upon doing so, he decided to light up a cigar in celebration of his acts. And celebrate he did, until he burned down the funhouse by accident and killed himself in the process. Instant karma at its best. Josh of course, laughs this off in a bout of tough guy elitism. After being called out by Weegee for refusing to enter the funhouse the night prior, Josh proclaims to prove his bravery by stealing the nose of Zeebo himself as a sort of hunting trophy. And because Josh is a dick, Weegee must wear the nose to school as his punishment for losing this bet. Josh then swallows whatever pride he somehow had on his person, and confidently decides, screw fear, I’m a television cliché! He then storms back to the theme park like the ginger badass he takes himself for. Once inside the attraction, he has some fun with all funky mirrors and animatronic horror icons, slowly losing his nerves as he progresses further. He eventually arrives within the room of doors, and luckily chooses the door that provides him a safe exit. However, he knows he must wait until he obtains the nose, or he’ll no longer be the pompous bully he’s known as. He then does the one thing we learned never to do. He chooses #6. After gaining some form of grip on reality while staring into the eyes of the clown, he takes the nose, fakes a tough guy attitude, and delivers the nose to his “best friend”. The following day for Josh is a day in which he learns the definition of the term retribution. We slowly begin witnessing Josh being haunted by this clown’s ghost. Fog appearing in his house, doors and cabinets moving on their own, prank phone calls from a disembodied voice with a smoker’s laugh… He realizes he may have just ruined his life. After a couple more gags, including a pot of spaghetti turning into a bowl of cigars, and the old “randomly appearing balloon that reads give it back trick”, Josh decides to take the balloon’s headful advice. He returns the nose to its rightful owner like it was the customer service counter at Wal-Mart. He also gives him a complimentary box of cigars, which is of course unexplained as to how the hell he obtained those in the first place. But alas, it is revealed to us that the ghost of Zeebo was the attraction’s owner himself, luring kids into his hell hole for kicks. Kind of expected, but surprisingly satisfying all the same.

      The Tale of Laughing in the Dark is more or less, inspired by famous claims of haunted possessions and items. Stories are all over the internet discussing people being followed by poltergeist activity when they own an object that a spirit is supposedly attached to. The most famous of these cases is that of the Californian ghost town known as “Bodie”. From 1876 to 1915, Bodie was a booming mining town located in the Sierra Nevada. It’s a truly fascinating place, being that the whole town in a still life portrayal of pre-industrial revolution living. Everyone literally stopped what they were doing one fateful day after the town was declared dead and just left. The children’s toys, retailer’s money and local’s items were all left where they were on the last day they all lived there. To this day, everything remains just the same. It’s what makes it more special than the more popular ghost towns. Well, that and the curse of course. The curse states, if you were to take anything form Bodie’s city limits, whether it be a nail, brick, or anything intentionally taken, you’ll be followed and haunted until you return it to where you claimed it. There are tons of stories from people who have lived this curse and resolved it by returning their stolen swag back to the town. And to think that Nickelodeon paid a beautiful homage to this type of haunting is simply glorious. Although it inspired many age appropriate copycats(Goosebumps, So Weird, etc.)Are You Afraid of the Dark? is forever the one we will never forget and nowadays cannot, thanks to the 90’s Are All That television block airing episodes every October and Nickelodeon recently releasing every episode of the show for our viewing pleasure on Youtube. The time to re-experience this show is now. Just expect corny effects, bad acting and hilarious appearances by young A-list celebrities and you’re set. Oh, and the theme song that plays over the end credits. Super badass. Just saying’

– Sterling “The Spork Guy” Anno

HIDDEN HORROR FOR HALLOWEEN – All Hallows’ Eve

All Hallows’ Eve is a horror anthology film by director Damien Leone, consisting of three short films (two he had shot and released years before this feature) and a wraparound all tied together by a metaphysical and malevolent clown.

After returning from trick or treating, little Timmy and Tia find a blank VHS tape in their spoils. Through much bargaining with their babysitter to play the cassette, Sarah (Katie Maguire) reluctantly runs the tape in what materializes as the device for the presentation of the short stories.

In the first tale (released in 2008 as The 9th Circle), a woman is lured to what appears to be Hell by a mysterious clown. Although there is not much of a suspenseful build or reason behind the victim’s suffering, the end result will have viewers shocked by the vulgar imagery.

Concerned that Timmy and Tia may have nightmares, she stops the video and puts the children to bed. But of course, she can’t help but continue to watch once she is alone.

Leone’s next tale, which was not released previously as a standalone short film, is about a woman (Catherine A. Callahan) spending the night alone in her new house, while her boyfriend is out of town. Paranoia sets in once a crashed object knocks the power out on her street. The second story does a better job of building tension and suspense, but the payoff is tame in comparison to the surrounding tales.

The final story (released in 2011 as Terrifier) is a supernatural slasher about a woman (Marie Maser) on her way home from work on a dark, deserted highway. After witnessing a murder, she is pursued by the assailant – a homicidal clown.

Between each tale, strange occurrences are happening to Sarah and the children, but the babysitter brushes it off as imaginations running wild. Sarah soon realizes that the video is becoming a reality, which quickly escalates in to probably the most appalling conclusion of all the other stories combined.

Leone does a respectable job at presenting each tale, but he is constantly taking away from the viewers’ attachment by cutting to Timmy, Tia and Sarah’s reactions to the action in each tale throughout.

The makeup and effects are hit and miss, the former including the first creature presented in The 9th Circle, and the terrifying clown makeup applied to actor Mike Giannelli throughout each manifestation of Art the Clown. But the quality craftsmanship is counter-balanced with the lesser impressive group of demons in the first story and cheaply clad visitors in the second.

All Hallows’ Eve is an impressive low-budget hidden horror for gore-hounds and coulrophobics, combining elements of the supernatural and extraterrestrial, using conventions from slasher, home invasion and psychological genres, and setting an atmosphere reminiscent of a classic a giallo film.

~ Morbid Matthew McPhee

TERROR TV – ONE STEP BEYOND – The Bride Possessed

OSB themeWhen you hear terms like “the Golden Age of Television” or “horror anthology series”, what is the first thought that comes to mind? The Twilight Zone? The Outer Limits? Alfred Hitchcock Presents?

Although we here at Hidden Horrors You Must See love to share some of our favorite anthology television, we also like to dig deep and find the more obscure horror gems.

Produced around the same time as Rod Serling’s magnum opus, The Twilight Zone, is a series long living in the Zone’s shadow: One Step Beyond.

According to Mill Creek Entertainment’s release of the series, One Step Beyondcapitalized on the country’s burgeoning interest in paranormal mysteries in a unique fashion. Instead of developing fictional stories with supernatural plots, this series presented ‘real-life’ incidents from a dimension beyond our understanding, including spirits, disappearances, fantastic creatures, etc., and re-creating them for each episode.” This explanation alone makes the series stand apart.

But does the show itself have its merits?

For the Hidden Horrors’ inaugural One Step Beyond review, what better way than to take a look at the series’ premiere, The Bride Possessed.

The episode begins – like every other – with host John Newland (who would later direct the 1973 classic Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), introducing us to the characters, plot and setting.OSB the bride possessed

We are then introduced to newlyweds Sally (Virginia Leith, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die) and Matt Conroy (prolific television actor Skip Homeier), who are en route to their honeymoon destination via automobile.

When the new Mrs. Conroy begins to give her husband directions to an alternate destination, Matt finds it strange that his southern belle wife, new to the northern states, knows the route like the back of her hand.

When they arrive to a cliff, Sally suddenly loses her Louisiana accent and strangely doesn’t recognize her husband.

She begins to claim that she is not Sally Conroy, but Karen Wharton, a woman who, according to the police and doctors, had previously committed suicide. “Karen” then begins to claim that she did not commit suicide, but was, in fact, a victim of murder.

The strange plot takes a turn for the paranormal, as the reason behind the wife swap is explained in a what-the-fuck-just-happened dénouement.

The episode is well-paced, favorably-written, and admirably-acted, but it’s not hard to see why the series was overshadowed by the more popular Twilight Zone; as brilliant irony, social commentary and tales of morality clearly surpass tales of terror supposedly based on “true events”. Yet the great thing about One Step Beyond is that it didn’t try to be the latter.

It is an original concept, and a well conceived one at best, and we hope you stay tuned for future reviews from this buzz-worthy show.

– Matthew McPhee

 

HIDDEN HORROR-Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

tales-from-the-darkside-the-movie-movie-poster-1990-1020244031“Tales from the Darkside: The Movie” is a 1990 American anthology horror film directed by John Harrison. It it based on the ‘80s anthology horror TV series of the same name. While known in the horror community it gets overlooked by your average movie goer, and that is a shame because this film is a gem. I first saw it when I was seven and it helped me get hooked on horror, and I’m sure there are other horror fanatics that can say the same.

Since this is an anthology film there are three stories and a framing device. Let’s talk about the framing device first. Blondie’s Debby Harry plays Betty, a suburban housewife and modern day witch who is planning a dinner party. What is she cooking? Human child of course. Earlier in the day she captured a young boy named Timmy. To stall for time Timmy decides to tell her some stories from the book “Tales from the Darkside.”

The first true segment is “Lot 249”, which is inspired by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle short story “Lot No. 249.” Steve Buscemi plays a graduate student and antique collector who gets his hands on a mummy. He brings it back to life, by using a scroll found in the mummy’s sarcophagus, and uses it to get revenge on some fellow students who have wronged him. Imagine Boris Karloff’s “The Mummy” mixed with a Lucio Fulci film and this is what you get. A very gory and very entertaining segment. Horror fans will love it.

Next segment is “Cat from Hell,” which is written by George Romero and based off the Stephen King story of the same name. This one is dark, brutal but intelligent at the same time. A hit man, played by David Johansen of the New York Dolls, is hired by a wealthy, wheelchair bound old man, played by William Hickey. However the old man does not want him to kill a person, but rather a black cat. According to the old man the cat just showed up at his mansion one day and his other family members that lived there started dying of mysterious circumstance. The old man was once the owner of a pharmaceutical company that tested its products on cats, killing thousands in the process. He believes the cat is some sort of supernatural being that is there to punish him for what he had done.

The hit man thinks the old man is crazy but he kills the cat anyways, only to be taught a brutal and powerful lesson. A very brutal, very gory tale that goes to show what goes around comes around. The ending is very powerful and has stuck with me since I first saw this movie as a child. Only Stephen King could have come up with a story like this. However it is interesting to note that King’s story ends differently than this one does.

Last is the best and most powerful segment “Lovers Vow.” It tells the story of a down-on-his luck New York City artist named Preston, played by James Remar. One day Preston looses everything and goes to a bar to drink his trouble’s away. The bar closes and he and the bartender go outback to lock up for the night. Suddenly, a gargoyle comes out and brutally murders the bartender. The gargoyle spares Preston’s life and says that if Preston ever tells anybody about what he saw, he will come back and kill him. Present then meets a mysterious woman, his luck begins to turn around and he becomes extremely successful. I don’t want to go into any more details about the story but I will say the ending will haunt you as it is powerful and quite sad.

The special effects in this segment are great. The gargoyle looks very life like, slimy and hideous. There is also plenty of atmosphere, creepy moments and lots and lots of gore.

A fantastic movie and one that I can’t recommend enough. You just have to watch it to see how great it truly is. While it shares the same name as the anthology series the movie is quite different from the show in terms of the content. The show was creepy but never violent or gory. The movie on the other hand has a lot of gore, making it more similar to another anthology film “Creepshow.”

Speaking of “Creepshow,” according to Tom Savini this is the real “Creepshow 3,” not that piece of crap movie that has nothing to do with George Romero or Stephen King. “Creepshow 3” is a piece of shit and all copies of it should be burned.

Mainstream critics seem not to like this film and that is messed up as it is a great fucking movie. What I like about the film is that you can watch as it either three R-rated “Tales from the Darkside” episodes or you can watch it as the true “Creepshow 3.” I believe this film deserves a spot in the collection of any horror enthusiasts. I have had it in my collection forever and everyone in a while I pop it out and give it a watch. Chances are, you will too after watching it.

-Dakota Bailey