332 – The one about Tales from the Darkside

Welcome to episode 332. Today, we watch “Tales from the Darkside: The Movie”!

A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

Join Scott, Randy, Dunaway, and Ibbott as they push that cat out.


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15 thoughts on “332 – The one about Tales from the Darkside

  1. Pingback: 332 – The one about Tales from the Darkside – BRIAN DUNAWAY

  2. The best example I’ve ever seen that’s like The Princess Bride “Grandfather reading to the kid” vehicle is in “The Storyteller”, the Jim Henson show from way back starring John Hurt.
    Strongly recommended! I believe Brian Ibbott has a copy 🙂

  3. Somehow Scott found a way to spoil The Expanse, Season 3 during a podcast about a movie from 1990. Pretty impressive.

  4. Listening to you discuss if it’ll make or break the Justice League movie depending on how much Aquaman makes it so most of it has to be in the ocean.

    So what you’re saying then Scott, is that water in that movie will have an important meaning? LOL

    *I may have also recently gone back to listen to the famous Minority Report Film Sack.

  5. The framing story in the first V/H/S is probably my favorite. The story is about a group of pranksters that film themselves committing various crimes including sexual assault and destroying property. Someone anonymously pays the group to break into someone’s house to steal a VHS tape. The tapes they watch inside the house become the short films that are the core of the movie. (Spoiler) as they watch the tapes the group gets picked off one by one by a person they didn’t realize was living in the house. It is a little satisfying, in a horror movie, to see ugly characters have a comeuppance. If they had wanted to they could have made the frame story its own segment without splitting it between the main stories and it would’ve been just as entertaining.

  6. In each segment, a character takes a taxi. Buscemi’s cabbie is that movie-style faux punk-rocker, David Johansson/William Hickey has a cabbie with a movie-style “Joisey” accent, and Robert Klein’s cabbie asks “what was that” when Rae Dawn Gargoyle kills Dexter’s papa.

    I liked the cat segment the best: what a good little acting kitty and the fx were simultaneously good and hilariously bad. DJ plays a great droll hit man.

    Julianne Moore and the Ken Doll fella she was supposed to be in ‘ship with was maybe the least convincing couple in cinema history. JM has to be the richest- she was in a Jurassic movie. Surprised Scott passed up the opportunity to mention that movie.

    “Which is why everyone hates ‘Virginia Woolf'”. Pardon? I can see how these kind of declarative sentences Randy makes gets people’s goats.

    Mad Max Fury Road has replaced Jurassic Park in Scott’s vocabulary.

    Good show . Dunaway’s off mic scream made me spit take.

  7. There’s a very famous anthology film that nobody thinks of as an anthology film — Pulp Fiction. The first story is about Vincent taking Mia Wallace to dinner, the second is about Butch, Marcellus and Mr. Soon-To-Be-Living-The-Rest-of-His-Short-Ass-Life-In-Agonizing-Pain, and then the third one goes back to Jules crisis of faith, which happens to take place in the middle of Vincent’s story.

    If you were to do an anthology film in the Marvel (or DC, Star Wars or whatever) universe, PF would be a perfect model, with all these separate plotlines intersecting in wild ways without any real connecting plotline.

    • Nice insight into Pulp Fiction. I guess Pumpkin and Honey Bunny serves as the wraparound.

    • Great example. the closest we got to anthologies was the Marvel one shots, but they came out months/ years apart.

  8. Saving Private Ryan is another example of the book-ending (framing device) you guys talked about early in the episode. The movie opens with the elderly war vet and his family visiting a memorial cemetery. He flashes back to the war. The movie closes with him again in the cemetery reflecting on his interactions with Captain Miller (Tom Hanks’ character).

    Some films rely on book-ending for a plot twist. Some use it as a crutch. Saving Private Ryan, to me, occupies a middle ground. The movie could stand on its own without the book-end scenes, but in this case the opening and closing scenes really drive home the feeling of “You can’t fully understand the significance of this unless you were there.” We can see in the faces and body language of his three generations of family members that they understand less and less what he’s experiencing, as they get progressively younger. If you were a military war vet (especially an elderly vet with several generations of family) and watched this film, the book-end scenes could add a pretty profound empathetic layer. We can see in his eyes how significant and vivid his memories are of the whole experience. If nothing else, the opening scene makes us *want* to understand why it’s affecting him so much, essentially putting the non-veteran viewer in the shoes of his family members.

    Also from the way the first cemetery scene transitions in to the beach invasion scene, we’re misdirected a little. We’re led to believe, through editing, that the war vet is Tom Hanks’ character. In the end, we get a not-so-subtle morph transition from young Private Ryan back to who we now know is elderly Private Ryan in the cemetery. Because of the misdirection, the cemetery scenes protect the the ending from being predictable.

  9. I’ve heard that baby talk makes children pronounce words incorrectly, and you should just speak to them normally. I’ve also heard that cats evolved mewling to sound like babies and endear themselves to humans.

    Randy, explain to me next week, how you have landmines under cement on a bridge and no one can see them.

  10. This is pretty weird, but I just listened to this show a couple days ago and then the weirdest coincidence just happened. I’ve been carrying a Stephen King short story collection, Just After Sunset, around in my bookbag for easily 2 years. It’s the bookbag I take to work with me with random things to pass the time and for quite a while now reading has been taken over by podcasts, Netflix, Youtube, my Vita and now the Nintendo Switch. So I finally pulled this book out tonight and flipped to my bookmarked page and started reading. The short story is called “The Cat From Hell”. It’s the exact story from this movie.

    Apparently it was originally published back in 1977 and has been published numerous times since, once in a collection of short stories titled “Twists of the Tale: An Anthology of Cat Horror” (1996) which sounds awesome.

    Just super weird that I finally pick this book up again after all this time and it’s less than a week after your episode. Anyway, keep up the great work guys. Love the show.

  11. Haven’t listened yet so maybe it’s been said but this was supposed to actually be creep show 3. Anyway I’m excited to listen. One of my favorites

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