Welcome to 31 Days of Streaming Horror. Every day this October we’ll be highlighting a different streaming horror movie to help you get into the Halloween spirit. Today’s entry: Tales From the Darkside: The Movie 1990.
Sub-Genre: Horror anthology with a surprisingly impressive cast, and the unofficial Creepshow 3
Best Setting to Watch It In: In a witch’s kitchen while waiting to be served
How Scary Is It?: Much like Creepshow, this balances its scares with a dark, morbid sense-of-humor, but there is some creepy stuff in here
Let’s take a look at the talent involved with Tales From the Darkside: The Movie, shall we? One of the stories was written by George A. Romero, adapted from a short story by Stephen King. And then there’s the cast! Deborah Harry, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Christian Slater, James Remar, Rae Dawn Chong, William Hickey, and David Johansen – just to name a few. If you’ve ever wanted to see Julianne Moore be attacked by a mummy and who hasn’t?, this is your movie.
Tales From the Darkside is often considered to be the unofficial Creepshow 3 because of the involvement of Romero and King, and it sure as hell is a lot better than the official Creepshow 3, which will never speak of again. This film was a spin-off of the horror TV series of the same name, and it’s loaded with plenty of thrills and chills, and a few dark laughs as well.
The wraparound story involves a modern-day witch Deborah Harry who is getting ready to cook and eat an imprisoned little boy Matthew Lawrence. To stall the witch from eating him, the kid proceeds to tell her a series of tales from a book of scary stories. From here we’re off to the races. The first story involves a nerdy college student Steve Buscemi bringing a murderous mummy back to life. The second has a hitman David Johansen dealing with a killer cat. The third is a dark love story borrowed from Japanese folklore it was previously adapted in the Japanese horror anthology film Kwaidan. And the wraparound tale gets its own conclusion before the credits roll.
Of all of these, the mummy story is the best – and the nastiest – of the bunch. But everything here has its own ghastly charm. Best of all, since this movie was made in the ’90s, it’s loaded with tons of practical effects. We’re talking monsters and gore created with actual props and make-up, folks – a fine art that has all but been replaced by digital hokum.
The actress was best known for playing Willona Woods on the iconic '70s TV series.
Ja'net DuBois was found dead on Tuesday, TMZ reports. She was 74.
The actress' family told the outlet that she died in her sleep at her home in Glendale, California, adding that she hadn't recently complained of any ailments and appeared to be in good health.
DuBois was best known for her role on Good Times, playing the Evans family's feisty neighbor Willona Woods on the beloved 1970s TV series. She also was a gifted singer and songwriter, lending her voice to The Jeffersons' iconic theme "Movin' on Up," which she also composed.
DuBois received two Emmys during her lifetime for her voiceover work on The PJs. Her film credits include I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Tropic Thunder, among others. She also was a Broadway veteran and performed in a number of theater productions, including Golden Boy and A Raisin In the Sun.
TV Land, which has aired reruns of Good Times, tweeted a tribute to the actress on Tuesday afternoon: "TV Land remembers 'Good Times' star Ja'net Dubois. In addition to being the Evans family's lovable neighbor, Willona, Dubois composed and sang 'Movin' on Up' the iconic theme song for 'The Jeffersons.' She was 74 and will be missed."
DuBois is survived by her three children.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
More sad news on the Coronavirus front as several actors and artists have passed away from the deadly disease sweeping the globe. Actor Jay Benedict died Monday from the disease at age 68. He is best known in the states for roles in 1986's classic sci-fi thriller Aliens and 2012's blockbuster hit The Dark Knight Rises. Overseas he is perhaps best known for his starring role in the U.K. TV series Emmerdale.
The news of Jay Benedict's death was first reported by TCG Artist Management's Kristin Tarry. She has represented the actor for over twenty years. She had this to say about his death on Monday.
'It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear client Jay Benedict, who this afternoon lost his battle with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with his family.'
Jay Benedict's role in Aliens was greatly expanded in James Cameron's director's cut of the 1986 box office hit. He played Newt's father, with a major scene featuring the actor returned in a later version of the movie. In The Dark Knight Rises he played Rich Twit for director Christopher Nolan. On Emmerdale, he played Doug Hamilton in the series, which has aired in the UK. since 1972. He made his first appearance on the show in the late '90s.
The actor is survived by wife Phoebe Scholfield and their two sons Freddie andLeopold. Friend Pierce Brosnan posted a lengthy tribute on Instagram to the late actor. He had this to say about Jay Benedict.
'My dearest friend Jay Benedict, brother in this life, has passed on... we were friends for so many years, forty years and change. This is a photo taken last May outside the stage door of the Lyric theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue London. Jay and I played brothers in a Franco Zeffirelli production of Filumena... Life was so much fun with Jay, on stage and off, we laughed a lot at the world around us, at our selves, saw the funny side of life always.'
'He was a courageous man of handsome life force, that shone its light in every room he walked into, down every road he traveled, he shared his joyful radiance of kinship with all who knew him, a fine mind of intellect and compassion, he gave of himself in every way to the craft of acting, but above all else, he gave us all his great love of life, himself.'
Vicki Michelle, who co-starred with Benedict on Emmerdale, also had fond words for her friend, which she posted on twitter.
Jay Benedict was also remembered by actor David Menkin, who went onto say, 'Jay Benedict - one of the greats - passed away today. If you work in ADR, dubbing, voiceovers, theatre or film in London, you know why we're heartbroken; a big voice and even bigger personality has left us.' Benedict is the most recent in a list of celebrities, actors and artist who have lost their lives to the deadly virus sweeping across the globe at this time. Patricia Bosworth succumbed to the disease on Thursday at 86. She acted opposite Audrey Hepburn but was perhaps better known for...