"The Cat from Hell" segment is adapted from a short story by Stephen King, who also wrote the screenplay for Cat's Eye (1985), which includes a segment called "The General." Both segments feature a cat who is assumed capable of stealing the breath of a sleeping person.
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"Tales from the Darkside: The Movie" is considered by many fans and Tom Savini himself to be the 'official' "Creepshow 3". Following the success of Stephen King and George A. Romero's Creepshow, Laurel Entertainment (Creepshow & Creepshow 2's production company) toyed with the idea of a Creepshow television series. After several negotiations and changes (due to rights holders etc.), the decision was made to change the title for the series to "Tales from the Darkside" (to be helmed by none other than Creepshow director and Creepshow 2 screenwriter, George A. Romero). After the series' great success, just roughly three short years after Creepshow 2 hit theatres, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie came to fruition in 1990 as the successor to the original two Creepshow installments, sharing many of the same crew as the Creepshow installments.
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The second story, titled "The Cat From Hell" (written by Stephen King and adapted for the screen by George A. Romero) was originally intended for Creepshow 2 (1987). The story was later dropped due to budgetary reasons.
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Marks the big screen debut of Julianne Moore.
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The story "Lover's Vow" is based on a Japanese folklore called Yuki-onna, but the writer of the film decided to make Chong's character into a gargoyle instead of a ghost like in the Japanese legend.
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During a scene in "Lot 249", Dawn of the Dead (1978) can be heard playing from the TV. Its writer/director, 'George A. Romero', wrote the screenplay for the segment "Cat From Hell".
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In the episode "Cat from Hell", a TV is showing a scene from Martin (1977), also written and directed by George A. Romero.
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Three cast members of this movie also appeared on the Tales from the Darkside (1983) television series: 'Deborah Harry', Christian Slater and 'William Hickey'.
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The character Halston, played by David Johansen, is in the kitchen after his first battle with the cat and chides himself saying, "Can't get hot. Can't let yourself get hot, ever. You make mistakes when you're hot." David Johansen is also known as Buster Poindexter, a musician with many famous songs, among them the very successful "Hot! Hot! Hot!" in which the singer professes how "hot, hot, hot" he is.
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A sequel was planned but never went past pre-production.
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Julianne Moore and Steve Buscemi would later appear in The Big Lebowski (1998)
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