Confession: I don’t like cats. There, I said it. I’m a dog kind of guy and no offense to cat owners, but cats are definitely on the bottom of the pet totem pole for me. And do you know why? Because they can become murderous felines that literally jump down my throat and eat my insides! And also, I’m allergic to them.
Welcome to Sunday Bloody Sunday where I’m going to give a little love to the crazy fucking cat from the Tales From The Darkside movie. That’s right, in 1990 there was a movie based on the super-awesome TV show of the same name. The big-screen version was ok, with the highlight probably being these scenes from the story, Cat From Hell, which involved some pretty impressive practical effects of the cat getting all down the throat of Buster Poindexter.
Color me confused. Word got out the other week about a possible Tales From The Darkside TV show reboot happening for the CW network. So naturally, one would have assumed that those involved would at least stick with the anthology formula that made the original series unique. Well, throw those assumptions out the window. Author Joe Hill, who is heading up the new series, recently spoke to MTV about it and said this:
“Well, for starters, the show is just called ‘Darkside’. And it really is a reinvention, not a reboot. My feeling is, in the wake of shows like ‘The X-Files’ and ‘Fringe’, the days when you could do a straightforward horror anthology are over.”
Ok. I’m fine with them changing the show’s name to just Darkside. What I’m not fine with is abandoning the whole anthology angle. I agree to disagree with you Mr. Hill, because I don’t think that the days of a straightforward anthology show are over. If anything, it would be refreshing to have around. Ahhh – but something tells me that because of the success of American Horror Story and it’s format, that’s the route they might end up going where each season is a different story and has different characters.
The attachment to the CW network doesn’t really bother me and the fact that Joe Hill is heavily involved is definitely encouraging. For those who don’t know, he is Stephen King’s son and a great writer in his own right. But if they’re not going to go down the anthology path, can we at least get a spiffy redux of the Tales From The Darkside theme music and intro? As long as I can hear an updated version of the voiceover guy saying “BUT……”, I’ll be a happy horror camper.