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Carola in her true form.

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Carola is a monstrous living gargoyle and an antagonist in the 1990 horror film anthology Tales From The Darkside: The Movie.

Her human form was portrayed by Rae Dawn Chong.


A young boy who is kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch tells her a third story after telling her 2 stories earlier in the film to keep her from taking his life. the story is called "A Lover's Vow.

Story begins with an struggling artist named Preston, whose career in art is failing and because of it, his agent drops him, 1 night after having a few drinks with his friend Jer? Jer tries to take an intoxicated Preston home but things go terribly wrong for 1 of them, on the way home from the bar. Out of nowhere, a gargoyle-like creature attacks them both, it kills Jer but it spears Preston's life and it made him promise never to tell anyone about what just happened to Jer.

A traumatized Preston agrees. After witnessing his friend's gruesome murder, he meets a woman named Carola, they go to his apartment where he and Carola make love to each other. A few days after they met?, Preston has an art show at an museum where they meet up with the bartender at the bar he and Jer was before his murder and he tells him that he told the police everything he knows about what happened to Jer and the night after the show ended? he proposes to Carola after learning she's pregnant with their first child and she accepted it!


He married Carola and they have 2 children but 10 years after he met her and the gagyole before her? the night of  Jerry's death still haunted him so he take Carola out on a date to celebrate the night he met her and knowing it will anger the gaygole he made the decision after they came home? to tell Carola and only Carola about the secret he shares with the gagyole (not suspecting that the creature was actually WATCHING him for 10 years)

Her human form

Carola in her human form.

So after their date? Preston tells her his horrible secret, and then he gives her the sculpture he craved of the gargoyle to her, to Preston. Carola looked like she did not believe him but little did he know, something terrible is about to happen, and after his revelation, Carola tells Preston her thoughts about it and much to Preston's horror, Carola reveals she is the Gargoyle that killed Jer.

Carola failed to tell to him that she disguised herself as a human to test him to see if he would tell anyone about the night she murder his friend and that she spared him because she fell in love with him but she could see it didn't matter to Preston, he was still afraid of her.

And to make matters worse for Preston? not only is his wife back to the creature he met that night but their children are turned into gargoyles too, he begged her to turn herself and their children back into humans and to spare his life like she did 10 years before but because he failed her test? she and sadly their children can no longer be humans ever again,  so to protect her secret? and even it would break her and their children's hearts? she kills him.

After she kills him? she flies up in through the window of their apartment with their children in her arms to the next apartment building but she and the children as they look down on Preston's dead boy? turned into stone as they mourn over his death.


  • Tales From The Darkside: The Movie segment "A Lover's Vow" is based on the Japanese folklore Yuki-onna but the writer Michael McDowell decided the antagonist of the story should be a gargoyle instead of a ghost.