Four directors collaborated to remake four episodes of the popular television series 'The Twilight Zone' for this movie. The episodes are updated slightly and in color (the television show was in black-and-white), but very true to the originals, where eerie and disturbing situations gradually spin out of control. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
You're travelling through another dimension. A dimension, not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone! See more »
Renee Chen and My-ca Dinh Le were being paid under the table to circumvent California's child labor laws, which did not permit children to work at night. John Landis opted not to seek a special waiver, either because he did not think he would get permission for such a late hour or because he knew he would never get approval to have young children as part of a scene with a large number of explosives. The casting agents were unaware that the children would be involved in such a dangerous scene. Associate producer George Folsey Jr. told the children's parents not to tell any firefighters on set that the children were part of the scene, and also hid them from a fire safety officer who also worked as a welfare worker. A fire safety officer was concerned the blasts would cause a crash, but did not tell Landis of his concerns. See more »
In Segment #2, when Leo Conroy (played by Bill Quinn) is standing outside saying goodbye to his family, he is seen from behind, holding two suitcases. On the sidewalk, near the arch, there is an object, possibly a can. After his family leaves, there is another shot of him from behind, but the object has disappeared. See more »
This movie opens with a rather humorous opening featuring Dan Akroyd and Albert Brooks as it has them discussing various things when they finally come upon the "you want to see something scary" topic of discussion. This is a kind of pre credit introduction to the horrors and wonders of the twilight zone. It then proceeds to a story of a man who is rather racist so he is the first to enter the realm and of course he is put through a lot including being in a rather bad story that was not very twilight like that ended up being part of a tragic Hollywood story as a helicopter accident would take the lead actor Morrow and two child actors. The second story follows a group of elderly people in a nursing home who are about to get a visit from an older man who has a special kind of gift from them. This story was weak too, as it was just a bit to cutesy for my tastes. Finally, the movie gets good as we have the story of a boy with a special secret. He is hit by a woman and she proceeds to take him home to meet his very strange family. This story is good, but it ends rather weakly. Finally, the highlight of this movie a story featuring John Lithgow as a passenger on a plane that is in the middle of a rather violent storm. Add to that he has a dreaded fear of flying and add to that the fact he seems to see a person on the wing of the plane and this person or thing is doing harm to the engines. Add a better ending to story three and just get two different stories all together for the first film and maybe this movie would not have to rely on one story to save the day which the last one does.
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