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!
Joseph Williams, who contributed the song "Anesthesia" for the film, is the son of legendary composer John Williams, who is Steven Spielberg's personal friend and collaborator for the last four decades. Also Jerry Williams, who is John's brother, was the percussionist on the score. See more »
The solid stone balustrade that the man hits after being propelled by the explosion of the Marine's grenade, visibly rocks as if made of lightweight wood or foam. See more »
The ironic thing about this movie is that three of the four "remade" episodes were not written by Rod Serling (and the first one is only loosely related to a Serling-based story that starred Dean Stockwell and Leonard Nimoy). It's more like Richard Matheson - The Movie than anything. This kinda gives you an idea of what the creative folks associated with this project really thought of Serling.
Still, I found all the stories at least mildly entertaining. The opening/ending sequence is lame (more worthy of a Night Gallery comedy skit, and Serling didn't have much to do with that, either). The first segment ends rather abruptly, and it's awfully overstated, but Morrow is interesting to watch as a man driven to the brink.
The second segment, Spielberg's Kick the Can, is okay. It's very...Spielberg is the way to put it. A lot of "awe and wonder", and it seems a lot like an episode of Spielberg's "Amazing Stories," but the adult actors and their child-versions are talented enough that they manage to do something with it.
The third segment is a typically Dante-ish live-action cartoon, with a mediocre denouement. But half the fun of any Dante movie is getting to the end, and the weird off-kilter cartoon-like world is a perfect example of the director's style.
I'm not as impressed by the last segment as some. Lithgow is good, and the cameo from Carol Serling is welcome, but this one just seems to drag and the creature looks more like some Giger-ish Alien than any concept of a gremlin. I didn't expect the teddy bear from the original, but this one seemed to be there to show off the F/X.
Tz:TM also features one of my favorite musical scores of all times (yes, even the Kick the Can bit), and I just enjoy sitting through the end credits listening to it.
Overall, a enjoyable little flick. It could have been better, perhaps with a series of lesser-known directors stepping in rather than the Big Four of Miller, Landis, Dante, and Spielberg. Their efforts tended to overshadow any actual tribute to Serling that was intended.
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