The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 11

It Crawled Out of the Woodwork (9 Dec. 1963)

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An accidentally-created energy-being overruns an experimental power station, where personnel whom it has killed are restored to life with electronically-controlled pacemakers and are made ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Scott Marlowe ...
Jory Peters
Kent Smith ...
Dr. Bloch
Gaby Christian (as Barbara Luna)
Prof. Stuart Peters
Joan Camden ...
Prof. Stephanie Linden
New Sentry
Gene Darfler ...
Warren Edgar Morley
Tom Palmer ...
Detective Sgt. Thomas Siroleo


An accidentally-created energy-being overruns an experimental power station, where personnel whom it has killed are restored to life with electronically-controlled pacemakers and are made to service the "being" by a fanatical German scientist who overtly pretends to be looking for a way to destroy it. After the force kills a security guard and newly-recruited scientist, the latter's psychologically disturbed brother attempts to uncover the station's secret, along with the police sergeant investigating the most recent death with the assistance of a dead-but-alive woman staff member. Written by Columbus Frothingham

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9 December 1963 (USA)  »

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When Det. Sgt. Siroleo is advised to have the energy being lured back to the pit by having all power cut off, he makes a call requesting this be done. When the energy being is returning to the pit, he is somehow able to activate the switch closing the door to the pit before power is restored. See more »


Prof. Stephanie Linden: Forgive me Professor Peters. I've gotten into the habit of not answering questions.
Prof. Stuart Peters: The victim of automation? We're all getting used to letting computers do our answering for us.
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Dust Bunnies Unite
6 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A creature of sheer energy is released by a poor cleaning lady at a facility called Norco. The people who run the place have a kind of pacemaker attached to their chests, allowing them to continue living. A young scientist goes to work and is soon dispatched because he has become privy to the evil doings of the people there. A guard tries to warn him off and he makes the mistake of telling the head of research. Meanwhile, his brother, who is supposedly twenty years old (he looks thirty-five) becomes embroiled in the mystery of his brother's death (there's even more I won't tell you). Ed Asner (looking younger than I've ever seen him) is a police detective who, after the brother's death, begins snooping around. An attractive young female scientist is mixed up in all this, but we don't know why. Asner confronts her and that leads to the ultimate resolution. As is the case with this series, they were very good at producing cloudy monstrosities that overwhelm their victims. This is a decent episode and worth a look.

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