A stranded team of soldiers are captured and experimented on by demonic looking aliens.

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Maj. Jong
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Col. Luke Stone
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Pvt. Arthur Dix
William Gunn ...
Lt. James P. Willowmore (as Bill Gunn)
David Frankham ...
Capt. Terrence Ralph Brookman
Bernard Kates ...
Dr. Whorf
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Lt. Esra Krug
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Ben Wright ...
Gen. Benton
Lillian Adams ...
Dix's Mother
Lisa Mann ...
Krug's Governess
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Ebonite Interrogator
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A stranded team of soldiers are captured and experimented on by demonic looking aliens.

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2 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Whit Bissell appears in a General's uniform almost identical to the uniform he wears six years later in the TV show The time Tunnell. See more »

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Ebonite Interrogator: We are not at war here. The grief and loss we caused your planet was an accident. We promised we would do anything to rectify this unforgivable mistake. But we cannot sanction the continuation of such immoral and inhuman experimentation.
Commanding General: Inhuman? What do you know of humans, sir?
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Edited into Incubus (1966) See more »

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Joseph Stefano vs. Rod Serling.
8 March 2008 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

This episode brought Joseph Stefano, the series creator and writer of this episode, into conflict with Rod Serling. Serling fully supported the military and authority, and many of his "Twilight Zone" episodes revolved around the military. In Serling's script for "The Rack," a man who broke under torture in the Korean Conflict is blamed for being weak and failing America. In Serling's view, the military was always right.

"Nightmare" is a new view of this situation; the quotes of the general in the episode are essentially correct about the number of American prisoners who were broken in the war. Serling couldn't imagine American soldiers permitting torture, especially on other Americans. This despite such things as the Tuskeegee Syphillis Project and the exposure of soldiers to atomic blasts to determine the effects of radiation. One wonders how he'd react to Abu Gareb, water torture, and the show "24" in which torture is approved as standard American heroic action.

For those who think these "old TV shows" were simplistic compared to today's shows with CGI, sexual content and viral-marketing web sites, consider this; have there been any modern shows that dared raise a debate about their premises like the ones raised by Stefano and Serling? Would anyone produce a series arguing against the right-wing paranoia presented in "24?"


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