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
Bill Gunn ...
Lt. James P. Willowmore
David Frankham ...
Capt. Terrence Ralph Brookman
Bernard Kates ...
Dr. Whorf
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Lt. Esra Krug
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Gen. Benton
Lillian Adams ...
Dix's Mother
Lisa Mann ...
Krug's Governess
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Commanding General
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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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This episode was one of John Erman's earliest jobs as a director, and depicts Earth soldiers who've been captured and are being tormented by aliens on a mostly barren set, consisting of a few rock-like props and doorways. It bears many striking similarities to the 3rd season episode of Star Trek, Star Trek: The Empath (1968), also directed by Erman. In it, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy (and the Empath, played by Kathryn Hays) spend the majority of that episode on a mostly bare set consisting of a few props and dark curtains, also being tormented by aliens. 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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Referenced in Star Trek: The Empath (1968) See more »

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My Favorite Outer Limits Episode.
16 July 2006 | by (Planet Earth) – See all my reviews

I have always liked good science fiction. The Outer Limits is one of the best of the science fiction series. These 1960's episodes were shot in B&W which added to their moodiness and effectiveness.

In "Nightmare," a group of soldiers land on planet Ebon to fight. They are captured and become POW's. Their alien interrogator uses all sorts of mind bending, hallucination type of devices to extract information from these POWs.

This is a VERY powerful episode. It depicts the brutality of POW interrogations. I think this episode, along with the movie 36 Hours (1965), should be MANDATORY viewing by anybody undergoing POW resistance training.

The ending of this Outer Limits episode will blow you away.


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