When he hears his young daughter Tina calling out in the night, Chris Miller go to her room but finds she isn't there. At first he thinks she fallen off the bed or slid herself under it but despite hearing her call out she's nowhere to be seen. He gets help from a friend, Bill, who concludes that Tina has slid through a portal into another dimension. They find the portal opening but Tina is lost inside and Chris goes in after her. Written by
The only Twilight Zone (1959) episode for the score-writer to be credited before the director (for the vitality of the episode's music). See more »
Chalk marks are visible on the closet door during Rod Serling's opening. They are drawn there later on, showing that the intro was shot last. See more »
Missing: one frightened little girl. Name: Bettina Miller. Description: six years of age, average height and build, light brown hair, quite pretty. Last seen being tucked in bed by her mother a few hours ago. Last heard - "Ay, there's the rub", as Hamlet put it. For Bettina Miller can be heard quite clearly, despite the rather curious fact that she can't be seen, at all. Present location? Let's say for the moment - in The Twilight Zone.
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I went on record, in print, at the time of the film's release, to point out that POLTERGEIST was simply an overblown rip-off of THIS episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE (I also cited several other obvious "influences")- but I was genuinely surprised when Richard Matheson himself professed no ill will toward the producers of the movie. He didn't see anything wrong with their all-too blatant theft of his intellectual property. Whatever his reason(s), I was baffled; but I came to accept his wisdom on the matter. Back THEN... But I can't help but feel, right now, that it was theft, plain and simple. Matheson himself is gone, but his legacy remains; it's too bad, though, that the guilty parties in this case never felt inclined to INCLUDE him in their money-making endeavors. That's just something THEY'll have to live with, I guess.
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