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
This episode's premise may have served as inspiration for the film Poltergeist (1982). See more »
As the camera pans up on Rod Serling for the opening narration, he can be seen glancing to his left for a second to receive his cue to start talking. 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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Okay, the acting is a little over the top. That's really the only mild criticism I have of this episode. Overall the whole thing hangs together quite consistently. And besides, I'd be a little wild-eyed dealing with a situation like this one! You've got to cut the scientist a little slack. He's in three dimensions, and he's trying to represent, in two dimensions, the portal to a fourth(?) dimension. I see those curved lines as representing boundaries he can't draw with a two (or even three) dimensional medium. (And yeah, I know the chalk has depth, but you know what I'm trying to say!) This is one of my all time favorites. No surprise it's Richard Matheson.
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