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 »
Chalk marks are visible on the wall during Rod Serling's opening. They are drawn there later on, showing that the intro was shot later. 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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One of the top ten of the series, with only one small flaw.
This is the most memorable episode of my childhood years of watching Twilight Zone, and which also seems to have a part in inspiring the film poltergeist. It was likely more frightening because we kids had to go to bed right after the episode! Upon a recent viewing, the episode held up very well, and many things were distinctly apparent that were missed by the youthful viewer I once was. Set design was impeccable, the kind of house that would eventually become retro-chic and is so superbly done that it was hard to keep concentration upon the plot.
Regardless, the story is a 30 minute exposition that seems to go by in half the time, and leaves the viewer wishing it were longer. Yes, it seems to be the inspiration for Poltergeist, the expanded and more complete version we all wanted to see. Alas, the chalking of the wall showing the opening into the other dimension is particularly strange, as we see the neighbor scientist mark the borders in a rectangle, then oddly place unnecessary curves on the outside of the rectangle that have nothing to do with delineating the border, only to give him something to do while chatting an explanation. This was odd to me as a child and is still so.
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