Edward Hall visits the psychiatrist Dr. Eliot Rathmann that was recommended by his doctor and he explains that he is extremely tired since he has not slept for many days. Edward believes that if he sleeps, he will die and explains that he is dreaming in "chapters" with the evil Maya, the Cat Woman that will kill him in his next nightmare. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The star of this classic episode, Richard Conte, also played Don Corleone's arch-nemesis, Don Barzini, in The Godfather. See more »
Rod Serling - Narrator:
They say a dream takes only a second or so, and yet in that second a man can live a lifetime. He can suffer and die, and who's to say which is the greater reality: the one we know or the one in dreams, between heaven, the sky, the earth - in the Twilight Zone.
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It's now common to have creepy tales that blur the line between being asleep and being awake (that is thanks, in no small part, to a certain resident of Elm Street who terrorises teens in the dreamworld) but this is the first appearance of that strange limbo in The Twilight Zone and there's a lot for fans to enjoy here.
Richard Conte plays the exhausted Edward Hall, a man who runs into the office of a doctor (played by John Larch) and begins to tell him his tale, a tale that involves his dreams getting more and more intense in a way that has convinced him that the woman he has met in those dreams (Suzanne Lloyd) is determined to kill him.
Directed by Robert Florey, and written by Charles Beaumont, this is far from the best idea that The Twilight Zone ever used for an episode. However, everything is boosted considerably by the strangeness of the dreams that are depicted on screen. Everything is slightly strange and there's a lack of cohesion, everything FEELS very dreamlike.
The acting is okay, and Conte certainly convinces as a man who has gone without sleep for far too long, but it's the overall mood and atmosphere that stays with you after the credits roll on this episode. It's especially interesting to see if you're a fan, as I am, of Carnival Of Souls because this feels like an inspiration (however small) for that movie.
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