Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 5

The Howling Man (4 Nov. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Howling Man (original title)

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David Ellington recounts a story, one that began just after the end of World War I. He was hiking in Europe when he sought refuge in an abbey during a violent rain storm. The residence is ... See full summary »

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David Ellington recounts a story, one that began just after the end of World War I. He was hiking in Europe when he sought refuge in an abbey during a violent rain storm. The residence is isolated and its head, Brother Jerome, tells him he cannot stay. Ellington is ill however and during his short stay meets someone who is being kept prisoner and howls constantly through the night. Ellington believes the Howling Man is being kept there for no good reason but Brother Jerome tells him of the man's true nature. The decision Ellington makes will haunt him for the rest of his life. Written by garykmcd

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Charles Beaumont had originally envisioned that the monks would keep the Howling Man imprisoned by putting a cross in front of his cell door. Fearful of a backlash in the religious community, the producers substituted the "staff of truth," over Beaumont's objections. See more »

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Although Ellington walks into the monastery in the midst of a thunderstorm, he is perfectly dry. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] The prostrate form of Mr. David Ellington, scholar, seeker of truth and, regretably, finder of truth. A man who will shortly arise from his exhaustion to confront a problem that has tormented mankind since the beginning of time. A man who knocked on a door seeking sanctuary and found, instead, the outer edges of The Twilight Zone.
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'You talked with no man'
21 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This excellent, darkly atmospheric tale is a cracking Gothic TZ. It starts with Ellington (HM Wynant) about to tell a tale 'you will not believe at first'. A storm brings Ellington to seek refuge in a hermitage occupied by a quasi-religious order of beardie weirdies, of which their leader Brother Jerome (John Carradine) is the beardiest weirdie of them all. Ellington has heard a disturbing howling noise in the hermitage that at first is dismissed as the wind. Then Ellington meets a man held prisoner by the beardie bunch. This man claims that the staff-carrying, anti-diluvian-looking Brother Jerome is mad and lecherous. Who should Ellington believe when Brother Jerome's explanation for his captivity makes the situation even more bizarre? It could happen, I suppose.


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