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 »
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
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 »
Although Ellington walks into the monastery in the midst of a thunderstorm, he is perfectly dry. See more »
Ancient folk saying: 'You can catch the Devil, but you can't hold him long.' Ask Brother Jerome. Ask David Ellington. They know, and they'll go on knowing to the end of their days and beyond - in the Twilight Zone.
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Pandora opens the box and unleashes evil upon the world
The Howling Man may not be the most exciting episode of The Twilight Zone - but it's certainly a very inventive little tale, and nods towards the classic story of Pandora's Box are well implemented. The plot follows a man who comes across an ancient mansion during a storm. He asks for shelter, but ends up collapsing upon his exit from the house. It isn't long before he comes upon an old stable...with a man whom he is told is the devil himself inside. The mansion itself is very eerie, and although we don't get to see much of it (budget constraints), the atmosphere is still well implemented. Obviously, this is only a 25 minute TV episode, so you can't go in expecting the kind of plot and character development seen in feature films; but even in that small running time, this episode gets a lot across. The story itself is the main strength of this piece, as it's very clever and imaginatively brought to the screen. This episode features the acting talents of classic horror star John Carradine, who stands out amongst a small unknown cast in the central, most memorable role.
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