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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Spooky but Fantastic Episode
28 February 2006 | by (Atlanta, GA United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite TZ episodes.

The Howling Man is a prisoner kept locked up in a cell of a German castle. He has been imprisoned there by a weird, seemingly crazy sect of friars that maintain the castle. David Ellington is on a walking tour at the end of WWII, caught in the rain and very sick. He stumbles upon this castle and asks for some food and shelter. At first this religious order strangely refuses to help him, but eventually they relent and let him in.

Shortly after is when the howling begins.

Robin Hughes plays the prisoner and looks like a living allegory right out of Milton. John Carradine is excellent as the crazy Brother Jerome.

This is a haunting episode that stays with you.....


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