Seeking refuge from a storm, a traveler comes upon a bizarre abbey of monks, who have imprisoned a man who begs for his help. When he confronts the head monk, he is told that the man is the Devil, and he must decide whom to believe.
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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I saw this episode many years ago when I was a kid. I have been an avid Twilight Zone viewer for a long time and this episode, by far is the best one of all. It is so awesome. To see how the "Devil" worked his way out of that cell just confirms that if you don't know the Lord or believe in a higher power, you are doomed. Everything about this episode amazed and scared me in the same breath. The significance of the story, the make-up, down to the righteous staff of light and truth that was used to conceal him. FANTASTIC!! This is an episode that everyone(religious/spiritual) or not should see. Did anyone else notice that the man whom played the Devil also played Grandpa on Gimme A Break (Nell Carter's show). It's just sad that whenever there is a Twilight Zone Marathon, this episode is never shown. Why? Too much truth I guess. Not everyone can handle the truth.
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