The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Gramma/Personal Demons/Cold Reading 

In "Personal Demons", a blocked writer copes with destructive black-clad creatures that can only be seen by him. In "Cold Reading", an understudy copes with radio director Nelson Westbrook's insistence on real sound effects.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Georgie (segment "Gramma")
Mom (segment "Gramma")
Frederick Long ...
Gramma (segment "Gramma")
Rockne S. O'Bannon (segment "Personal Demons")
Agent (segment "Personal Demons")
Joshua Shelley ...
Herman Gold (segment "Personal Demons")
Creature #1 (segment "Personal Demons")
Marlena Giovi ...
Widow (segment "Personal Demons")
Penny Baker ...
Pam (segment "Personal Demons")
Stephen Flanigan ...
Harry (Segment "Personal Demons")
Creature (segment "Personal Demons")
Gary Friedkin ...
Creature (segment "Personal Demons")
Creature (segment "Personal Demons")
Creature (segment "Personal Demons") (as Dan Frishman)
Lou Carry ...
Creature (segment "Personal Demons")


In GRAMMA, a long-standing family tradition is passed to the next generation when young George looks after his invalid grandmother during his mother's absence. Blocked hack writer Rockne O'Bannon is plagued by destructive PERSONAL DEMONS that only he can see. During the heyday of radio, a director plans a COLD READING of a play with authentic special effects. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

14 February 1986 (UK)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The segment "Personal Demons", written by Rockne S. O'Bannon, depicts O'Bannon as a dried-up writer near the end of his career, as played by Martin Balsam. O'Bannon was only 31 at the time the program aired; far from being "dried-up", he went on to script other TV shows, and created the film Alien Nation (1988) and the subsequent TV series Alien Nation (1989), and the series SeaQuest 2032 (1993) and Farscape (1999). See more »


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Spooky doings
23 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Barrett Oliver, the cutie pie from THE NEVERENDING STORY, plays a boy left in charge of his dying grandmother. He makes her a cup of tea but spills it. When he goes to clean it up, he realizes granny's terrible moans and weird mutterings have ceased. He has been reading from a book of hers called The Necromicon, which should give you an idea where the plot is headed. When he goes to check on her, she appears quite dead. Little does he know. We never get a good look at grandma, and the only other performer in this taut little tale is Darlane Fluegel as Oliver's mother, who appears for a minute at the beginning and end. So young Oliver is forced to carry the episode, and he does an admirable job of it, aided and abetted by spooky lighting, unearthly howls and suspenseful music. A nice tip of the hat to Lovecraft.

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