The Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 9

Joy Ride/Shelter Skelter/Private Channel (21 May 1987)

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Joy ride: The joy ride that two couples take in a stolen car is disrupted by the car's deceased owner, who isn't done with the car yet. Shelter SkelterR: Two men race to a private fallout ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alonzo (segment "Joy Ride") (as Rob Knepper)
Greg (segment "Joy Ride")
Adrienne (segment "Joy Ride")
Deena (segment "Joy Ride")
Burr Middleton ...
Policeman (segment "Joy Ride")
Danny Spear ...
Policeman (segment "Joy Ride")
Randy Hall ...
Fireman (segment "Joy Ride")
Harry Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Sally Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Nick Gatlin (segment "Shelter Skelter") (as Jonathan Gries)
Adam Raber ...
Jason Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Deidre Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Lauren Levinson ...
Wendy (segment "Shelter Skelter") (as Lauren Levian)
Diana Lewis ...
Reporter (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Tamara Taylor ...
Newscaster (segment "Shelter Skelter")


Joy ride: The joy ride that two couples take in a stolen car is disrupted by the car's deceased owner, who isn't done with the car yet. Shelter SkelterR: Two men race to a private fallout shelter at the onset of a nuclear blast. For months they battle cabin fever and loneliness until one decides to venture out of the shelter and faces a horrific landscape of destruction and darkness ... yet everything is not as it may seem. Private Channel: An accident turns an obnoxious young man's radio headset into a receiver of other people's thoughts. Written by Good2Go

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21 May 1987 (UK)  »

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The second segment's title is based on the book "Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry about the Charles Manson murders and Vincent Bugliosi's role in their prosecution. Jon Gries, who plays Nick Gatlin, actually starred in _Helter Skelter (1976), a movie about the trials, while Manson was played by Steve Railsback, who starred in "Dead Run". See more »


Narrator: [opening narration for "Private Channel"] Modern technology has staged a revolution in the art of isolation. Turn up the volume on your headphones, and the world outside drops away. Sixteen-year-old Keith Barnes has lived in this public seclusion for some time now. But tonight, the tiny radio on which he depends to keep people out is about to start pulling them in, thanks to a very special frequency that can only be picked up... in the Twilight Zone.
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References The Twilight Zone: A Penny for Your Thoughts (1961) See more »

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Joy ride from hell/nuclear fears/magic headphones
5 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Three stories in this episode of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE and they're all rather decent. The first tale, JOY RIDE, is the slightest, featuring B-movie actor Robert Knepper as one of a quartet of joy riders who find themselves on the receiving end of some supernatural justice when the previous owner of the car they've stolen visits them in spirit form. Lots of action and high speed pursuit in this one.

The second story, SHELTER SKELTER, is by far the best and a really entertaining short. It concerns a crazy guy who's convinced that nuclear war is just around the corner and who keeps a well-stocked nuclear bunker in his basement ready for the occasion. When the inevitable happens, there are twists in store for all involved. This is a fine blackly comic tale which features an performance from Joan Allen (MANHUNTER) and a wonderful final twist that you won't see coming; it's a story that's difficult to top, if I'm honest.

PRIVATE CHANNEL is the final segment and it's a pretty decent effort. The story is saddled with a boring actor as the lead (the unlikeable Scott Coffey), but in its favour it does feature a typically intense Andrew Robinson (DIRTY HARRY) playing a crazed plane passenger.

The tale is a simple one with a single idea exploited to the extreme with maximum suspense. A young man realises that the headphones of his personal stereo have the power to pick up the internal thoughts of those around him. When he becomes involved with a plane bomber he realises the true implications of the newfound ability. It's a pretty decent little story that fits well in this show.

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