The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 1

Shatterday/A Little Peace and Quiet (27 Sep. 1985)

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Shatterday: Peter Jay Novins calls his home, only to hear himself answer at the other end. A Little Peace and Quiet: a harried housewife struggling with rambunctious children, a demanding husband, and the stress of modern life, finds relief from an unusual source that brings both power and responsibility.

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Peter Novins (segment "Shatterday")
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Bartender (segment "Shatterday")
Murukh ...
Woman at Bank (segment "Shatterday")
John Carlyle ...
Clerk (segment "Shatterday")
Seth Isler ...
Alter Ego (segment "Shatterday")
Anthony Grumbach ...
Bellboy (segment "Shatterday")
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Penny (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
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Russ (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
Virginya Keehne ...
Susan (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet") (as Virginia Keehne)
Britanny Wilson ...
Janet (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet") (as Brittany Wilson)
Joshua Harris ...
Russ Jr. (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
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Bertie (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
Clare Nono ...
Newscaster (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet") (as Claire Nono)
Elma V. Jackson ...
First Shopper (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet") (as Elma Veronda Jackson)
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Second Shopper (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
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Shatterday: Peter Jay Novins calls his home, only to hear himself answer at the other end. A Little Peace and Quiet: a harried housewife struggling with rambunctious children, a demanding husband, and the stress of modern life, finds relief from an unusual source that brings both power and responsibility.

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Narrator: [narration] Some push for what they need; some push for what they want. Some people, like Peter Jay Novins, just push. If they do it hard enough, and long enough, something might just push back... from the Twilight Zone.
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Intriguing premise spoilt by poor production values
28 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

SHATTERDAY is the first instalment of the first-ever episode of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, and as an added hook it contains a dual performance from Bruce Willis, pre-DIE HARD fame, playing a guy who must confront a doppelganger of himself. That's all of the story there is: any answers you're hoping for never materialise, as this is more of a mood piece than anything else, based around telephone conversations and moral quandaries.

The type of story on offer here means that the effectiveness rests entirely on the shoulders of the central actor, and Willis pulls it off. He displays a lot of the tired and stressed mannerisms familiar from his later work in the DIE HARD films, or THE SIXTH SENSE for example. It's lucky they got him on board as he's the only thing making this halfway watchable; without him it would have been a bit of a bore.

A LITTLE PEACE AND QUIET is the second instalment of the first-ever episode of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, and it was directed by horror maestro Wes Craven. However, this isn't a horror story at all, rather a morality story about a suburban housewife who finds herself blessed with a strange power.

The woman is digging in her garden when she finds a box containing a necklace. Unbeknownst to her, the necklace gives her the ability to silence the world, allowing her relief from noisy children and nagging husbands. The premise is amusing at first, but soon things get a lot darker with a nuclear twist.

Well, I found this a very ordinary story and probably one that would have been better on the page. The story is a serious one but handled in a jokey, cheesy, '80s kind of way, with bad acting throughout. The premise was later ripped off for the TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE episode BARTER.


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