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"The Twilight Zone" The Road Less Travelled (1986)

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Original Air Date:
18 December 1986 (Season 2, Episode 7)
Vietnam-era draft dodger Jeff McDowell sees something familiar about a wheelchair-bound man who has appeared in his house unexpectedly. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Cliff De Young ... Jeff McDowell (as Cliff DeYoung)
Margaret Klenck ... Denise McDowell
Jackie Bernstein ... Megan McDowell (as Jaclyn-Rose Lester)
Clare Nono ... Susan
John Zarchen ... Jock
Christopher Brown ... Grunt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Charles Aidman ... Narrator (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Wes Craven 
Writing credits
Rod Serling (created by)

George R.R. Martin (written by)

Rockne S. O'Bannon  story consultant

Produced by
Howard Brock .... associate producer
Harvey Frand .... producer
Anthony Lawrence .... supervising producer
Nancy Lawrence .... supervising producer
Hali Paul .... associate producer
Ken Swor .... line producer
Original Music by
Dennis McCarthy 
Cinematography by
Bradford May 
Film Editing by
Greg Wong 
Production Design by
John B. Mansbridge  (as John Mansbridge)
Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox  (as Robert Zilliox)
Costume Design by
Robert M. Moore  (as Robert Moore)
Makeup Department
Gloria Montemayor .... hair stylist
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ann Kindberg .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dawn Easterling .... second assistant director
Bob Roe .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jim Zemansky .... property master
Sound Department
John Adams .... sound editor
David Cantu .... sound editor
Lowell Harris .... production sound mixer
Mickey Hart .... sound designer
Phillip Seretti .... sound re-recording mixer
Rand Wetherwax .... sound designer (as Rand Weatherwax)
Visual Effects by
Bruno George .... visual effects
Fred Raimondi .... compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael P. May .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Gary M. Zuckerbrod .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judith Grant .... costumer
Bob Moore Jr. .... set costumer
Location Management
Orin Kennedy .... location manager
Denis McCallion .... location manager
Music Department
Marius Constant .... composer: original theme
Robert Drasnin .... music supervisor
Grateful Dead .... composer: new title theme (as The Grateful Dead)
Merl Saunders .... composer: new title theme
Robert Takagi .... music editor (as Robert Y. Takagi)
Other crew
Cosmas P. Bolger .... post production executive
Bernadette Caulfield .... production coordinator
Kenneth Gilbert .... script supervisor
George R.R. Martin .... story editor
Rockne S. O'Bannon .... story consultant
Rebecca Parr Cioffi .... story editor (as Rebecca Parr)
Martin Pasko .... story editor
Paul Tucker .... production executive
Reid Reilich .... craft service (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rod Serling  creator

Cinematography by
Robert E. Collins (3 episodes)
Film Editing by
Howard Brock 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist
Art Department
Carlos Caneca .... carpenter trainee
Sound Department
John Agalsoff Jr. .... boom operator
Scott Purdy .... sound re-recording mixer
Don White .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
James Cummins .... special effects
Andrew Miller .... special effects
Larry Odien .... special mechanical effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Doug Campbell .... motion control DP cameraman
Bud Davis .... stunt coordinator
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Alexander .... key grip
Susan Shaw .... camera trainee
Music Department
Mickey Hart .... special musical effects
Jeff Vaughn .... score mixer
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A disappointment, considering Craven's oeuvre, 12 June 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED has a decent premise but turns out to be one of the weaker episodes of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE. It concerns the Vietnam War and it was directed by Wes Craven, so it has every right to be good, and yet it's not. A combination of weak storytelling and poor production values sink this one from the outset.

The story sees a kid starting to find her family home haunted by a strange old wheelchair-bound guy. It soon transpires that this isn't a routine haunted house effort but that instead the guy hails from an alternate reality where things have turned out very different. The acting is okay here but the story feels rather diluted and ordinary at best.

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