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8 ways The Twilight Zone influenced modern TV and film

Louisa Mellor Nov 25, 2017

The Twilight Zone casts a long shadow over today’s film and TV. We salute the legacy left by Rod Serling’s seminal series…

“Damn near immortal” is how Stephen King described The Twilight Zone in his 1981 study of creepy fiction Danse Macabre, and who could argue with that. Like any decent horror monster, Rod Serling’s 1960s anthology series keeps coming back from the grave. Only last week it was announced that CBS is planning to resurrect its award-winning show once again. The new series will be the latest of several revivals over the decades, including an upcoming stage production set to enjoy its world premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre this December.

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The Twilight Zone doesn’t just keep returning in its own right,
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'The Simpsons' spoofs the 'Alien' franchise: A brief history

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'The Simpsons' spoofs the 'Alien' franchise: A brief history
The Alien films have been endlessly spoofed in popular culture, and with its bevy of cinematic references, The Simpsons has proven to be particularly fertile ground for clever tributes to the cult horror/sci-fi series. On the 37th anniversary of Ridley Scott's 1979 original, here's a brief history of the show's loving homages to the cult franchise. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments. (All references compiled from the Alien Anthology Wiki.) Season 5, Episode 15 ("Deep Space Homer") The first instance of The Simpsons' Alien spoofery came during Season 5, when, during a segment of the uber-violent Itchy and Scratchy Show, Itchy is shown bursting from Scratchy's stomach in the style of H.R. Giger's baby xenomorph. Photo Credit: Fox Season 5, Episode 19 ("Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song") After Santa's Little Helper escapes into the air ducts of Springfield Elementary, Groundskeeper Willie is sent in after him, leading
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What?

What is this -- a naughty sex odyssey as absurdist art? Or a non-pc slice of sleazy art film exploitation? Either way it's a (minor) Polanski masterpiece of direction, influenced by the Italian setting. Is what turns Polanski on? The entire excercise is a Kafka comedy of erotic discomfort. What? Blu-ray Severin 1972 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 110 min. / Che? / Street Date April 26, 2016 / 29.95 Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Sydne Rome, Hugh Griffith, Guido Alberti, Gianfranco Piacentini, Romollo Valli. Cinematography Marcello Gatti, Giuseppe Ruzzolini Production Design Aurelio Crugnola Film Editor Alastair McIntyre Original Music Claudio Gizzi Written by Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski Produced by Carlo Ponti Directed by Roman Polanski

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's a slippery slope, I tell you: art films are the gateway to surrealism, and surrealism connects straight to bondage and kinky costume play, which is a direct conduit either to Comic-Con or being forced to resign from the P.T.A.
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The Frankenstein Chronicles episode 1 review: A World Without God

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Sean Bean watches a dead pig float down the Thames in new supernatural ITV drama, The Frankenstein Chronicles...

This review contains spoilers.

1.1 A World Without God

Frankenstein’s monster has never been quick on his feet, so, fittingly missing Halloween by a week, The Frankenstein Chronicles slowly shuffles its way onto ITV Encore. With parts harvested from history, fiction, and film, this Frankie follows in the footsteps of Sky’s Penny Dreadful and ITV’s recent Jekyll And Hyde – so far, so 'TV Execs are still mid-ransack over at the Waterstones’* Gothic fiction aisles' – but what has this show got in abundance that those others were lacking?

Sean. Bean.

*Other retailers are available.

First plus of the series: viewers used to Bean characters getting killed off have nothing to fear this time – some crazy bio-scientist can always just piece him back together during the next thunderstorm with
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9 Things We Learned About Drew Barrymore From Her New Memoir Wildflower

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9 Things We Learned About Drew Barrymore From Her New Memoir Wildflower
Drew Barrymore’s second memoir, Wildflower, is a lot tamer than her previous tell-all, Little Girl Lost. Those expecting salacious retellings of her drugs-and-alcohol-crazed formative years should turn back. (Okay, there's one of those.) However, what you will get is arguably more fulfilling: a series of funny and thoughtful essays touching on various points of her life, ranging from living on her own for the first time to her first encounters with an array of friends and collaborators, like Steven Spielberg and Cameron Diaz. As Wildflower hits bookshelves across the country today, we’ve rounded up nine of the memoir's especially interesting stories.1. She stipulates in her will that she wants to be buried under an avocado tree. As a child, Barrymore lived in a modest duplex in West Hollywood, where she spent most of her time roaming in the backyard and munching on the avocados from the nearby avocado tree,
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Syfy Fourth of July Twilight Zone Marathon 2015 episode schedule

Ready to go back into that other dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind? Syfy is airing its annual favorite again, the Fourth of July Twilight Zone Marathon. At 19-and-a-half hours, the 2015 edition seems a bit shorter than in other years, and shorter than the New Year’s Eve marathon usually is, but it is a good chance to catch up with a number of classic Twilight Zone episodes, including “The Hitch-Hiker,” pictured here. Syfy Fourth of July Twilight Zone Marathon 2015 Episodes (All Times Et/Pt) Saturday, July 4 8am: Little Girl Lost 8:30am: The After … Continue reading →

The post Syfy Fourth of July Twilight Zone Marathon 2015 episode schedule appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine.
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Orphan Black Recap: Gimme Brains

Orphan Black Recap: Gimme Brains
Orphan Black Season 3: Year of the… Noggin?

On the heels of Seth’s grisly brain displacement last week, the BBC America thriller exposed another male clone’s cerebral matter in Saturday’s episode.

RelatedOrphan Black Renewed for Season 4

Meanwhile, Sarah got one step closer to the original Leda DNA, and Alison’s suburban drug venture led to a blast from the past.

Let’s review the hour’s biggest reveals and suss out what they mean for the seestras’ future.

What’S In A Head | After Helena purposefully hurts herself so she will get transferred to the infirmary
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Drew Barrymore Is Finally Publishing Her Life Story

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Drew Barrymore Is Finally Publishing Her Life Story
How do you celebrate turning 40? By inking a book deal to publish your life story, of course. People reports that Drew Barrymore will release a collection of autobiographical essays, via Dutton. The book's described as "humorous, emotional, and welcoming" — so, a lot like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's recent memoirs, we're guessing. Barrymore previously chronicled her famously tumultuous childhood in 1991's Little Girl Lost, but says her new book will include more stories from that time in her life, like "living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross-country road trip, saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led to the most important thing in her life, which is motherhood." Last year Barrymore also published Find It in Everything,
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31 scary TV episodes that truly terrified us

From The Twilight Zone to Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who and more, Den Of Geek’s writers revisit the TV episodes that truly terrify them…

It’s Halloween! Icicles are glistening from window sills. Chestnuts are roasting on open fires. North Pole elves are… hang on, no. None of that nice, fluffy stuff is happening. At Halloween, demonic creatures hunt for flesh, monsters creep out of their graves, and TV does its level best to freak us all the hell out.

In the spirit of all that, we asked our writers to select and share the TV episodes, horror or otherwise, that have made them whimper with fear. Here they all are, 31 of them, because, well, at Halloween, we like things to add up to 31.

Note that this isn’t a Top 10, or a Best Of, nor is it listed in order of scariness. It’s a collection of the particular
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"Steven Spielberg And Duel: The Making Of A Film Career"; Interview With Author Steven Awalt

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Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini

“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”

Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his
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R.I.P. Sarah Marshall

The British actress was a familiar face on TV and on Broadway during the 1950s and early ’60s, earning a Tony nom for her supporting role in 1959’s Goodbye, Charlie. Sarah Marshall died Saturday of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 80. Marshall appeared on dozens of TV shows from the mid-’50 through the mid-’90s, including such popular series as Thriller, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Get Smart, Daniel Boone, Three’s Company and Cheers. She also was a regular on the 1979 CBS comedy Miss Winslow & Son and appeared in the 1980 miniseries Scruples. But Marshall is perhaps best known to American TV audiences for starring roles on episodes of The Twilight Zone (the worried mother in “Little Girl Lost”) and Star Trek (the disease-curing scientist an ex-flame of Capt. Kirk in “The Deadly Years”).
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“The Twilight Zone: The Complete Third Season” Out Now!

“The Twilight Zone: The Complete Third Season” Out Now!
Image Entertainment, who recently released the episodes only edition of Season 2 of The Twilight Zone (review here), has now released the Season 3 collection that will include every episode, so you’ll get to see Robert Redford, Charles Bronson and Leonard Nimoy in action! Order it on Amazon today! Read on for the press release:

Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, announces the release of the third season of Rod Serling’s groundbreaking, science fiction anthology The Twilight Zone: The Complete Third Season, available on DVD on July 9, 2013, at an Srp of $29.98. Season three features an incredible list of guest stars including Rod Serling, Robert Redford, Carol Burnett, Cliff Robertson, Charles Bronson, Leonard Nimoy, Elizabeth Montgomery, Dean Stockwell and Bill Mumy.

The Twilight Zone remains television’s most treasured anthology program. The brainchild of writer and narrator Rod Serling — inspired by the pulp comics, novels and sci-fi films
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The Twilight Zone: The Complete Third Season Episodes Only DVD Release From Image Entertainment.

Who doesn’t love The Twilight Zone? Well, I don’t know, but I know I don’t want to meet them. It’s safe to assume that most horror fans of any form of advance age(I’m 35) grew up, at the very least, watching re-runs of The Twilight Zone on syndicated television. Some of the creepiest moments in television history are thanks to this series. Hell, I remember as a kid, when I was falling asleep to the sound of the TV playing in the background, just the sound of the opening theme chilled me to my core. I have so many fond memories of watching this show as a child, and as an adult.

Collectors of media are aware, The Twilight Zone has been available on various formats, in various packages for us to consume. But, they’ve always been a bit on the pricey side. I
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Season Three of The Twilight Zone Coming to DVD in a Brand New Affordable Edition!!

Following this month’s release of season two, the folks at CBS are gearing up to release a brand new affordable “episode only” edition of the complete third season of The Twilight Zone. Check out the info below!

Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, announces the release of the third season of Rod Serling’s groundbreaking, science fiction anthology The Twilight Zone: The Complete Third Season, available on DVD on July 9, 2013, at an Srp of $29.98. Season three features an incredible list of guest stars including Rod Serling, Robert Redford, Carol Burnett, Cliff Robertson, Charles Bronson, Leonard Nimoy, Elizabeth Montgomery, Dean Stockwell and Bill Mumy.

The Twilight Zone remains television’s most treasured anthology program. The brainchild of writer and narrator Rod Serling — inspired by the pulp comics, novels and sci-fi films of his youth — the series introduced its own special brand of weirdness to viewers on October
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Richard Matheson, William Friedkin, and Vince Gilligan to Be Honored at this Year's Saturn Awards

Their creations are towering achievements in genre entertainment, and on June 26 the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films will recognize the continually influential work of Richard Matheson, William Friedkin, and Vince Gilligan at the Saturn Awards.

From the Press Release

This year’s Saturn Awards ceremony will be hosted by actress Virginia Madsen, who won a Saturn Award as Best Actress for her performance in 1992’s Candyman and received an Oscar® nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for 2004’s Sideways. Matheson, Friedkin, and Gilligan are all expected to attend the Saturn Awards ceremony at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, California.

“The recipients of this year’s special Saturn Awards have influenced generations of fans – not to mention other creative minds – and their accomplishments truly rank among the great contributions to science fiction, fantasy, and horror,” said Academy President Robert Holguin. “They have provoked our thoughts, invaded our dreams,
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Molly C. Quinn Talks Supergirl in Superman: Unbound

Molly C. Quinn Talks Supergirl in Superman: Unbound
Castle star Molly C. Quinn talks about stepping into the role of Supergirl in a three-part video interview for Superman: Unbound, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD May 7th. James Tucker directs this animated adventure where Superman (Matthew Bomer) must stop the evil Brainiac (John Noble) from destroying Supergirl's hometown of Kandor. Take a look at this interview before picking up the Blu-ray and DVD next week.

Superman: Unbound - Molly C. Quinn Interview

Superman: Unbound - Molly C. Quinn Interview 2

Superman: Unbound - Molly C. Quinn Interview 3

Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 release "Superman: Brainiac," Superman: Unbound finds the Man of Steel aptly handling day-to-day crime while helping acclimate Supergirl to Earth's customs and managing Lois Lane's expectations for their relationship. Personal issues take a back seat when the horrific force responsible for the destruction of Krypton - Brainiac - begins his descent upon Earth. Brainiac has crossed the universe,
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Superman Unbound 'Lois & Clark' Clip

Superman Unbound 'Lois & Clark' Clip
Lois Lane (Stana Katic) and Clark Kent (Matthew Bomer) discuss their unique relationship in a scene from Superman: Unbound, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD May 7th. In addition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has also provided us with video interviews for both actors, who discuss stepping into these iconic roles.

Superman: Unbound - Lois & Clark

Superman: Unbound - Matt Bomer Interview

Superman: Unbound - Stana Katic Interview 5

Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 release "Superman: Brainiac," Superman: Unbound finds the Man of Steel aptly handling day-to-day crime while helping acclimate Supergirl to Earth's customs and managing Lois Lane's expectations for their relationship. Personal issues take a back seat when the horrific force responsible for the destruction of Krypton - Brainiac - begins his descent upon Earth. Brainiac has crossed the universe, collecting cities from interesting planets - including Supergirl's home city of Kandor - and now the all-knowing, ever-improving
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Superman: Unbound 'You Must Be Brainiac' Clip

Superman: Unbound 'You Must Be Brainiac' Clip
Superman (Matthew Bomer) gets a not-so warm Brainiac (John Noble) welcome in the first clip from Superman: Unbound, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD May 7. This animated adventure is based on the Geoff Johns and Gary Frank 2008 comic book "Superman: Brainiac", where the Man of Steel must stop this evil villain from destroying Kandor, the home city of Supergirl (Molly C. Quinn). Watch as these arch-enemies square off in director James Tucker's superhero drama.

Superman: Unbound - You Must Be Brainiac

Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 release "Superman: Brainiac," Superman: Unbound finds the Man of Steel aptly handling day-to-day crime while helping acclimate Supergirl to Earth's customs and managing Lois Lane's expectations for their relationship. Personal issues take a back seat when the horrific force responsible for the destruction of Krypton - Brainiac - begins his descent upon Earth. Brainiac has crossed the universe, collecting cities
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Matt Bomer battles John Noble in Superman: Unbound

A host of high profile TV talent have been recruited to be members of the voice cast for Superman: Unbound which arrives on May 7, 2013. Matt Bomer (White Collar) is the Man of Steel who must contend with John Nobel (Fringe) as Brainiac. Also helping out with the all-new DC Universe animated original movie based on the Geoff Johns / Gary Frank 2008 Action Comics arc Superman: Brainiac are the Castle duo of Stana Katic and Molly Quinn who lend their vocal talents to Lois Lane and Supergirl.

Superman: Unbound finds the Man of Steel aptly handling day-to-day crime while helping acclimate Supergirl to Earth’s customs and managing Lois Lane’s expectations for their relationship. Personal issues take a back seat when the horrific force responsible for the destruction of Krypton – Brainiac – begins his descent upon Earth. Brainiac has crossed the universe, collecting cities from interesting planets – including Supergirl’s home
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Superman Unbound Details Released

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The trailer for this May’s release was missing from The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 but was subsequently released online. Now come the complete details of the next direct-to-dvd film from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The fun vocal casting takes television stalwarts from popular genre series and uses them in other iconic roles. Here is the complete press release. Burbank, CA (February 21, 2012) – A destructive force is devastating planets across the galaxy – with Earth next in its sights – and even Superman may not be capable of halting the terror in Superman: Unbound, the next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives May 7, 2013 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp), On Demand and for Digital Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will include UltraViolet™*. Based on
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