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Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 19 May 1994
Two stories written by Rod Serling and intended for his seminal television anthology series are presented.


Robert Markowitz


Rod Serling (story), Richard Matheson (teleplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Earl Jones ... Self - Host
Amy Irving ... Melissa Sanders - James' Fiancee (segment "The Theater")
Gary Cole ... James (segment "The Theatre")
Patrick Bergin ... Dr. Benjamin Ramsey (segment "Where the Dead Are")
Julia Campbell ... Maureen, Barmaid (segment "Where the Dead Are")
Jack Palance ... Dr. Jeremy Wheaton (segment "Where the Dead Are")
Heidi Swedberg ... (segment "The Theatre")
Priscilla Pointer ... Woman in cinema (segment "The Theatre")
Scott Burkholder ... (segment "The Theatre")
Don Bloomfield Don Bloomfield ... (segment "The Theatre")
Michael Burgess ... (segment "The Theatre")
Grey Silbley Grey Silbley ... (segment "The Theatre")
Alex Van ... (segment "The Theatre")
Deborah Winstead Deborah Winstead ... (segment "The Theatre")
Peter McRobbie ... Dr. Ames (segment "Where the Dead Are")


This tv movie features two stories by Rod Serling, who also wrote the stories of the original The Twilight Zone (1959) series. "The Theater": A young girl goes to the cinema to see His Girl Friday (1940) with Cary Grant. Suddenly she sees scenes from her own life instead of the comedy. The scenes actually took place earlier that day. She is very confused because the other people didn't see those scenes. As she goes to see the movie again, scenes from her future appear on the screen. And that future is very frightening... "Where the Dead Are": Dr. Benjamin Ramsey is professor at the university in Boston in 1868. In front of his students he performes an appendix operation. As the patient O'Neil dies after the operation, Dr. Ramsey discovers that O'Neil suffered from a serious scull fracture twelve years ago. Since no one could have survived such an injury, he travels to the mysterious island where O'Neil came from. There he visits Dr. Jeremy Wheaton who earlier had experimented with ... Written by Peter W. Simeon <simeon@imdb.com>

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At 59 minutes, "Where the Dead Are" is the longest story in the history of "The Twilight Zone". See more »


Host: Good evening, and welcome to a very special two hours of television. Tonight we will see, for the first time, two original dramas, created by, perhaps, television's greatest storyteller, six-time Emmy Award-winner Rod Serling, beginning with a short film about a contemporary young woman, whose life unfolds in a most unusual way. We then travel to post-Civil War Massachusetts, where Rod Serling's last unproduced screenplay comes to life. So, please sit back and join me as we ...
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The great, late Rod Serling: Mystifying audiences from beyond the grave!
16 January 2020 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

When philosophizing about it somewhat deeper, this "Johnny-come-lately" 90s entry in the "Twilight Zone" franchise actually fits neatly into the legendary TV-series' overall mystical universe...

Bear with me; - practically 20 years after the death of mastermind creator Rod Serling in 1975, and following two reasonably successful attempts during the 80s to revive the format with a long-feature movie and a series, there suddenly came a "lost classics" film with two previously unedited tales written and invented by Serling himself. As if the imaginative genius sent a parcel from the sixties into the future, to be delivered from beyond the tomb and via ... the Twilight Zone.

Okay, all geeky fan-boy gibberish aside, the "Lost Classics" TV-movie is good entertainment for admirers of the original show, as well as for fans of mysterious Sci-Fi/fantasy in general. Two versatile tales are presented, both beneficing from solid acting performances and an uncanny atmosphere. The first one admittedly feels like rather formulaic, with Amy Irving receiving ominous premonitions of her own unfortunate future via a cinema screen. The segment won't hold many surprises in store in case you are familiar with the original TZ stories from the sixties, but it's fun to watch nevertheless. The second tale is pure gold; - a period piece with mad doctors conducting grisly experiments on remote islands, nasty immortal fishermen, a ghoulish ambiance, slowly mounting tension, a terrific twist ending, and ... the almighty Jack Palance. "Where the Dead Are" echoes the legendary tales of "Frankenstein" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau", but it's intelligent and sinister enough to stand on its own as a terrific and memorable creep story.

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