A young couple move into a house on the New England coast, even though they are warned by the locals that the house is haunted. They soon find out how right the locals were when the ghost of the former owner, a sea captain, begins to take control of their lives.Written by
Have you ever had the feeling that you knew what someone was going to say just before he said it? Or have you ever walked into a strange room and had the sensation that you'd been there before? Well if you have, you've taken a small step beyond.
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A haunted house story from Charles Beaumont that wants for a deft touch
A sadistic sea captain from the nineteenth century haunts a New England home and poisons the lives of a married couple (Robert Webber and Nancy Hadley) after taking possession of the husband's mind.
These haunted house stories require a deft touch to prevent them from being ludicrous; and a deft touch is just what this episode lacks. Charles Beaumont's script seems workable enough; and the actors seem competent. But little things here and there provoke eye-rolling and laughter instead of chills. Robert Webber launches too quickly into his gruff captain voice. Nancy Hadley finds a diary in the attic and awkwardly reads out loud from it. Little things betray the producers' lack of time and money. The couple is introduced in a long shot and it takes at least a minute before we get a good look at them.
You can't blame this show's faults on age. "The Twilight Zone" is still fresh and original long after its elements have become over familiar. I think part of the blame lies with this series' serious attempts to argue for the paranormal, which "Twilight Zone" never did. This shackles the writers to pseudo-realism and prevents their imaginations from taking flight.
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