The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Howling Man 

Seeking refuge from a storm, a traveler comes upon a bizarre abbey of monks, who have imprisoned a man who begs for his help. When he confronts the head monk, he is told that the man is the Devil, and he must decide whom to believe.


Douglas Heyes


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
John Carradine ... Brother Jerome
H.M. Wynant ... David Ellington
Robin Hughes ... Howling Man
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Brother Christophorus (as Frederic Ledebur)
Ezelle Poule Ezelle Poule ... Housekeeper


David Ellington recounts a story, one that began just after the end of World War I. He was hiking in Europe when he sought refuge in an abbey during a violent rain storm. The residence is isolated and its head, Brother Jerome, tells him he cannot stay. Ellington is ill however and during his short stay meets someone who is being kept prisoner and howls constantly through the night. Ellington believes the Howling Man is being kept there for no good reason but Brother Jerome tells him of the man's true nature. The decision Ellington makes will haunt him for the rest of his life. Written by garykmcd

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Plot Keywords:

abbey | devil | monk | prisoner | hermitage | See All (13) »


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Release Date:

4 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Carradine (Brother Jerome) later played Professor Alex Stottel in The Twilight Zone: Still Life/The Little People of Killany Woods/The Misfortune Cookie (1986). See more »


At the end, the housekeeper begins to pull open the closet door before she turns the doorknob, and the door clearly has no doorknob latch mechanism. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] The prostrate form of Mr. David Ellington, scholar, seeker of truth and, regretably, finder of truth. A man who will shortly arise from his exhaustion to confront a problem that has tormented mankind since the beginning of time. A man who knocked on a door seeking sanctuary and found, instead, the outer edges of The Twilight Zone.
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Spoofed in Weird Science: Sci-Fi Zoned (1995) See more »

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Spooky but Fantastic Episode
28 February 2006 | by mustang37221See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite TZ episodes.

The Howling Man is a prisoner kept locked up in a cell of a German castle. He has been imprisoned there by a weird, seemingly crazy sect of friars that maintain the castle. David Ellington is on a walking tour at the end of WWII, caught in the rain and very sick. He stumbles upon this castle and asks for some food and shelter. At first this religious order strangely refuses to help him, but eventually they relent and let him in.

Shortly after is when the howling begins.

Robin Hughes plays the prisoner and looks like a living allegory right out of Milton. John Carradine is excellent as the crazy Brother Jerome.

This is a haunting episode that stays with you.....

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