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.

Director:

Douglas Heyes

Writers:

Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)
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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
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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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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Howling Man See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1924 and 1960. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

David Ellington: Honest men make unconvincing liars.
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Pandora opens the box and unleashes evil upon the world
6 March 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The Howling Man may not be the most exciting episode of The Twilight Zone - but it's certainly a very inventive little tale, and nods towards the classic story of Pandora's Box are well implemented. The plot follows a man who comes across an ancient mansion during a storm. He asks for shelter, but ends up collapsing upon his exit from the house. It isn't long before he comes upon an old stable...with a man whom he is told is the devil himself inside. The mansion itself is very eerie, and although we don't get to see much of it (budget constraints), the atmosphere is still well implemented. Obviously, this is only a 25 minute TV episode, so you can't go in expecting the kind of plot and character development seen in feature films; but even in that small running time, this episode gets a lot across. The story itself is the main strength of this piece, as it's very clever and imaginatively brought to the screen. This episode features the acting talents of classic horror star John Carradine, who stands out amongst a small unknown cast in the central, most memorable role.


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