The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Shatterday/A Little Peace and Quiet 

Peter Jay Novins calls his home, only to hear himself answer. / A harried housewife struggling with rambunctious children and the stress of modern life finds relief from an unusual source that brings both power and responsibility.

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Wes Craven

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Rod Serling (created by), Alan Brennert (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Bruce Willis ... Peter Novins (segment "Shatterday")
Dan Gilvezan ... Bartender (segment "Shatterday")
Murukh Murukh ... Woman at Bank (segment "Shatterday")
John Carlyle John Carlyle ... Clerk (segment "Shatterday")
Seth Isler Seth Isler ... Alter Ego (segment "Shatterday")
Anthony Grumbach Anthony Grumbach ... Bellboy (segment "Shatterday")
Melinda Dillon ... Penny (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
Greg Mullavey ... Russ (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
Virginya Keehne ... Susan (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet") (as Virginia Keehne)
Britanny Wilson Britanny Wilson ... Janet (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet") (as Brittany Wilson)
Joshua Harris Joshua Harris ... Russ Jr. (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
Judith Barsi ... Bertie (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
Clare Torao ... Newscaster (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet") (as Claire Nono)
Elma V. Jackson Elma V. Jackson ... First Shopper (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet") (as Elma Veronda Jackson)
Pamela Gordon ... Second Shopper (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
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Peter Jay Novins calls his home, only to hear himself answer. / A harried housewife struggling with rambunctious children and the stress of modern life finds relief from an unusual source that brings both power and responsibility.

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  • Jack London's Star Rover - A novel about a University Professor who was imprisoned, who engages in "astral projection" (the spirit leaves the body) in order to endure the agony of torture. The Professor claims to travel through time and space during this projection. In clinical terms, it is known as a dissociative state.
  • Carl Jung and the concepts of Shadow/Persona and Anime/Ego
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Narrator: [narration] Some push for what they need; some push for what they want. Some people, like Peter Jay Novins, just push. If they do it hard enough, and long enough, something might just push back... from the Twilight Zone.
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Intriguing premise spoilt by poor production values
28 March 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

SHATTERDAY is the first instalment of the first-ever episode of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, and as an added hook it contains a dual performance from Bruce Willis, pre-DIE HARD fame, playing a guy who must confront a doppelganger of himself. That's all of the story there is: any answers you're hoping for never materialise, as this is more of a mood piece than anything else, based around telephone conversations and moral quandaries.

The type of story on offer here means that the effectiveness rests entirely on the shoulders of the central actor, and Willis pulls it off. He displays a lot of the tired and stressed mannerisms familiar from his later work in the DIE HARD films, or THE SIXTH SENSE for example. It's lucky they got him on board as he's the only thing making this halfway watchable; without him it would have been a bit of a bore.

A LITTLE PEACE AND QUIET is the second instalment of the first-ever episode of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, and it was directed by horror maestro Wes Craven. However, this isn't a horror story at all, rather a morality story about a suburban housewife who finds herself blessed with a strange power.

The woman is digging in her garden when she finds a box containing a necklace. Unbeknownst to her, the necklace gives her the ability to silence the world, allowing her relief from noisy children and nagging husbands. The premise is amusing at first, but soon things get a lot darker with a nuclear twist.

Well, I found this a very ordinary story and probably one that would have been better on the page. The story is a serious one but handled in a jokey, cheesy, '80s kind of way, with bad acting throughout. The premise was later ripped off for the TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE episode BARTER.


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English

Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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