The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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The Shadow Man/The Uncle Devil Show/Opening Day 

"The Shadow Man": A teenager discovers that a supernatural being lives underneath his bed. "The Uncle Devil Show": A children's video tape includes instructions in the black arts. "Opening ... See full summary »


Joe Dante, John Milius | 1 more credit »


Rod Serling (created by), Rockne S. O'Bannon | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Ward ... Danny Hayes (segment "The Shadow Man")
Jason Presson ... Eric (segment "The Shadow Man")
Michael Lopez Michael Lopez ... Peter (segment "The Shadow Man") (as Michael Rich)
Heather Haase Heather Haase ... Lianna Ames (segment "The Shadow Man")
Jeff Calhoun Jeff Calhoun ... The Shadowman (segment "The Shadow Man")
Kathleen Coyne ... Mother (segment "The Shadow Man")
Tricia Bartholome Tricia Bartholome ... Redhead Girl (segment "The Shadow Man")
Julia Hendler Julia Hendler ... Girl with Braces (segment "The Shadow Man")
Melissa Moultrie Melissa Moultrie ... Janie (segment "The Shadow Man")
Christopher Gosch ... Boy #1 (segment "The Shadow Man")
Marc Bentley Marc Bentley ... Boy with Glasses (segment "The Shadow Man") (as Marc Bently)
David Goldsmith ... Kid #1 (segment "The Shadow Man")
Amy O'Neill ... Blonde Girl (segment "The Shadow Man")
Murphy Dunne Murphy Dunne ... Uncle Devil (segment "The Uncle Devil Show")
Joel Polis ... Dad (segment "The Uncle Devil Show")


"The Shadow Man": A teenager discovers that a supernatural being lives underneath his bed. "The Uncle Devil Show": A children's video tape includes instructions in the black arts. "Opening Day": A golf pro who kills a businessman in order to be with his wife suddenly finds himself occupying the other man's life just before the murder. Written by A. Nonymous

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Release Date:

29 November 1985 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Elan Oberon (Sally) later married the director John Milius. See more »


Narrator: [opening narration for "Opening Day"] The perfect crime is the one nobody realizes has been committed. Every day, we commit a dozen perfect crimes in our mind, and we never get punished, because those crimes never happen. That's the way it is in the real world. But murder, like a bad meal, has a way of repeating, especially when the bloody stroke is struck... in the Twilight Zone.
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Very memorable show of the series. Well liked as a kid, the shadow man stayed with me.
26 November 2007 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

Episode 10 of "The New Twilight Zone" from CBS's 1985-86 season has to clearly be one of the most memorable and well liked ones for me really because of the first segment "The Shadow Man" it just put that fear and fright in me so well.

The first and best segment of the episode "The Shadow Man" I remember best as I watched with my mother and anyone who saw this episode can relate that this made you as a kid feel frightened and worried about the devil! All of us as kids one time or another have been afraid of the dark, or worried about the closet monster and fear things that go bump into the night. And this segment captured that childhood feeling so well only to present hope yet take a very unexpected and wicked twist at the end. Directed by Joe Dante("Gremlins" fame) is a story of a schoolboy who's timid and bullied and pushed around by others he's looked and picked upon as the biggest chicken around. Then it seems to get worse as one night he meets a dark figure under his bed called "The Shadow Man", yet protection and comfort is promised from this shadow man at all times. Then when strange attacks and abductions of kids happen in town with sightings of a dark figure attacker, never fear one young man isn't worried. Only this episode takes a wicked and hair jolting twist in the end proving never put to much trust in anything or anyone, and it just goes to show that other people have many of the same things that you have. A episode that brought back the fears and chills for us kids at the time.

Second segment "The Uncle Devil Show" is much short and fairy tale type in a hedonistic and devilish settings. It features parents who buy a video for their son that demonstrates magic, only it's a crazy kind of magic from the hand of the devil as a little boy just has some devilish fun. Really nothing special.

Last segment was well acted, written, and takes a twist that proves a good moral lesson of being happy with who you are. Titled "Opening Day" stars Martin Kove as a slick con who works and is friends with rich business man(Jeffrey Jones) yet behind it all the Kove character is having a steamy and lustful affair with the hot and sexy wife of the Jones character. So when duck season comes it's time to settle the score only this murder causes a funny turn and twist as both characters find they have became each other in a new dimension of time! Proving that many times when going to extreme measures many are disappointed and it proves being yourself is often the right choice. Really a pretty classy and written episode that twist well.

Overall good episode that's memorable and well liked due to the first segment one that many of us remember as kids.

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