Four directors collaborated to remake four episodes of the popular television series 'The Twilight Zone' for this movie. The episodes are updated slightly and in color (the television show was in black-and-white), but very true to the originals, where eerie and disturbing situations gradually spin out of control. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
The Vietnam sequence in John Landis' segment, was filmed at Indian Dunes National Park in California. This was the same location, in which the opening scene (also set in Vietnam) for The Exterminator (1980) was filmed. See more »
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[Opening Narration for Segment 2]
It is sometimes said that where there is no hope, there is no life. Case in point: the residents of Sunnyvale Rest Home, where hope is just a memory. But hope just checked into Sunnyvale, disguised as an elderly optimist, who carries his magic in a shiny tin can.
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This movie opens with a rather humorous opening featuring Dan Akroyd and Albert Brooks as it has them discussing various things when they finally come upon the "you want to see something scary" topic of discussion. This is a kind of pre credit introduction to the horrors and wonders of the twilight zone. It then proceeds to a story of a man who is rather racist so he is the first to enter the realm and of course he is put through a lot including being in a rather bad story that was not very twilight like that ended up being part of a tragic Hollywood story as a helicopter accident would take the lead actor Morrow and two child actors. The second story follows a group of elderly people in a nursing home who are about to get a visit from an older man who has a special kind of gift from them. This story was weak too, as it was just a bit to cutesy for my tastes. Finally, the movie gets good as we have the story of a boy with a special secret. He is hit by a woman and she proceeds to take him home to meet his very strange family. This story is good, but it ends rather weakly. Finally, the highlight of this movie a story featuring John Lithgow as a passenger on a plane that is in the middle of a rather violent storm. Add to that he has a dreaded fear of flying and add to that the fact he seems to see a person on the wing of the plane and this person or thing is doing harm to the engines. Add a better ending to story three and just get two different stories all together for the first film and maybe this movie would not have to rely on one story to save the day which the last one does.
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