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post #51 of 113
post #52 of 113
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Originally Posted by Ray Abed View Post
The updated monster was just a glorified Gremlin.
Not to get nitpicky, but The Twilight Zone movie was released in the summer of 1983 and Gremlins came out in the summer of 1984.

It wouldn't surprise me if the design of the creature in Zone had an influence on Joe Dante's movie.
post #53 of 113
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Originally Posted by JPL View Post
As for the Zone, my favorite episode of any version is "Nick of Time". The episode was written by the great Richard Matheson and features William Shatner as the lead. A young couple stop by a small diner while their car is being repaired. They pass the time by feeding change into a strange fortune telling machine that seems to always be accurate.

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post #54 of 113
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Originally Posted by JPL View Post
Not to get nitpicky, but The Twilight Zone movie was released in the summer of 1983 and Gremlins came out in the summer of 1984.

It wouldn't surprise me if the design of the creature in Zone had an influence on Joe Dante's movie.
Yeah, I know. I didn't mean it literally. Gremlins were the closest thing I could think of as a comparison point.
post #55 of 113
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Phil View Post
Oh jesus George Jefferson vs the Devil (Ron Glass with a Jheri curl and horns):

I just watched this one and... it wasn't very good. I did like the one line Glass had when Sherman Helmsley felt the devil was being unfair.

"Of course it's not fair. We're evil. Look it up."
post #56 of 113
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Phil, that is so wicked. Thanks for the link. I love that they decided to paint the bobble head in black and white.
post #57 of 113
That would look so awesome on your desk at work.
post #58 of 113
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Originally Posted by Kreeper View Post
1) An Alien race descends upon the U.N. Building in NYC with a mandate that humanity change it's warring ways or they will destroy us. After months of deliberation/negotiation, the World Leaders proudly present the Aliens with a huge tome full of treaties that have quelled all of Earth's international conflicts. The Head Alien flips throug it and laughs. He then tells them that his race wasn't going to eliminate us because we were too war like -- they were going to do it because we weren't war like enough. And more ships descend.
Just watched this. The alien is John Glover! His voice is dubbed/filtered so as to be deeper.

post #59 of 113
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Originally Posted by Phil View Post
Just watched this one. Jefff Yagher looking nothing like Elvis hamstrings it a bit, as does the time-honored filmic tradition of being unable to NOT make period hair look accurate. This 1954 Elvis has the most 80s hair I've ever seen on an Elvis. They don't even try to give Bill Black anything but a sort of feathered jock haircut.

And matronly Marion Keisker is now a sexpot, looking at Elvis like he's a Christmas goose. Otherwise fun stuff. Elvis' actual pal/bodyguard Red West plays his boss in the episode.
Finally got around to watching this one. Liked the gigantic "THANKS TO THE ELVIS PRESLEY ESTATE AND ELVIS PRESLEY ENTERPRISES FOR THEIR COOPERATION" credit at the end. I guess you need to make something like that real prominent if you want to both use Elvis' songs and depict him being impaled by a broken guitar.
post #60 of 113
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Originally Posted by Phil View Post
Just watched this. The alien is John Glover! His voice is dubbed/filtered so as to be deeper.

Oh crap, i'm feeling a great sense of nostalgia. i remember watching this a kid and it scared me silly. Is this on CBS.com?
post #61 of 113
We're watching it on chiller. Not sure about cbs.com
post #62 of 113
So starting tomorrow morning Chiller will be having a marathon of these new Twilight Zone eps. starting at 6:00 am EST.
post #63 of 113
"Profile In Silver" aired this morning. Ehr, ah, Lane Smith has a, uh, striking Kennedy aackcent.
post #64 of 113
I don't remember too much of 80's Twilight Zone, but the episode Examination Day creeped me out back then.
post #65 of 113
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post #66 of 113
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Originally Posted by RathBandu View Post
I really liked "Night Gallery," too, especially the one about the concentration camp guard who is in love with the painting.
You can revisit the series. It looks like most of the Night Gallery episodes are available on Hulu.

http://www.hulu.com/night-gallery
post #67 of 113
Sci-Fi is playing them all this weekend...I just saw the devil play a friendly game of poker with Morgan Freeman and M. Emmet Walsh.

Morgan Freeman: Now what a second, he's betting his immortal soul, what are you putting on the table?

Danny Hedaya as Satan: 18 Dollars.
post #68 of 113
Its pretty cool to see a lot of young stars get their starts in some of these 80s colored Twilight Zones. Just a few i've noticed off the top of my head: Francis McDormand, William Peterson, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Morgan Freeman. Ok, I know Morgan Freeman wasn't young, but he was still a relative unknown.
post #69 of 113
Thread Starter 
Recorded a bunch from the marathon (did you guys know a new season of Eureka starts this Friday on the Sci-Fi channel?). Just watched a western-themed outing titled The Grave starring Lee Marvin as a lawman who visits the grave of a man he had formerly been in pursuit of. Check out the cast that supported Marvin in this one:

-Lee Van Cleef
-Strother Martin
-James "Rosco P. Coltrane/piece of shit from ROLLING THUNDER" Best
-Guy who was Chief O'Hara on the 60's Batman

Bitchin'.
post #70 of 113
My father, grandfather and I watched a few episodes of the marathon. As always, it was a lot of fun. I had no idea my dad loved the show so much. I called later in the day to see if he was enjoying the fireworks that the neighbors were shooting off and he was still in the house watching The Twilight Zone.
post #71 of 113
I don't care about BBQ's or Fireworks on the 4th of July, to me its all about the Twilight Zone Marathons. I hope these continue on the new "Sy-Fy" Channel.
post #72 of 113
For die hard Serling fans, Criterion lists his telepay "Patterns" among their upcoming The Golden Age of Television set due in November.
post #73 of 113
First episode aired 50 years ago today. Go Serling!
post #74 of 113
While I'm pretty sure it's common knowledge, Sci-Fi Channel (SyFy!?!) is running their New Years marathon of Zone today into tomorrow. Each time they run it though they seem to jigger the play order and don't always wait until prime times to show the crucial episodes. So take a peek at the line-up, as short of the glorious dvd sets, this is a great chance to snag one that has eluded you. (Even owning the sets, there's still something about watching a broadcast of an episode. Like hearing a favorite song on the radio. On the other hand SyFy has mangled the episodes by jamming commercials in contrary to the natural breaks they were shot with!)

Just want to give a shoutout to a personal favorite, The Obsolete Man. While Henry Bemis and Luther Dingle always spring to mind (and rightly so) when someone says Twilight Zone, Burgess Meredith is pretty damn moving as the librarian Wordsworth in this one. Hitting a good deal of Serling's favorite points, the story itself is pretty basic, but it's Meredith and Fritz Weaver's dynamic that make it really strike a chord. Showing around 5:00 pm eastern.
post #75 of 113
Damm, I didn't know they were running the marathon on New Years, thought it was only on 4th of July.
post #76 of 113
Caught a few on SyFy HD and was quite impressed with the transfers.
post #77 of 113
I'm still catching up, I randomly selected a bunch of episodes to record on my DVR (for some reason couldn't read the titles, just the descriptions so missed a few mentioned here).

I liked "He's Alive" starring a young Dennis Hopper.

Also caught "To Serve Man" on cbs.com which is supposed to be a favorite, but geez, that was one silly and obvious story though.
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post #79 of 113
Oh, man. Howling Man Satan! My favorite Zone episode and possibly my favorite depiction of Satan. I like my devil old school with pointy ears, horns, goatee and a nice cape.
post #80 of 113
Very Cool, Phil! Museum pieces?
post #81 of 113
These were at Toy Fair this week. Prototypes, I guess. I can't believe they made the old man with the skull mask. His dying old face better be under there.
post #82 of 113
I'd drool over a model of Talky Tina or the ventriloquist dummy Willie. Hell, full-blown dolls with movable limbs would have me pouncing.
post #83 of 113
Some of these episodes still send a chill down my spine. I watched Twenty Two last night and the opening to it was still pretty damn creepy. Also Barbara Nichols' rack.
post #84 of 113
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post

-The Twilight Zone radio show hosted by Stacy Keach. I tried to listen to that once but fell asleep.
I like the stories on the Radio Series as listening to while driving to work stuff but for the most part they're pretty forgettable. The Henry Rollins one is particularly bad. On the other hand the sound work is fucking fantastic!

My favourite from the original series was always the one where the lady had forgotten she was a mannequin. All kinds of creeping dread in that one.
post #85 of 113
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Originally Posted by Ray Abed View Post
I'd drool over a model of Talky Tina
post #86 of 113
"To serve man" still scares the hell out of me for some reason.
I think this is one of the few shows i'll always love no matter what.
My favorite espisode remains "Two"...absolutly brilliant in how it develops.
post #87 of 113
I realize many consider the Talking Tina ep. a classic, but for me its just so so. Telly Savales is enough for me to watch, but if it comes on tv my excitement level is nowhere near it would be if other eps. aired. i.e. To Serve Man, Time Enough at Last, The Monsters are due on Maple St., the ones with Bill Shatner, and The Howling Man.
post #88 of 113
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Originally Posted by Phil View Post
Phil. You always deliver the goods!
post #89 of 113
Not the go-to answer for many, but my favorite amongst the original remains to be Mr. Bevis. After receiving tons of hard-knocks in life (fired from his job, evicted outta home, etc.), a nice guy is given a chance to have the perfect life - thanks to his guardian angel. Very sweet, uplifting episode.

Still can't watch Time Enough At Last. Its sucker-punch ending stings as sharp as it did when I first saw it.
post #90 of 113
I have to admit I can't watch Time Enough At Last without thinking of Futurama's spot on parody of it.

"Hey, look at that weird mirror."
post #91 of 113
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Originally Posted by History Buff View Post
I realize many consider the Talking Tina ep. a classic, but for me its just so so. Telly Savales is enough for me to watch, but if it comes on tv my excitement level is nowhere near it would be if other eps. aired. i.e. To Serve Man, Time Enough at Last, The Monsters are due on Maple St., the ones with Bill Shatner, and The Howling Man.
I like Serling's morality plays the best. He's so earnest and heartfelt. For the more "sci-fi" stuff I prefer The Outer Limits.
post #92 of 113
They need to make Brother Jerome and David Ellington figures to complete the Howling Man set. And maybe a full size, electronic "Staff of Truth" that emits howls at the push of a button.
post #93 of 113
I think i'd only ever really seen one or two episodes of the original series but there's just so many fantastic concepts that it's impossible for me not to want to go and finally work through these.

To Serve Man is hilarious, just giving The Shelter a whirl too now. They're great fun.
post #94 of 113
Please, can someone seriously ressurect Rod Serling?

...He's our only hope.
post #95 of 113
...and Phil, as the resident Serling specialist, can you fill me in on a 'Night Gallery' episode that ends with a guy suspended over a bottemless chasm (he IS NOT a wholesome fellow)[and I COULD be mistaken in the bottemless chasm business...I must of been 10 at the time...but trapped in a house of traps]

Protagonist (looking up at open wooden trap-door) "You SWORE there was a way OUT!!"
Former 'Victim' "There is..." (tosses down gun)...

WTF is that episode, or am I being confused by being too young on my initial viewing?

This has featured in dreams, yet not enough to go through the entire series.
post #96 of 113
...ahh, after more searching I believe it to be 'Episode 36: The Other Way Out'...

Mea culpa...I was 8!
(Christ, THIS is embarassing, but I thought it was from the first series...)
post #97 of 113
Sorry man - I don't know Night Gallery up and down so much. But it's cool that they're pretty much all online.
post #98 of 113
Yeah, but I think CBS's player is broken. I tried to cue up "The Howling Man" and it won't play past the initial Brita filter commercial.
post #99 of 113
In searching for my episode I've come across a BOATLOAD of Serling docs...apologies in advance if these are well known or readily available on the discs...just thought they might be of interest.
post #100 of 113
"Submitted For Your Approval" is in there- it's an American Masters episode that will make you chase down his live tv stuff (3 of his live plays were recently released on Criterion's Golden Age of Television box set). I recommend the Mike Wallace interview if you can find it on youtube. It explains how his frustration with network censors led to the creation of his Twilight Zone soapbox.
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