on 14 February 2015
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) is a motion picture version of the original TV series, Twilight Zone (1959), and features remakes of three of the original episodes. OK, let's look at the filmmakers first, an impressive bunch:
Steven Spielberg & John Landis
John Landis (The Prologue & Time Out segment)
Steven Spielberg (Kick the Can segment)
Joe Dante (It's A Good Life segment)
George Miller (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet segment)
John Landis: (The Prologue & Time Out segment)
George Clayton Johnson, Melissa Mathison, Richard Matheson (Kick the Can segment)
Jerome Bixby, Richard Matheson (It's A Good Life Segment)
Richard Matheson (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet segment)
The above have created such iconic works as An American Werewolf in London (1981), Duel (1971), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Gremlins (1984), The Howling (1981), I Am Legend (2007), Jaws (1975), Jurassic Park (1993) and so much more. Then there is the stellar cast, which will be highlighted within the following synopsis.
The film begins with a couple of friends (Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks) driving at night and the driver begins to play the urban legend game where he switches his lights off whilst driving; the first vehicle to flash their lights in warning gets chased by him. However, he backs out and they discuss episodes of The Twilight Zone until something weird happens ... Narrator: Burgess Meredith.
Segment One: ''Time Out''
Stars Vic Morrow, Doug McGrath, Charles Hallahan, Steven Williams, Stephen Bishop, Burgess Meredith (Narrator). A racist bigot who admits to hating Jews, Blacks and Asians is transported back in time to different periods: Nazi Germany, an American KKK Rally, and Vietnam.
Segment Two: ''Kick the Can''
Stars Scatman Crothers, Bill Quinn, Martin Garner, Selma Diamond, Helen Shaw, Murray Matheson, Peter Brocco, Priscilla Pointer, Burgess Meredith (Narrator). An old man gives the residents of a retirement home their most favourite wishes.
Segment Three: ''It's A Good Life''
Stars Kathleen Quinlan, Jeremy Licht, Kevin McCarthy, Patricia Barry, William Schallert, Nancy Cartwright, Dick Miller, Burgess Meredith (Narrator). A young woman gives a lift to a mysterious boy and ends up in an alternate reality.
Segment Four: ''Nightmare at 20,000 Feet''
Stars John Lithgow, Abbe Lane, Donna Dixon, John Dennis Johnston, Larry Cedar, Christina Nigra, Eduard Franz, Jeffrey Weissman, Burgess Meredith (Narrator). A passenger on a plane sees a goblin creature on the wing, trying to tear the plane apart, but he can't convince anyone else that it is happening.
Sees an ambulance driver (Dan Aykroyd) on the same stretch of road and is linked to the prologue ...
The film performed well at the box office and there was a novelization written by Robert Bloch, which does not follow the order of segments relating to the completed movie; Bloch was given the screenplay beforehand, and before it was edited. Jerry Goldsmith provides the music. I really enjoyed this anthology film and place it up with the best of them, including Creepshow (1982) and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990).