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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. "A Quality of Mercy", "Kick the Can", "It's a Good Life", and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".
Even if I haven't seen ever single episode (I still need to check out some of the more well known ones), "The Twilight Zone" is a strong contender for my favorite show of all time. Rod Serling was the master at spinning a good yarn that holds your interest and then pulls the rug right under you when you least expect it. It's even inspired me to write my own short short story within the same themes that his show used to tackle all the time. (I still haven't finished it yet, in case your wondering)
So with all of that out of the way, I really didn't know what to expect from "Twilight Zone: The Movie" even with each…
For the past 20 years of my life I've had a tradition of watching a marathon of Twilight Zone episodes on television on New Year's Eve/New Year's Day. This obviously started because of the Sci-Fi (now SyFy) Channel, as they've always aired the show on those two days.
I grew up watching this movie as well and I've memorized it from start to finish, but I still enjoy watching it (with the obvious exception of Steven Spielberg's crappy, out-of-place "magical negro" segment).
I love the cartoonish set and FX used in Joe Dante's segment [the 3rd, "It's a Good Life"] and the performances of Nancy Cartwright and Kevin McCarthy, too bad the little boy, "Anthony" can't hold a candle to…
The Twilight Zone is kind of an interesting choice for a big blockbuster adaptation, as it isn't one of its (iconic) production elements or characters that resonate with audiences as much as that "holy shit" moment when you figure out that they were never on Earth to begin with or that it's the rest of the world who's disfigured and she's actually beautiful!
But these filmmakers do an okay job of it anyway for the most part, with only Spielberg's segment providing a real drag. I haven't seen the episode it's based on, but I can say that it seems like an attempt by Spielberg to try and distil his very worst qualities as a filmmaker with none of the…
Having never seen an episode of the original television series, plus diving into this feature without any idea of who directed what segment, Twilight Zone: The Movie turned out to be a delightful surprise. Maintaining a firm grip on the senses and keeping its viewers guessing throughout its 101 minutes runtime, it is one of those rare anthology films that works for the most part, if not all.
Twilight Zone: The Movie covers four segments. The first one concerns a loud-mouthed bigot who finds himself transported back in time. The second story is set in a retirement home where a new guest makes the old residents rediscover their youth. The third tale is about a young woman who becomes entrapped…
Smiler Grogan's TV Reviews #2!
Smiler Grogan, age 14, freshman in high school, a little pipsqueak who just started watching TV shows again after about 2 years, maybe more. He reluctantly began watching the classic early '60s anthology series, The Twilight Zone, as it was Halloween time, and he wanted to watch something spooky and mildly entertaining. Little did he know that he was about to enter a world of ingenious writing, shocking twists, and atmosphere galore. Mr. Smiler Grogan was about to take a trip into the Twilight Zone.
So, I just finished watching Season 1 of The Twilight Zone, and it was FUCKING AMAZING! I was absolutely floored by how good this show was, especially for its…
Siempre he tenido un lugar en mi corazón para esta película. La vi en el cine el año de su estreno, mucho antes de comenzar a estudiar la serie original —y digo estudiar porque, dado que es mi serie favorita de todos los tiempos, es a lo que me he dedicado durante años—, y descubrí que los cineastas que empezaban a dejar huella en nosotros estaban a su vez marcados por la magistral creación de Serling.
Sobre la película, algunas apreciaciones rápidas:
- El prólogo/epílogo es inolvidable.
- El episodio de Spielberg no es tan mediocre como se afirma. Quizá la historia tiene menos mordiente que el resto, pero formalmente es un Spielberg en plenitud.
- El episodio de Dante es perfecto.
- ¿Qué otra película de episodios tiene como directores a Landis, Spielberg, Dante y Miller? Irrepetible.
Needs more Dick Miller. Otherwise, very fun.
Four young directors--John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, and the Australian George Miller (who made THE ROAD WARRIOR)--pay homage to the Rod Serling TV series "Twilight Zone." It's disappointing that they didn't attempt to engineer more modern and artful macabre games than the ones on the old shows; what they've given us is an overproduced remake, but with some redeeming elements. The prologue, written and directed by John Landis, and featuring Dan Aykroyd as a hitchhiker and Albert Brooks as a driver, is a beauty, but the happy rush of fright we get from it has to sustain us for a long stretch, because the first two episodes are embarrassments. The first (by Landis) is a painfully blunt sermon on…
"Hey... you wanna see something really scary?"
Twilight Zone: The Movie sports four lightweight yet competent creepy shorts, remade from the TV show, that provide some genuine moments of terror and thought. John Landis's "Time Out" relies more on brisk in-the-moment fright rather than providing insight into the film's most profound issue, but its message still delivers finely. With "Kick the Can", Steven Spielberg competently proclaims with his trademark sentimentality that youth isn't an eternal experience, but it can be when locked into your heart. In the film's most sophisticated short, "It's a Good Life", Joe Dante asks the simple but philosophically extreme question, "What makes a happy & meaningful life?" in a seamless blend of creeps, mind, and heart that…
Four AMAZING directors, two, maybe three good segments. The two best are the ones based on actual popular episodes, It's a Good Life and Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, directed by Joe Dante and George Miller respectively. Spielberg and Landis don't exactly have the better installments. Kick the can is a bit too sickly sweet to be wasted on Spielberg's talents, and Landis' entry, while original and intriguing, goes on a bit longer than necessary. It's nothing too original, but remains a beautifully strange and varied love letter to television's greatest Sci-Fi show.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The movie begins with two men driving down a dark and lonely road, and the boredom inspires them to play a game. This segment might have fallen flat on its face if not for two reasons. One, it nails the familiarity of the humdrum on long car trips like these, and how sooner or later your absent minded humming becomes a game. Two, Aykroyd and Brooks are natural comedians and have oodles of charisma, effectively lulling us into a false sense of security before it ends with what is basically a cheap jump scare. Maybe they should have gone with the cliché of trying to outdo each other with scary stories.
The first is an original tale directed by John…
I have never watched a single TZ episode but I always enjoy watching directors collaborations. The fact that their styles do not merge together keeps the viewer entertained and surprised. What's up with Spielberg part? I was expecting more "Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind" feeling. I wish I had this movie earlier in my life.
Always felt like the only person who full-on loves this movie. All the segments are killer in their own way but Joe Dante's and George Miller's are fucking next level and objectively the best of the film.
Despite the constant reminder in the back of your head of the accident that killed Morrow and those two kids, the Landis segment is classic Twilight Zone; exciting, left-wing, and with a *very* poignant and effecting ending.
Forgot how adorable Spielberg's segment was.
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Sometimes boring, sometimes pretty inspired. The best section is, of course, the one with John Lithgow.
Movies that are slightly off.