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A Movie A Day: DEAD OF NIGHT (1977)
It has nothing to do with time… The dead of night is a state of mind.



Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the newest October special horror run of A Movie A Day! [For the entirety of October I will be showcasing one horror film each day. Every film is pulled from my DVD shelf, recorded on the home DVR or streamed via Instant Netflix and will be one I haven’t seen. Unlike my usual A Movie A Day or A Movie A Week columns there won’t necessarily be connectors between each film, but you’ll more than likely see patterns emerge day to day. At the end of each standard AMAD I’m going to include a recommendation of a genre film that is either one of my personal favorites or too good of a double feature with the AMAD title to pass up a mention.] I must admit that I bought this title out of frustration. I was looking for the 1945 Dead of Night after a recommendation from a talkbacker last run of Halloween AMAD. I believe I posed the question in my BLACK SABBATH review… “I wonder what the first anthology horror is.” And I heard about the British horror flick Dead of Night. However when I went searching for it on DVD all I found was one out of print double feature DVD from 2003 that was going for over $50 used. I was frustrated and saw the cover for this 1977 Dead of Night… that coupled with a nice price and cool cover had me clicking the One Click Shopping button on Amazon. Fuck you 1945 Dead of Night. Like hell you’re getting my $50. I’ll give a tenth of that price to 1977 Dead of Night! Now 1977’s Dead of Night is a TV movie, but a high quality TV movie. Much like it’s more expensive 1945 counterpart it is also an anthology. Get this… it’s directed and produced by Dan Curtis, director of TRILOGY OF TERROR, BURNT OFFERINGS and the Dark Shadows series and written by Richard Holy Christcakes Matheson (The Holy Christcakes part was my own addition, not his real middle names).

Unlike most horror anthologies (like the ones from Amicus and Hammer) this movie covers a lot of genre territory. The first segment (called Second Chance) plays like an episode of Amazing Stories. It has that early-career Steven Spielberg blown out white and hazy look and follows a young Ed Begley Jr. as a college student and car enthusiast. He gets wind of a local farmer with a rare body in his garage. Not a body body, of course, but a car body, a 1926 Jordan Playboy to be specific. The car comes with a story… it was used new, but the guy who owned it was racing a train, miscalculated and he and his girl died. The wrecked car is all that is left. Christine! Nope, not a haunted car story. Instead it’s a time travel story. Begley painstakingly restores the car to all its default parts, even keeping the original license plates. When he finishes up he decides to take it on a nice summer drive in the country, using only the roads it would have driven on… by doing so he ends up back in 1926. There’s nothing particularly scary about this story, which is fine. It’s all about awe and wonder at the supernatural as Begley gets to tour around the distant past, effecting a small change in the process. The second story, called No Such Thing As A Vampire is the drag as 90% of the middle stories in anthologies tend to be, but still worth watching for Patrick Macnee (The original Avengers series, The Howling, Spinal Tap, etc) and Elisha Cook Jr. (great character that was in everything from THE MALTESE FALCON to SALEM’S LOT).

It’s a GASLIGHT tale. If you’ve seen Gaslight I just ruined the segment for you, but it’s not that good anyway. Set in the old timey horse and buggy days a woman wakes every morning with two puncture marks on her neck and blood covering her sheets. She’s convinced she’s being visited by a vampire every night, scaring off the help and frustrating her practical-minded doctor husband (Macnee). Elisha Cook plays a servant that is scared to death of vampires, but claims to have killed one before. Finally, Macnee decides to call in a friend of the family, a handsome young man, to help him stay awake and watch his wife to find out what the hell is going on. The end is predictable, but not horribly executed. The whole story just lacks any sort of finesse. It’s a cannon shot, but you need a little more than just the big plot points to make a cohesive story. The final segment, Bobby, is the best of the bunch and also the only purely horror section of the movie. It concerns a grieving mother (Joan Hackett) who turns to black magic after her son drowns. In the age of Pet Semetary you know that if she resurrects her child it ain’t gonna be pretty and that’s what we get. She completes her ritual and her kid comes back. I recognized the kid playing Bobby, but couldn’t place him immediately. But he was in BEN, the Willard follow-up… a movie I happen to like a lot (and it also features a great solo young Michael Jackson title song) and he was also in the odd and not completely awesome, but still cool BURNT OFFERINGS, also directed by Dan Curtis. Bobby starts off acting normal, but soon the façade drops and it becomes a horror movie chase through the house with a great, creepy “Fuck that!” finale. I just found out the really crappy looking mid-90’s Trilogy of Terror sequel is a remake of this movie and rewatched the Bobby story on youtube… pales in comparison. The 90s version is beat for beat (using the same Matheson script) the same, but the difference between ‘70s photography and editing and ‘90s photography and editing is night and day. The new one looks like a Red Shoe Diaries episode whereas the original looks more like Kolchak. And the make-up effect at the end of the original is a million times creepier. Final Thoughts: Dead of Night is definitely a product of its time, but that’s a good thing. It was originally produced as a pilot to a new series that I desperately wish had been made. I love horror series… be it Tales from the Crypt, Tales From the Darkside, Monsters, Outer Limits or Twilight Zone. Those were the gateway drug that got me into real deal horror. And some of those are scarier than most genre movies made these days.

Luckily for me I see that TCM is running the 1945 Dead of Night on Halloween, so I’m gonna fire up the ol’ DVR and finally watch that fucker. For the recommendation title the obvious choice is what I’m going with. Richard Matheson scripted anthology movie? How about:

The Twilight Zone Movie has a lot of controversy surrounding it because of the famous onset accident that killed two Vietnamese children and actor Vic Morrow. There is still a hardcore group of people who have not and will never forgive John Landis for that. I’m of the opinion that the dude can’t shoulder all the blame. Accidents happen. It’s not like he wanted the chopper to crash. Could it have been avoided? Absolutely. Landis was cutting corners to get his shots, but no more than most directors have to when under the gun. In fact, if what I’ve read of the incident and court case Landis was right there when the chopper crashed. If it had fallen the other way it would have killed Landis instead. The dude was tried and found innocent of negligence. What he was guilty of was gaming the system so that he could have minors working longer than they typically are allowed to. In any event, that’s all interesting Hollywood Babylon type stuff, but what counts is the movie. Like most anthologies this one isn’t wholly successful, but I’m not ashamed to admit that even so I love every minute of this movie. Call it nostalgia if you want (you might be right), but it’s true. Yes, even the Kick The Can segment. So, we have four segments and a wrap-around. The directors are John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller. Great talent pool. Landis’ segment is a little sad to watch, but Morrow gives a helluva performance as a pissed off racist that fate decides to make walk in the shoes of those he detests. He leaves a bar, after insulting every minority he can, of course, and finds himself in Nazi occupied Germany… not knowing what’s going on, not speaking the language, having no identification.

He is pulled out and placed in another time, this time the Deep South surrounded by the KKK, then Vietnam as a villager… We never see Morrow as he is seen by those filled with prejudice and hate, which I really like. It allows Morrow to act out his arc. It’s not a glitzy happy segment with a Scrooge-like second chance. This is a hate-filled man that is put through hell and we don’t know the end of his story, but given the last shot of him I’d venture it doesn’t turn out well. Landis also directed the prologue, which is one of the best scenes of two guys getting to know each other ever. It’s Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks driving at night, playing trivia games that give us a quick idea of their personalities and also make us feel like we’re there. The “Do you wanna see something reaaaaalllly scary?” line from this scene is quoted frequently. Spielberg’s segment, Kick The Can, is always frowned upon and I grant you it’s slow and uplifting, which isn’t exactly the tone people expect or want out of a Twilight Zone movie, but it’s got magical Scatman Crothers! Maybe I’m partial to old people stories, but I do love the joy of this segment. It looks like a million bucks, totally Spielberg framing and focus, and Jerry Goldsmith’s score (one of the only movies Spielberg ever filmed not scored by John Williams, by the way) is particularly touching.

Joe Dante’s piece is probably the most flat out fun of the whole movie, an extremely cartoony (literally) bit that has a Kathleen Quinlan playing a teacher who is pulled into the dysfunctional family life of a young boy (Jeremy Licht) who seemingly has the power of God. There are crazy creatures, Tex Avery and Max Fleischer inspired set design and Kevin McCarthy. And, being a Joe Dante movie, the great Dick Miller makes an appearance.

George Miller’s segment is probably the most well-known re-do of an original episode, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, about a skittish man flying during a real bad storm who swears he sees a gremlin on the wing of the plane. In the original TV episode this was William Shatner, in the movie it’s John Lithgow and he goes for broke here. Of all the segments this is the most complete package I think. It delivers the suspense, entertainment and full on Twilight Zoney feel. Also, keep an ear out on Goldsmith’s awesome score for this scene. You might hear the beginnings of his iconic Gremlins theme.

So, yeah… both anthologies written by Richard Matheson and both sharing at least one story that feels Spielbergian… and the latter actually feels that way for a reason!

Here are the next week’s worth of AMAD titles: Friday, October 23th: THE SERPENT’S EGG (1978)

Saturday, October 24th: THE SWARM (1978)

Sunday, October 25th: THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS (1960)

Monday, October 26th: COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE (1970)

Tuesday, October 27th: THE SADIST (1963)

Wednesday, October 28th: CHRISTMAS EVIL (1980)

Thursday, October 29th: DEVIL DOLL (1964)

Closing in on the final week of Halloween AMAD! Tomorrow we move from TV horror anthology to a gosh darn honest to god Ingmar Bergman movie that’s supposed to be surreal and creepy as all hell. Looking forward to it! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



AMAD Halloween Spectacular 2009: October 1st: Nothing But The Night (& The Wicker Man)
October 2nd: Beware! Children At Play (& The Devil Times Five)
October 3rd: Cameron’s Closet (& Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood)
October 4th: Afraid of the Dark (& The Lady In White)
October 5th: The Pit (& The Gate)
October 6th: Brain Damage (& Basket Case)
October 7th: Brain Dead (& Braindead, aka Dead Alive)
October 8th: Visiting Hours (& Dressed To Kill)
October 9th: Macabre (& The Beyond)
October 10th: Private Parts (& Eating Raoul)
October 11th: Road Games (& Duel)
October 12th: Dead End Drive-In (& Repo Man)
October 13th: Psychic Killer (& Alone In The Dark)
October 14th: The Body Snatcher (& Son of Frankenstein)
October 15th: The Leopard Man (& The Ghost and The Darkness)
October 16th: Wolfen (& Cujo)
October 17th: Madhouse (& Happy Birthday To Me)
October 18th: The House With The Laughing Windows (& Deep Red)
October 19th: The Spiral Staircase (& Eyes of a Stranger)
October 20th: Demon Seed (& Inside)
October 21st: Stagefright (& Phantom of the Paradise)
Click here for the full 215 movie run of A Movie A Day!

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  • Oct. 23, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    first

    by leghumpingninja

    hey quint, the ealing dead of night is on youtube

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Doodoo Brown

    by StarchildAD

    Turn that shit up and dance to it you jibba jabba mothafucka!

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 1:50 a.m. CST

    The opening bit of Twilight Zone is perfect

    by Turingtestee

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST

    leg

    by Quint

    I'm sure in iffy quality and I hate watching movies on my computer. If it was my only option I'd do it, but now that I know it's playing TCM next week I'll wait for that. Thanks for the heads up, though.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 2:04 a.m. CST

    lol! Devil Doll?

    by evolvingsensblty

    "Did someone just come in here and paw my puppet?" Is this the first film you've done that's been on Mst3k? Good luck. It's tedious even with Mike and the 'bots.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST

    What a stellar cast

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Ha.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Ha

    by Quint

    I didn't realize that was an MST3K movie. Oh boy. Is it too late to replace it? :)

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST

    You have never seen DEAD OF NIGHT?!?!?

    by HEADGEEK

    Really? I had no idea how abused you were. My god, DEAD OF NIGHT is one of the greats Quint. You need to go bang on Father Geek's door and say, "SHOW ME!"

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    hey Quint

    by tvs_frank

    instead of that crappy devil Doll, why not get 1980 classic Talia (Rocky) Shire's mutant skinless bear flick "Prophesy"? also co stars Armand( Stallone's Judge Dredd) Assante!

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST

    oh, and wasn't the Kevin Mccarthy segment of Twilight Zone movie

    by tvs_frank

    just a remake of the television episode where Tv's Will Robinson(Billy Mumy) wished people into the corn field when they didn't do as he said?

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Devil Doll

    by Dr Eric Vornoff

    Why don't you just swap this with the awesome Tod Browning movie from 1936 of the same title? You can just pretend you put the wrong picture up today and no-one will be any the wiser.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Dan Curtis is a GOD.

    by DocPazuzu

    Three things can be said to have turned me into the drooling geek I am today: <p> 1) 1933 King Kong <p> 2) Star Wars <p> 3) Dan "Man-God" Curtis <p> Seriously, if you were born in the mid to late 1960's, just look at that sterling gentleman's filmography and tell me he hasn't in one way or another fucked your head up with his astounding made-for-TV horror output. This was the guy behind, among other things, Trilogy of Terror, Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker and the Jack Palance Dracula--a portrayal so awesome and definitive that Gene Colan and the other folks at Marvel claim they used it as a blueprint for the brilliant 1970s Tomb of Dracula comics. <p> In an age when the term "network TV movie" actually meant quality and cutting edge material, Dan Curtis outshone them them all. The 1970's were filled with truly scary horror movies made for the tube and nobody was better at it than Dan Curtis. Apparently, he was a wonderful guy in real life, too.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Quint...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...kudos on this series, which for the most part has been very entertaining to read. You are the heart and soul of AICN these days--even if I can't swallow your tepid review of The Pit. <p> Also, why is it a film geek like you doesn't have a region-free, multi-system movie set-up at home? Dead of Night is easily obtainable in R2 land for a mere pittance. Considering your travels abroad in the service of AICN, wouldn't you like to be able to actually buy DVDs in other countries?

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Dead of Night

    by The_Skook

    The original is superb. Still spooky after all these years. Watch out for a young Sally Anne Howes; Truly Scrumptious in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 3:37 a.m. CST

    FSM just released the complete Goldsmith score to TZ...

    by Admonisher

    Earlier this year (or maybe it was late last year) Film Score Monthly released the complete Jerry Goldsmith score for TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE as a limited edition, and even included the original album edits for those who prefer them. It's one of Goldsmith's finest scores. A MUST-HAVE CD, and currently still available. Check it out.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST

    not to be a nit-picky jerk...

    by electronegativity

    ...and totally at your inconvenience, at that; i totally feel a bit robbed since i value your opinion. i think of movies as movies and made for TV anthologies (and pilots) as a slightly different beast... you may as well include the 'tales from the crypt' pilots as a MOVIE A DAY. i understand your need to entertain yourself and view things you haven't viewed before but i have to ask if you're that desperate for something new that you end up cheating a little or if you're being lazy and trying to 'float us on a fake cloud in heaven', so to speak. c'mon. i say you owe us a recommendation list for 31 top halloween must-see's; that's a movie day for us as an encore (and next year at the end of september) for pulling that one.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST

    I freakin' love the Twilight Zone movie

    by The_Crimson_King

    I use to watch that all the time on TNT as a kid and I love the whole thing too including Kick The Can, Scatman Crothers was the man in it! anyone that disses Kick The Can needs to FEEL THE POWER OF THE SCATMAN

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST

    also I have a funny story involving Burnt Offerings

    by The_Crimson_King

    I watched it with my parents when I was around 9 years old and it SCARED THE EVER-LOVING SHIT OUT ME! seriously that movie scared me so bad I was near crying, but here's the funny part, when I had to go to bed afterward I demanded my parents escort me into my bedroom and when they started to leave without turning the closet light on I yelled "TURN THE FUCKING LIGHT ON!" yes I said the F-word and although that displeased my parents they didn't punish me for it. I still have a laugh about that with my parents to this day

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST

    See? The_Crimson_King...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...knows what I'm talking about...

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 5:35 a.m. CST

    yeah, Dan Curtis is cool

    by The_Crimson_King

    I've never seen Dark Shadows, but my uncle told me a story about he was watching it once as a kid and it was a scene where two are just walking a garden on everything seems nice and then all of a sudden it zooms in on this werewolf looking guy watching in the background, my uncle said that scared him so bad

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 5:36 a.m. CST

    *people

    by The_Crimson_King

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 5:37 a.m. CST

    jeez, I messed up bad

    by The_Crimson_King

    I mean to say "a scene where two people are just talking in a garden and everything seems nice"

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Dante's segment of the Twilight Zone

    by Boba Fat

    is one of the best things he's ever done.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Burnt Offerings

    by Jack Burton

    That movie scared the shit out of me when I was a kid. I still won't re-watch it. I had nightmares from that one. That movie was just fucked up. Thanks for the heads up for "Dead of Night" on TCM. Definitely checking that out. They running anything else good/obscure on Halloween?

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 6:09 a.m. CST

    I remember those killer bee movies when I was

    by durhay

    a kid. Is the Swarm the one where they drive into the Superdome at the end?

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 7:45 a.m. CST

    We need a new, good, consistent Horror show

    by SoylentMean

    Tales From the Crypt was the last one and it's been years. Masters of Horror was way too hit or miss and the less said about Fear Itself the better (although I did buy the complete series). <P> Horror is my go to genre, my comfort genre, and not seeing its presence on tv in any discernable way (save for Supernatural, which is awesome) is kinda disturbing. <P> Lost has its Horror moments and Dexter is fun (but not too horrifying). Tru Blood might be fun but I've never seen it and I don't think I'll ever watch The Vampire Diaries.<P> It's pretty sad to watch The Twilight Zone series and realize that nothing has ever really matched it in terms of quality and that it's so damn old. I have high hopes for AMC's The Walking Dead series (if they put as much effort into that as they do Mad Men it's gonna be good).<P> Still, tv needs more Horror and pronto.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST

    I can't believe Kolchak only lasted one season!

    by SoylentMean

    The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler double disc from MGM and Kolchak: The Night Stalker get watched fairly often at my house, because they bludgeon to death just about anything else on tv.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Quint needs to see:

    by Davidhessstation

    May, Trick R Treat, Let's Scare Jessica to Death, Legend of Hell House, Hummanoids From the Deep (1980) and Alice Sweet Alice.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Question for Quint or any other TB'er

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I have to be vague because it's been about thirty years...but I remember reading the synopsis of some movie in Famous Monsters that scared the starch out of me as a kid. I want to say vampires were involved, and maybe a guy searching for his lost brother...I think it was called Black Sunday or Bloody Sunday or something...anyone remember? I know that isn't much to go on, but I really can't remember, I just remember the FMOF writeup gripping me...

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    NOTREAL

    by Davidhessstation

    Black Sunday - Mario Bava film with Boris Karloff.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Oops

    by Davidhessstation

    I meant Black Sabbath. I get the two mixed up.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Nancy Cartwright was the daughter in the Dante segment...

    by Drab_is_Gay

    Ethel, the blonde? Thats-a Bart Simpson! And please, Quint, if possible, don't do Devil Doll! A ventriloquist threatening his dummy with never letting him have ham again. No shit. SERIOUSLY. It's bad. Real bad.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Devil Doll-MST3K

    by Anna Valerious

    Which is where most of us saw this.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I saw the original DEAD OF NIGHT on AMC years ago

    by Tacom

    back when it actually showed classic movies from the thirties and forties!

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    The scene wit the creepy monster, coming out of the TV set...

    by Jamie McBain

    in the Twilight Zone movie, still freaks me out.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    The Savage Bees is the one with the Super Dome

    by daviswhite

    Yes, 'The Savage Bees' - I loved it's memorable Super Dome conclusion. That alone makes it better than The Swarm. The Swarm came out way too late. Every network had already produced a Killer Bee movie by then. Michael Caine's extreme histrionics throughout are kind of a hoot though.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I loved KIck The Can

    by Redmond

    Was a big fan of it when the movie came out, and it's still the only segment I can fully enjoy now. Something about it - from the framing, the lighting (pre-Janusz Kaminski), the scoring - all just felt right to me. I read a rumor awhile back that after the Vic Morrow accident, though, that Spielberg essentially abandoned the project and let Kathleen Kennedy finish it, but I'm not sure if that's ever been confirmed. Hated the Landis sequence, and not just because of the off screen stuff. It's just an all too obvious and poorly made segment. Dante's segment is OK, but the ending was terrible. Loved the Miller segment, esp. Lithgow's head about to explode performance. And, of course, the opening segment. And, oh yeah, the 1945 DON is cool.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    "I’d venture it doesn’t turn out well." Got that right.

    by reflecto

    Seeing as Landis murdered those actors, then went to the memorial service to do a pitch for the film.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Jack Burton

    by Flem_Snopes

    TCM is doing a stellar job of showing old horror movies this Halloween season, as usual. They're featuring Karloff, and if you don't see anything else you absolutely should catch 1932's pre-code "Mask of Fu Manchu" with Karloff and Myrna Loy as he sadistic daughter. There's other good stuff showing too like the 1933 version of House of Wax with Lionel Atwill. Check out the schedule on their Web site. They are showing all sorts of cool stuff.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    @ QUINT

    by brassai2003

    A bit of TZ trivia. the Latino soldier in the Vietnam segment says to his sgt. "We're lost, i told you w shouldn't have shot Lt. Nedemyer" obvs a tip to the hat to Animal House where the latter gets the "was killed by his own troops in Vietnam" words at the end.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I can't see The Walking Dead being good on AMC

    by The_Crimson_King

    I mean, they couldn't have any gore for crying out loud! you can't have zombies and no gore

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Redmond...

    by The_Crimson_King

    I've always found the Landis segment creepy as hell because I find racism and how something so terrible casually permeates so many people one of the scariest things about the world

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    the cartoon like characters

    by El Borak

    in tz fucked up my shit when i was young.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    "Kick The Can" is the WORST thing Spielberg has ever done

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    So sappy it makes Hook look like Munich, and it totally inverts the ending of the original TZ episode (where the old people remain as kids at the end and run off into the night, except the old guy who asks to be taken with them, and is rebuked).<BR><BR>Jerry Goldsmith's score for the entire movie is amongst his all-time greatest, however. Buy the FSM CD while it's still in-print.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Nasty In The Pasty

    by The_Crimson_King

    FEEL THE POWER OF THE SCATMAN!

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 3:32 a.m. CST

    THE POWER OF SCATMAN COMPELS YOU!

    by The_Crimson_King

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 3:37 a.m. CST

    The Serpent's Egg

    by Quint

    My day went crazy and I got way too far behind. Will hit up the next AMAD as soon as I wake up. Sorry for the delay, but I'm still making these my priority, promise!

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Dan Curtis=horror legend

    by Carl's hat

    Seriously, those 70's made for tv horror flicks are freakin' fantastic. Curtis and others at the time knew how to make a fright flick. Scream of the Wolf, Curse of the Black Widow, Trilogy of Terror and of course the 2 classic Kolcahk adventures. Understated and awesomely creepy.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Dante TZ seg: my first ever "fanboy rant."

    by MGTHEDJ

    I first saw Dante's segment as an older teen. I grew up watching the original TZ and loved the original story with Bill Mumy. Yes, tvs_frank, this was the remake. I hated Dante's version. After I watched it with a group I went off. Ripping on the comedic tone, Kathleen Q.'s performance. Iw as a total "Talkbacker stereotype." I had people looking at me funny, and lost a few friends over that rant. BTW, Mumy did an "official sequel" a few years ago that was pretty good.<p>Dan Curtis: indeed a "Man-God." "Night Stalker" was the first TV show I was allowed to stay up past 9pm to watch. I too was born in the late 1960's, and kids, Curtis warped a lot of our minds.<p>Thanks for the heads-up Quint on TCM showing of "Dead of Night." Gang, Sunday the 25th, TCM is showing "Nosferatu!!" Be there!!!!------later-----m

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Journey to the Unknown kicks ass

    by Carl's hat

    Picked up the show on dvd recently (bootleg) and it stands up well today. Check out "The Evil Touch" as well from the 70's. Classic tele-fantasy.

  • March 1, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    I know no one will probably read this

    by The_Crimson_King

    but I just want to that the people who are obsessed with the Twilight Zone accident and believe Landis should have gone to jail are creepy, like some fanatical cult, it was a fucking accident, get over it

  • March 1, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    WRONG!

    by orcus

    Orcus will read it

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    good for you Orcus

    by The_Crimson_King

    I also want to say that I finally got around to re-watching the Twilight Zone movie and while I didn't think it was as good as I did when I was a kid, it's still a pretty good movie, the blu ray transfer could be better though