Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors which are their own versions of classic stories from Rod Serling's landmark television series.
Release Year: 1983
Rating: 6.3/10 (14,794 voted)
Critic's Score: 38/100
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow
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.
Writers: Rod Serling, John Landis
Ambulance Driver (Prologue
Car Driver (Prologue)
Bill Connor (Segment #1)
Larry (Segment #1)
Ray (Segment #1)
German Officer (Segment #1)
(as Remus Peets)
German Officer (Segment #1)
Waitress No. 1 (Segment #1)
Waitress No. 2 (Segment #1)
Bar Patron (Segment #1)
French Monther (Segment #1)
Vietnamese (Segment #1)
Vietnamese (Segment #1)
Charming G.I. (Segment #1)
G.I. (Segment #1)
You're travelling through another dimension. A dimension, not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!
Release Date: 24 June 1983
Filming Locations: Canyon Country, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $6,614,000
(26 June 1983)
Did You Know?
as the woman who asks "Is there something wrong" when the flight attendants knock on the airplane restroom door, holding a copy of the Twilight Zone magazine in her arms. She was the wife of
Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling.
In the airplane, the window shade in the seat next to the main character repeatedly opens and closes between shots.
Remember this one, Mrs. Dempsey? Not last night but the night before, 24 robbers came knocking at my door, as I ran out, they ran in and this is what they said to me.
Hit and Miss
As is the case with movie anthologies, "Twilight Zone – The Movie" is
hit and miss. If there was a movie destined to have four short stories
that were all home runs it was this one. But the film falls short
partially due to the expectations of the fans of the TV show and
partially due to the fans expectations of the results of the four
directors. What was most interesting back in 1983 was which ones hit
and which ones missed.
The prologue gets things going in the right direction with Albert
Brooks and Dan Aykroyd as two guys traveling down a dark and seemingly
lonely road. What transpires in pure Twilight Zone. Then we move into
the first story which is directed by (as was the opening prologue) John
Landis. Landis, who got the whole project off the ground, foolishly
decided to go with an original story instead of updating a classic
episode. His story is that of a bigot who constantly and bitterly
complains about the minorities who are getting job promotions and
moving into his neighborhood. Of course the bigot then gets a real
taste of what it feels like to be frowned upon as a minority. Basically
that is the whole story in a nutshell. Landis provides no real twists
to his story to give us that Twilight Zone flavor after the first few
minutes. Once we see where the story is headed it never changes
directions. For film buffs Landis adds a nice touch with a subtle
reference to his classic "Animal House" in the Vietnam section of the
story. Of course it should be noted that this was the story being shot
when Vic Morrow and two children were tragically killed which would
explain its abrupt ending. The two children are never seen which would
suggest perhaps Landis had more to tell but we'll never know. Of the
four this is the weakest story.
Story two is not much better then the first which is particularly
surprising since Steven Spielberg is at the helm for this one. It's a
remake of "Kick the Can" which was not one of my favorite episodes from
the series and Spielberg adds nothing to his version. It's the tale of
residents of an old folks home who encounter a new resident who
promises them something no one of this Earth could possibly give them.
While the story and individual moments are very sweet it goes
absolutely nowhere. Having just come off "E.T." perhaps Spielberg was
in that same gushy mood at that time.
Story three picks things up drastically and heads us in the right
direction. Directed by Joe Dante who, at that time, was best known for
"The Howling" with films such as "Gremlins" still in his future, this
is the story of a little boy who hears people's thoughts and has a way
of "wishing people away" if he gets angry enough at them. Kathleen
Quinlan plays an unsuspecting traveler who goes to the boy's home and
realizes almost immediately things are not normal. The star of this
story is the art direction and sets as we are transformed into almost
cartoon like worlds that are both funny and frightening.
The last and best story is the tale of a frightened airline passenger
(well played by John Lithgow) who threatens the safety of everyone when
he seems to be the only person that sees a creature on the wing of the
airplane. George Miller, best known for the "Mad Max" movies, was smart
enough to pick a popular episode from the series and he delivers with a
bang. When you leave the theater this is the story you remember most.
On the whole the film is worth watching especially after the first 45
minutes. Landis and Spielberg perhaps were a little too high on their
horses and thought whatever they did would work. Apparently they under
estimated the legions of Zone fans. I'd love to see someone try another
Twilight Zone movie someday and try re-working some of the other most
famous episodes. I should also mention the terrific musical score by
Jerry Goldsmith. Its one of his least mentioned but I think it's one of