7/21/09

You've Just Entered...The Twilight Zone

Childhood Trauma:
Personified.
According to Variety, there's a decent chance we'll get to see not only one more Twilight Zone movie, but possibly two. Read the original story HERE.

The 1983 film was a regular at our house. We had it on an old beat up VHS tape that we watched over and over again. It was recorded over, "Singin' In The Rain", which is precisely why I didn't see that musical until I was a teenager. Too many mixed emotions.

You see, the "gremlin on the wing" scene scared the bejeebus out of me. Terrifying. Quite frankly, it still creeps me out today, though the Simpsons take on that particular TZ episode did a lot to neutralize the fear. "Aw, he's trying to claw my eyes out." God bless Ned Flanders.

I will say that on my 18 hour flights to Europe...I was less than pleased to get a window seat...

As for the rest of the film, I think it stands today. I mean, come on...Steven Spielberg even directed a segment back when he was kind of in his horror phase, don't forget, he co-wrote and produced, "Poltergeist". The man likes to creep you out.

Mega-Sidebar: On some of the Indiana Jones bonus materials, he mentions that Lucas wanted to do a Haunted Castle story. Can you even imagine how amazing that would've been? A Haunted Mansion/Indiana Jones movie....drool. What's left of that idea is the Nazi-occupied castle-scene. Still a classic. "Son, the floor's on fire."

ANYWAY, the segment of the 1983 movie set at the nursing home still gets me crying a river. But then, I have a soft spot for old people movies.

Then there's the Disney World thrill ride, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which still raises goosebumps all over my body whenever I get to ride it. All that combined with my husband's treasure trove of Twilight Zone stuff, and I'm well versed enough to get really and truly excited about this idea. (He's a big fan of Rod Serling and has several TZ scripts and books about Serling. He used to have several episodes on DVD, but we lost them in one of our cajillion moves.)

This is also prime material for new movies, because The Twilight Zone was a serial episodic show which lends itself to new iterations quite well when you think about it.

SO, what say you geeks? A new Twilight Zone movie, yay or nay?

Futurama always spoofed what it loved, hence all the Trek jokes. Here's a fabulous take of theirs on, "The Twilight Zone" opening. Over the course of the show, they did several "Scary Door" mini episodes, none of which are available on YouTube. Of course. Hulu doesn't have them either, so you'll just have to take my word for it that they're funny.



And then, of course, there's the oh-so-famous quote which still gets constantly tossed around in my family. This STILL makes me jump, even though I know what's coming.

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