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Desc:Heavily Lovecraft inspired. Based on a King short story. Still scares the shit out of me.
Category:Classic TV Clips, Horror
Tags:Old People, Stephen King, Twilight Zone, Cthulhu, Lovecraft
Submitted:Jimmy Labatt
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That guy
Not bad. Some of that dialogue/acting is a little much.
Jimmy Labatt
You're absolutely right of course. Still, imagine watching this as a 10-year old kid. I couldn't sleep for a month.

Needs an ACTING! tag.

That guy
the lighting was way better than typical tv lighting of that era

I haven't watched the episode, but I remember the Gramma short story being pretty great.

Not as great as The Jaunt. But great.
Robin Kestrel
Longer than you think, dad.

Binro the Heretic
Ah, yes, the excellent 1980s revival of "The Twilight Zone" with great new stories from the likes of Stephen King, Harlan Ellison and Ray Bradbury.

And then the 2000s gave us the shitty revival with modernized re-writes of the old 1960s scripts. Not even Forest Whitaker doing his best Rod Serling could make it watchable.
infinite zest
I was just about to say something about how another revival is in order before I read your comment. I had no idea about the '00s one. I think it lost me at the Wikipedia: "The opening theme music was provided by Jonathan Davis (of the rock group Korn)." Goddamnit I'm sorry.


That 00's remake was just some really super-bland UPN-type stuff. Bland, odorless, flavorless, colorless.

Rodents of Unusual Size
I hated that version so very much. It was like they didn't try at all. The writing was beyond inept.

I think the worst episode was where some door to door religious people tried to "save" this one guy who didn't want them around and at the end gasp! they turned out to be aliens trying to save him from nuclear apocalypse. The entire thing was so impossible to relate to. Everyone would have done the same thing as the main character and yet he's punished for it by dying in a holocaust. That show was so fucking annoying in that it couldn't possibly grasp the idea of how to make a moral point and be ironic at the same time. It was staggeringly bad.

The 80s version at least got how to be scary. The Forest Whitaker version was like they just found some scripts in a dumpster somewhere. There was literally NO IRONY in any single episode of the new 00 version.

Can I be the asshole and say this was pretty bland?

Now I know Twilight Zone and Outer Limits weren't known for their happy endings, but they usually had a message or an irony to contemplate when the episode's protagonist got fucked at the end. Burgess Meredith finally gets all the books and solitude he could, but his glasses break and he will never be able to enjoy it. A thrill seeking gangster gets his every wish fulfilled and it turns out to be hell.

The one big shift the Twilight Zone and Outer Limit remakes made were shoehorning meaningless diabolas ex machina into every ending. Here a grandmother is obviously possessed by evil and then the kid is possessed by evil. No surprise, no irony, no contemplation. The movie Skeleton Key wasn't that great but it handled this story a lot better.
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