The shadows gather around us once again. Take our hands and wander with us into the darkness where the monsters gather. We’re bringing you 31 horror reviews in October. Whatever you do, don’t let go of our hands lest you find out what truly goes bump in the night.
Let’s be honest – there is very little one can write about the classic Twilight Zone series that has not already been said. The original series is nearly 60 years old and the show has become so ingrained into popular culture that the music heard doing the introduction became a pre-internet meme when something weird happens.
The original >Twilight Zone series remains popular with fans of horror and suspense partly because the show had to rely on strong writing and performances – most of the time. They simply didn’t have the resources or the technical ability to produce elaborate special effects.
It’s an anthology show. The typical episode is a stand alone story with a new cast of actors, setting and story every week. Not all of the episodes are scary, mind you. One of my favorite episodes is The Night of the Meek, a Christmas episode featuring an alcoholic whose faith in the Christmas holiday causes something wonderful to happen. Walking Distance is about a salesman who takes a walk while his car is being serviced and finds himself he has traveled to his hometown and sees his younger self. Finally, A Game of Pool is the story of a man who devoted his life to mastering the game of pool and challenges a long dead champion to match.
We are here to talk about spooky things though. For that I would suggest:
Living Doll – An abusive man forms an intense dislike of his stepdaughter’s new doll. He is convinced the doll is speaking to him.
The Hitch-Hiker – It seems that every generation retells the story of a mysterious hitch-hiker who keeps appearing during a person’s long drive. This particular episode is very creepy nonetheless.
The Masks – While the city celebrates Mardi Gras, a dying man spends his last few hours of life with his family. The catch is they must all wear masks reflecting their true personalities for the evening.
An episode or two of the Twilight Zone is a great addition to your horror marathon.
Where to watch: The show is widely available on DVD, Blu-ray and Amazon Prime.