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Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983

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...

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this is definatly one of the most uneven film i have seen, not supprising considering it was directed by four people. as a original Twilight Zone fan, i was dissapointed this "Homage" didn't take most of it's stories seriously, instead coming across as spoof in many scenes, not supprising since it followed the supernatural comedy hit Ghostbusters. in that way this film was a complete train wreck for hardcore TZ fans like myself, only being able to redeem itself by John Lithgow's fantastic turn in quite thrilling remake of "Nightmare at 20,000 feet". the starting sequence of the film was ok and quite funny, but once the stories began it went downhill and dug it's own grave, that is until the final lithgow starring remake episode.

i give it 2/5 overall, but i give the "Nightmare at 20,000 feet" remake 4/5.
I caught this again the other day on cable. I have fond memories of my mom taking me to see it in the theater. The best segment is the nursing home its magical in the same way Speilberg's E.T. is. The beginning by John Landis still packs a punch as does the finale.
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983): 7/10

well, 4 for 5 at least
Wednesday, October 18th
71. Motel Hell. (1980) This is going to sound weird but I find this film almost totally relaxing. It's almost like watching The Sound of Music or something. Sounds like I'm joking but I'm dead serious! It's NOT because I like to see cruelty or suffering; for a flick like this it just goes with the territory. It's because this was the very first flick like it I saw as a kid. Quite a jolt in the early 80s! I'd never seen a horror movie where you're supposed to laugh at the cruelty and suffering of the victims and cheer for what are clearly the bad guys. To be honest, my jaw was hitting the floor while my cousins (who administered this initiation) were whooping it up. I'd been raised up on Universal classics, Hammer, Amicus and American International. But this was just crazy! Now, all that nostalgia makes this a special experience each year since the DVD was released. As a horror/comedy it really isn't half bad on either of those levels. No where near as scary as I'd bragged to my friends (yep, extreme bragging rights came with this one :) ). 7/10
They got sent "to the cornfield"! (who gets that one? :p )
Here's another film rating.
Twilight Zone: The Movie
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow, Kathleen Quinlan, Kevin McCarthy, and a very frightened John Lithgow.
Directed by Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, and Steven Spielberg.
Written by John Landis, George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson, and Josh Rogan.
Rated PG (for violence and terror, disturbing images and language).
Running time approximately 1 hour 41 minutes.

Meh...yeah, kinda.

The only really good thing about the little-known and little-seen British shocker Dead of Night (a.k.a. Lighthouse) is that it's very bloody and the photography is lovely. There's not much else to say. It's worth a peek if you can find it. **1/2 (out of ****) C+
This was a big disappointment to me. I absolutely love the television show. I own the complete series and have seen every single episode, most of them more than once. This was a competently made movie, but it was just strange. It begins with a prologue, featuring Dan Ackroyd and Albert Brooks. What follows is somewhat disturbing and an okay little piece, but what immediately follows is awesome. The famous theme song is played, slightly redone by John Williams, and the famous opening is shown, this time in color and with narration from none other than former TZ star Burgess Meredith, because of Rod Serling's unfortunate death. Being a fan of the show, this is actually the highlight of the movie to me. The first of four segments is called Time Out and is directed by John Landis, fresh off of American Werewolf in London. It's the story of a racist who is transported back in time to be the subject of numerous acts of racism. It's okay in its own right, but as far as the irony goes, it's certainly sub-par for The Twilight Zone. It comes off a little rushed, I think. The second segment is a remake of the episode Kick the Can, this time directed by Steven Spielberg. This is far different from the original and I like the original far more. They both recount the story of old men and women desperately yearning for their youth, but the movie version doesn't end when it should, and instead drags on into sheer awkwardness. The third segment is another remake, this one of It's a Good Life, directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling). And this is just weird. The original is about a boy who rules a town because he has mind powers. It's a simple story but it's done so effectively and with some Serling satire on how no one wants to stand up for themselves and everyone lives in a status quo. This one takes another angle and has the boy dominate people with a television. It's just a display of cheesy 80s special effects, which I usually find charming, but they're just weird here. And what's this one trying to say? That television dominates our lives?! It really is unfortunate Rod Serling died so young. The final segment is another remake, this one of the classic Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, but this time it's 15,000 feet higher for whatever reason. John Lithgow is fantastic in the William Shatner role, a man recovering from a nervous breakdown who sees a creature on the wing of a plane. It's a simple "Boy Who Cried Wolf" story, but you're not sure if he sees the creature or if he's having another breakdown. The only thing that plagues the original episode is poor special effects (seriously, the creature looks ridiculous). And being 20 years later, that is greatly improved. I don't think this is quite as good as the original episode, but it compares. Overall, a below average movie, but that may be my disappointed bias speaking. Perhaps I'll see it again some time.

I thought The Twilight Zone was pretty cool when I was a kid. However, I rented it recently and found it to be an uneven flick. My favorite story is still the remake of Nightmare at 20,000ft. with John Lithgow. The episode with the creepy bunny deserves a thumbs up for originality. The remaining episodes, however, are too mundane to be memorable. I recommend it for a lazy Sunday afternoon, if you're feeling nostalgic.
This movie was much better when I was 7. Segment 1 = Not very good (and even sadder when you think about what happened during filming). Segment 2 = Harmless but not that great (althought Scatman Crothers is fantastic like always). Segment 3 = Pretty cool. Segment 4 = A lot of fun. Exactly what the whole movie should have been.

TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE from Executive Producer Frank Marshall and the acquired rights of Rod Sterling's hit 1950's bizarre and entrancing TV story show THE TWILIGHT ZONE. This film is an exercise in fantasy and suspense filmmaking, and a modern tribute from four of the 1980's most established directors to the series' mind-bending and bizarre stories that were all filled with otherwordly magic: John Landis (GHOSTBUSTERS) Steven Spielberg (in the '80s, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, ET, TEMPLE OF DOOM, THE COLOR PURPLE, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, and THE LAST CRUSADE), Joe Dante (GREMLINS and INNERSPACE, both produced by Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall) and George Miller (MAD MAX, THE ROAD WARRIOR). Each of these directors in this order directed one of the total four segments that comprised the whole film. Each was graced with a talented actor here and there, and each have plenty of spooky or "whoa", or majestic suprises waiting to be seen. I'd thought I'd look at some of Spilelberg's lesser known movies, since he's making himself known more as a producer and not as a director since his hey-day in the 1980's and 1990's. His most recent producing credits are TRANSFORMERS, BEE MOVIE, and EAGLE EYE. This and ET (1982) will be reviewed by the weekend's end.

The first segment from John Landis, "Back There- Prologue" is a brief but nonetheless terrific opening segment. It has two friends riding down a deserted highway in the cloak of night, and their music tape (a cassett tape, that really takes you back!, even though I wasn't alive at that time). To pass the time, the passenger and driver dish out tv show themes to see who is the better guesser. They also do some random acts to scare the other. One random one does the trick, and then some.

The second segment from Steven Spielberg "Kick the Can" is a whimsical tale that tells the story of a Sunnyvale retirement home that populated by old folks who talk of the olden days, when they were young and youthful. A old and Louis Armstrong-esque man invites them to play the game "kick the can", a game of hide-and-seek and a game of someone kicking the can stealthily. The man promises them that "you'll feel like a kid again." They all readily agree albeit one grouch. Once they play, his can has some magic that can do wonders.

The third segment from Joe Dante, "It's a Good Life" is a creepy and wonderous tale of a teacher on the road who stops by a road-side restuarant to get her sense of direction straight. There is a little boy who is very enthusiastic with the store's video game, and the tv fuzzes when he hits it. After a little incident, the boy leaves and the girl is right behind him. She accidentally backs into his bike, and she offers and he accepts a ride home. When she's invited and comes inside, the family she meets all have frozen smiles and a sense of underlying malice covered over by sugary cheerfulness. Having been promised dinner and tv, the teacher goes with the boy upstairs for awhile, where there's another tv. After the greasy and fast food-ish dinner, things start to literally spiral out of control and then settle in demented and ultimately satisfying ways.

The fourth segment from George Miller, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is based on the Richard Matheson short story (I AM LEGEND) of a claustrophobic science writer who is on a plane that is undergoing turbulence in a lightning storm. There is an assortment of colorful characters, from a picture-taking girl to a caring flight attendant. Things take a turn for the worse when the writer sees something that might be a mind trick or could be real. In either case, his pysche detiorates as the plane's slow descent begins as well.

All in all, TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE is an exercise in fantasy and suspense filmmaking, and a modern tribute from four of the 1980's most established directors to the series' mind-bending and bizarre stories that were all filled with otherwordly magic of Rod Sterling's hit 1950's TV series, THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Be ready for more Critiques and Opinions on Every Game and Movie I Can Get My Hands On!
This movie is so odd. It's not even the good odd that the series (which I gave 10/10 on IMDB) was. I prefer William Shatner to John Lithgow as the airplane guy.
Not bad for a movie of the great sci/fi series. Could have been a lot worse of an adaptation.
When I was a kid I loved Twilight Zone. Who cares if its the original, the 80's, or the newer series they were all good to me. I mean till this day Ill watch some episodes and still enjoy it. The funny thing is I didn't know there was a movie until last year when I was flipping through channels. I watched and I hated it I told myself Twilight Zone is meant for TV not the big screen. Just a couple days ago I saw it was instant streaming off of netflix. This time I actually enjoyed it, but it did come with a set of bad moments. First off I like how they took the shows and remade them instead of just making up new ones it really brought back nostalgia. It also had some real good acting and they did well being like the original cast of the original episode. Though they remade episodes they also brought a new style to it. It really did seem to get a lot crazier in each episode especially the one with Andy. The problems are that even though some of the main cast are good at there roles a lot of the supporting cast fail to do a good job, and as they say life is about the people around you. So I believe the supporting is as important as the main character. One more bad thing is that its very sloppily put together. It doesn't seem to transition well. For example in the first scene with Dan Aykroyd where he scares some one in a car ?is not supposed to go behind a segment about being racist. Funny thing is these are actually two originally made ones not from the show, and I really didn't like them. So in the end it has some good main actors and is great homage to the original show, but has parts that lack and a supporting cast that doesn't do very well.
Strange, but fascinating. You'll know how weird it is, even if you just see the beginning of the film. I was once a fan of the series. I thought this was a good tribute, but it didn't live up to the amazing TV series. Still, it comes recommended.
I liked this film, its not bad, The problem is that it dosent have the same suspense parts from the hit television series, but some of the suspense was actually pretty good at times just like when we got to the third segment, so overall, This is a great sci-fi movie that reminds us the classic television series.
MULTIPLE EYE-WITNESSES and MULTIPLE LEGAL DOCUMENTS report that John Landis rigged the explosives causing the helicopter crash--resulting in the decapitations of a child actor and a well-known adult actor and crushing/drowning of another child-actor--to detonate at 30 feet in the air and that John Landis ordered the helicopter pilot to fly the helicopter at 25 ft. . . well within blast range.

IF a gust of wind (or down-draft) had blown the helicopter down upon the actors or a tree had fallen-over "downing" the helicopter, the deaths of the three actors can be considered an accident.

BUT detonating very intense, high explosives so very close to a helicopter will inevitably cause a "wake" in air pressure that will actually push the helicopter down upon the actors as opposed to having a clearly unforeseeable occurrence occurring to cause the crash (such as a tree falling or a down-draft).

Multiple eye-witnesses and multiple court documents also substantiate John Landis as having paid cash to the child-actors' parents in order to "illegally" hire the children to film the fatal crash that occurred at 2:30 AM on JULY 23, 1983.

Despite the OVERWHELMING evidence of John Landis' direct involvement in the probable "non-accidental" death of two children and Vic Morrow, John Landis was not found guilty for his provable responsibility in causing the deaths of the actors; even though Landis is reported to have rigged the explosive devices cause 30 foot explosions and directed the helicopter to fly at 25 feet (five feet below the range of the explosions).

TWILIGHT ZONE--THE MOVIE serves as a monument to an UNRESOLVED HURT (to me); three actors died horrible deaths and the director who arranged the movie-set and gave the orders to trigger the events leading to the actors' deaths "escaped" unpunished.

(OJ Simpson was found "not guilty;" yet was found "guilty" later at a civil trial--John Landis has never been found guilty for directly or indirectly causing the deaths of Renee, Myca, and Vic Morrow).

Can John Landis be charged with a different set of violations and tried on different charges related to the helicopter crash? (clearly, guilt in the helicopter crash remains unresolved)

Because of the emotional "hurt" and injury caused by the helicopter crash in which John Landis was involved, Steven Spielberg's entry "Kick the Can" is lack-luster as Spielberg was emotionally "hurt" by news of the incident.

NIGHTMARE AT 30,000 FEET and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (segments 4 and 3 directed by George Miller and Joe Dante respectively) are GENUINE FILM CLASSICS.

TWILIGHT ZONE-THE MOVIE, with all the painful memories it holds, is still very much a worthwhile film classic; it can't earn a 100% because of the bungled-stories and direction of both segments one and two.
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