Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Lateness of the Hour” [Season 2, Episode 8]

Twilight Zone: “The Lateness of the Hour” [Season 2, Episode 8]
Original Air Date: December 2, 1960

Director: Jack Smight

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Inger Stevens and John Hoyt.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Jana Loren [Stevens] has grown up surrounded by servants.  Her father is an inventor and the servants are robots designed to meet all of the family’s needs.  Jana desires more freedom and wants her parents to get rid of the robots… which of course is a path she shouldn’t go down since she is in The Twilight Zone.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “Nick of Time” [Season 2, Episode 7]

Twilight Zone: “Nick of Time” [Season 2, Episode 7]
Original Air Date: November 18, 1960

Director: Richard L. Bare

Writer: Richard Matheson

Starring: William Shatner and Patricia Breslin.

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While driving through a small town heading for their honeymoon, Don [Shatner] and Pat [Breslin] Carter’s car breaks down.  The mechanic says it will take a few hours to repair, so the newlyweds head into a small cafe for lunch and to pass the time.

Don is nervous to hear about a possible promotion but is afraid to call his boss.  There’s a little penny fortune-telling machine at their table, so Don jokingly puts in a penny to get the answer.  When it appear that the machine got the answer correctly, Don asks more and more questions and the machine answers with startling accuracy… or does it?

12 Futuristic Facts About “Escape from New York”

Matthew Jackson and Mental_Floss present 12 Futuristic Facts About Escape from New York.  Here are three of my favorites

3. THE NAME “SNAKE PLISSKEN” CAME FROM A REAL PERSON.
When writing the original script for the film, Carpenter was in search of a name for his main character, and it just so happened that a friend of a friend actually knew a person named “Snake Plissken,” who Carpenter described as “a kinda high school tough guy,” complete with a snake tattoo. It was too perfect to pass up.

“Anybody with a snake tattooed on them some place … that’s my kinda hero,” Carpenter said.

 

4. CARPENTER HAD TO FIGHT FOR KURT RUSSELL AS SNAKE.
At the time of the film’s production, Kurt Russell was an actor best known for his work in Disney projects like The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. He wasn’t an action star, but Carpenter thought he was the right choice to play Snake. The studio, on the other hand,wanted a star like Tommy Lee Jones or Chuck Norris for the part. Carpenter dismissed Norris as too old, and preferred Russell over Jones, so he fought for his young star, and eventually won.

9. JAMIE LEE CURTIS HAS A CAMEO.
Three years prior to Escape From New York, Carpenter directed his breakout hit: the slasher film Halloween, which also proved to be the breakout film for star Jamie Lee Curtis. If Halloween hadn’t worked out, it’s doubtful Carpenter ever would have made Escape From New York, so he called upon his Halloween star to participate when it finally happened. You won’t see Curtis in the film, but you will hear her: She voices both the narrator and the computer.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “Eye of the Beholder” [Season 2, Episode 6]

Twilight Zone: “Eye of the Beholder” [Season 2, Episode 6]
Original Air Date: November 11, 1960

Director: Douglas Hayes

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Maxine Stuart, William D. Gordon, George Keymas, Edson Stroll and Donna Douglas.

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Janet Tyler [Stuart] is lying in her hospital bed, her head and face totally covered by bandages.  Tyler nervously waits for her doctor to remove the bandages hoping that her latest (and last) surgery will make her look normal.

Sadly Tyler is hideously ugly and lives in a society where the less desirables are sent away.  As the bandages are removed her worst fears are revealed.

18 Fascinating Facts About “The Crow”

Erin McCarthy and Mental_Floss present 18 Fascinating Facts About The Crow.  Here are three of my favorites

1. IT’S BASED ON A COMIC BOOK, WHICH WAS INSPIRED BY TWO TRAGEDIES.
In 1981, 21-year-old James O’Barr was drawing combat manuals in the Marines when he decided to start The Crow. He hoped it would be a healthy way of dealing with the death of his fiancée, who had been killed by a drunk driver. “I tried all the typical angst-ridden outlets, like substance abuse and going to clubs or parties every night and just basically trying to keep yourself numb for as long a period of time as possible,” O’Barr told The Baltimore Sun in 1994. “Eventually I was smart enough to realize that that was a dead end, and so I thought perhaps putting something down on paper I could exorcise some of that anger.”

Pivotal to his comic book’s plotline was another tragedy O’Barr heard about: A couple killed over an engagement ring. “I thought it was outlandish, a $30 ring, two lives wasted,” he said in a book about the production called The Crow: The Movie. “That became the beginning of the focal point, and the idea that there could be a love so strong that it could transcend death, that it could refuse death, and this soul would not rest until it could set things right.”

 

4. THE PRODUCERS KNEW WHO THEY WANTED TO DIRECT AND STAR.
Pressman had Alex Proyas, an Australian director who at that point had helmed music videos and commercials, but no features, in mind to direct The Crow. Though Proyas was very much in demand in Hollywood, he was waiting for the right project—and The Crow was it. He signed on in 1991.

The producers first looked at musicians to fill the role of Eric Draven, among them Charlie Sexton, a rocker from Texas. But ultimately, their first choice was Brandon Lee. At that point, Lee—son of famed actor/martial artist Bruce Lee—had appeared in a few films, but hadn’t had a breakout role yet. “We had considered some more established actors and we were concerned that certain of these actors did not have the athletic ability,” Pressman said in The Crow: The Movie. “Other people had the athletic ability but not the acting talents. Brandon combined it all. When Brandon walked into this office, it was an immediate flash. We knew we had our Eric Draven that instant.”

17. O’BARR DONATED MOST OF HIS PROFITS FROM THE FILM TO CHARITY.
O’Barr bought his mom a car, and a surround system for himself, then donated the rest. “I was really good friends with Brandon, so it just felt like blood money to me,” he said at a comics convention in 2009. “I didn’t want to profit at his expense. And I kept that secret for as long as I could. It’s not charity if you get credit for it.”

Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Howling Man” [Season 2, Episode 5]

Twilight Zone: “The Howling Man” [Season 2, Episode 5]
Original Air Date: November 4, 1960

Director: Douglas Hayes

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring: John Carradine, H.M. Wynant and Robin Hughes.

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David Ellington [Wynant] while on a long hike alone in the woods in Europe becomes ill.  Ellington stumbles across a monastery.  Initially told he cannot stay, Brother Jerome [Carradine] allows him to stay until he is well enough to travel.

While recuperating, Ellington hears a man howling in pain.  The screams lead to a cell where a man is being held prisoner.  Before Ellington can release him, Brother Jerome arrives and explains that the thing in the cell is not a man, but the devil!

How could the devil be held in a cell?  Are the monks insane?  If so, Ellington is in danger as well.  Isn’t his duty to help the man escape?  These are the thoughts that race through Ellington’s mind before he makes a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “A Thing About Machines” [Season 2, Episode 4]

Twilight Zone: “A Thing About Machines” [Season 2, Episode 4]
Original Air Date: October 28, 1960

Director: David Orrick McDearmon

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Richard Hayden and Barney Phillips.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Bartlett Finchley is a bit of an eccentric.  He’s a writer who lives alone in a large house and always seems in a battle of will with all of the machines in his house… the tv, his electric razor, his typwriter, well, you get the idea.  Finally things reach the point of no return and the war is on.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room” [Season 2, Episode 3]

Twilight Zone: “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room” [Season 2, Episode 3]
Original Air Date: October 14, 1960

Director: Douglas Hayes

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Joe Mantell and William D. Gordon.

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Jackie Rhoades [Mantell] is a cheap hood nervously waiting in a flop house hotel room for his next job. His boss [Gordon] shows up with the job — to murder a bar owner refusing to pay his debts.

Rhoades argues that he’s not a killer, but the boss gives him no choice and leaves.  Rhoades begins to talk to himself in the mirror looking for a way out… suddenly his reflection begins to talk back to him and may have an idea!

Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Man in the Bottle” [Season 2, Episode 2]

Twilight Zone: “The Man in the Bottle” [Season 2, Episode 2]
Original Air Date: October 7, 1960

Director: Don Medford

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Luther Adler, Vivi Janiss and Joseph Ruskin.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Arthur [Medford] and Edna [Janiss] run a small secondhand store that is barely making it.  Despite their money troubles, Arthur’s kind heart causes him to buy an empty wine bottle from an old lady in need of a few dollars.

The bottle turns out to contain a genie that when released offers Arthur and Edna four wishes.  When in the Twilight Zone always remember to be careful what you wish for.

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