Twilight Zone: The Movie

1983

Twilight Zone: The Movie

Critics Consensus

The Twilight Zone: The Movie suffers from the typical anthology-film highs and lows; thankfully, the former outnumber the latter.

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Audience Score

User Ratings: 32,531
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Movie Info

Based on the popular television series created by Rod Serling, this film of horror and the supernatural tells four separate stories--each by a different director: John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller. In one, a bigot is taught a lesson when he is transported to experience the lives of three different victims of prejudice and intolerance. Another takes a trip to an old-age home where the arrival of a special man turns some of the residents into youthful people once again. In the third, a woman befriends a timid young child who turns out to be a maniacal brat with bizarre powers. The final segment shows how a man with an aversion to flying has a rough time when he panics and then sees a strange creature on the wing outside his window seat.

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Cast

Dan Aykroyd
as Passenger
John Lithgow
as Valentine
Kathleen Quinlan
as Helen Foley
Kevin McCarthy
as Uncle Walt
Christopher Eisenmann
as Young Mr. Mute
Tanya Fenmore
as Young Mrs. Weinstein
Eduard Franz
as Old Man
Martin Garner
as Mr. Weinstein
Dick Miller
as Walter Paisley
Alan Haufrect
as Mr. Conroy's Son
Laura Mooney
as Young Mrs. Dempsey
Jeremy Licht
as Anthony
Larry Cedar
as Creature
Peter Brocco
as Mr. Mute
Jeffrey Lambert
as Mechanic No. 1
Christina Nigra
as Little Girl
Remus Peets
as German officers
Bill Quinn
as Mr. Conroy
Elsa Raven
as Nurse No 2
Evan Richards
as Young Mr. Agee
Helen Shaw
as Mrs. Dempsey
Frank Toth
as Mechanic No. 2
Al Leong
as Vietnamese
Rod Serling
as Narrator (End of 4th Segment)
Kai Wulff
as German Officer
Sue Dugan
as Waitress No. 1
Steven Williams
as Bar Patron
Annette Claudier
as French Mother
Joseph Hieu
as Vietnamese
Stephen Bishop
as Charming G.I.
Selma Diamond
as Mrs. Weinstein
Scott Nemes
as Young Mr. Weinstein
Richard Swingler
as Mr. Gray Panther
Abbe Lane
as Senior Stewardess
Donna Dixon
as Junior Stewardess
Charles Knapp
as Sky Marshall
Eddy Donno
as K.K.K.
Debby Porter
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Twilight Zone: The Movie

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (7)

  • Twilight Zone: The Movie fails because it tries to blend the spirit of the TV show into a medium whose spirit has evolved away from subtle storytelling. The result is like trying to merge a Wagner opera with a Debussy sonata.

    May 2, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Siegel

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • The problem is not only that the film is divided into four short stories but that each director only gives us a 25% effort.

    May 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Plays much like a traditional vaudeville card, what with its tantalizing teaser opening followed by three sketches of increasing quality, all building up to a socko headline act.

    May 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The others have a comic strip zeal which makes them intensely watchable, but ultimately it's left to Mad Max wizard Miller to steal the show.

    Aug 16, 2007 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The surprising thing is, the two superstar directors are thoroughly routed by two less-known directors whose previous credits have been horror and action pictures.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • ...a flabby, mini-minded behemoth...

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Twilight Zone: The Movie

  • Sep 28, 2015
    Let's be honest, has there ever been a "great" film featuring a series of vignettes? How about one where each short is directed by a different person? Creepshow and Twilight Zone were released only about 7 months apart, and they may represent the two best short story compilation movies ever made. Years later, Tales From the Darkside was released, is worth seeing and a decent film in it's own right. Creepshow is the better film between it and Zone, but they are both very well made overall. We know about the tragedy, Vic Morrow and two children lost their lives in a horrific helicopter accident during the filming of what would be the first segment. Twilight Zone features four short stories, each from the legendary 1950's TV series of the same name. Mostly, the four directors capture the feel of that show, a very difficult task in and of itself. They also succeed at creating very widely diverse stories and moods. The first, a dark, somewhat mean tale about racism and hatred is even darker because of the real life fate of Vic Morrow. Still, this is a decent first story, and felt, to me at least, the most like an original Zone. Humorless, this first tale is wisely shown first so that by the end we sort of forget about it. The second story may have been viewed by the group (and, ironically I suppose, by director/producer, Steven Spielberg) as the weakest of the group. I don't agree. I felt this was the second best of the bunch, and I liked that it isn't out to scare us or creep us out in any way. It's a story about the value of life, making the most of the time we have, and that once around, for most, is enough (or it should be). I love Scatman Crothers, so I'm partial to this story, but I was moved by it, and I always am when I watch it. Without this story, this movie would have lacked alot of depth and weight I think. Spielberg is not afraid to step outside the box and do his own thing here. Even by 1983, he had juice. Joe Dante directs the weirdest of the bunch, the third entry which is about a cute, harmless-looking boy, about 11 years old, who has powers to make anything happen merely by making a wish. Creepy and uncomfortable, this is typical Dante being funny, creepy and scary in equal measure. The special effects are pretty good, and they save this entry from being a lot worse. The set is creepy and, while the story doesn't stand up to even the slightest scrutiny, is fun if you just accept it for what it is. The fourth segment is the best, most feel by a large margin. I agree that it is tightly directly, well acted, and quite scary. The monster is well done, and the final showdown between John Jithgow and the air-gremlin is really scary. I think this movie was so-so until the final act, when it all gets salvaged by a fine finale. It's not that the rest of the movie isn't good, it's just that it was really on the fence teetering precariously until the "terror at 20,000 feet" remake pushed it decidedly onto the right side of the fence solidifying it's place in movie history as a modest success scarred by tragedy. Ironically, the monster in the original "terror at 20,000 feet" is a laughably bad costume which looks like a furry monkey with a puffy, swollen face the result of a seafood allergy.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2014
    Effective horror anthology, Twilight Zone-The Movie is a memorable horror film that ranks among the finest of anthologies. This type of horror film is hard to pull off due to the fact that it's multiple stories that are designed to scare the audience. This ranks among the finest anthology films in the genre and overall it's a highly entertaining film, one that every horror fan should watch. The film boasts an impressive cast, who each bring a terrific quality that makes the film that much better. There is not one weak story presented in the film, however there are at least one truly stronger than the last one, but that's a matter of opinion. I've never seen the show, but to those like me, who's never experienced the show, this film is sure to satisfy. In terms of sheer terror, Twilight Zone: The Movie is a very atmospheric, well executed genre film that is highly entertaining and thrilling. This is an essential anthology in the genre, and like I stated, is one of the best that I have seen. Well crafted, and executed, this anthology is a classic, and boasts impressive stories that are sure to delight any fan of whatever horror genre. This is a stunning piece of cinema, one that is sure to thrill any viewer of film, and it boasts some truly terrifying and memorable stories. I highly recommend this film, and it's a fine anthology, that set the standards of all films of this genre to follow. With effective stories, and a good cast, Twilight Zone: The movie is a great horror film that you shouldn't pass up.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2014
    Four legendary directors come together to pay tribute to the vision of Rod Serling with the anthology film Twilight Zone: The Movie. John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, and George Miller each direct a segment that's based on an original Twilight Zone episode. However, these adaptations don't really live up to the original episodes, and they don"t flow together very well. Still, there are some interesting performances by Burgess Meredith, Dan Aykroyd, Scatman Crothers, and John Lithgow. Twilight Zone: The Movie is an interesting homage to the series, but it fails to capture the same tone of wonder and imagination.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2011
    I can't say this is a directing achievement for John Landis, Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg or George Miller, but its watchable. "Kick the Can" was my focus, its interesting as a segment, but the whole film acts more like a tele movie for the TV show.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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