“Twilight Zone: The Movie” (1983) – Rod Serling’s sci-fi television show “The Twilight Zone” burst with waves of ironic and sometimes sinister pomp and circumstance as well as ingenious writing for five magical seasons on CBS, so directors Joe Dante, John Landis, Steven Spielberg, and George Miller had enormous shoes to fill by taking this legendary program to the big screen. Even though Warner Bros. made a healthy profit with 29 million dollars of box office receipts, critically, the film suffered with mixed reactions.
The movie contained four episodes, and arguably the best of the bunch is “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, when John Lithgow plays a stressed out passenger who sees a demon of some sort causing havoc on the plane’s wing! George Miller directed this installment, but it was a remake of the original episode in 1963 starring none other than William Shatner. Well, in 1983, is John Valentine (Lithgow) – who is an hysterical, sweaty mess – hallucinating, or is he a truth-teller?? This classic ’80s moment will give the answer!
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