Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

James / October 7th, 2012

Description: Monster Madness 80’s-A-Thon! James reviews Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). You’re travelling through another dimension. A dimension, not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!

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  • AFX

    October 7, 2012 at 2:06 am


  • October 7, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Ah yes, the 3rd story has always been my favorite, the beginning and ending scenes are fantastic too.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 7, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Nice one. The Vic Morrow stuff STILL gives me the heebiejeebies to think about..

  • gutterboy

    October 7, 2012 at 2:25 am

    One of the first movies to ever really scare me.
    Rob Botins makeup efx were awesome in the third segment.
    But when I was a kid it was that “something on the wing” that scared the hell out of me.

  • DrZaius

    October 7, 2012 at 2:26 am

    When someone asks you if you want to see something really scary, you say NO!

  • psyonikx

    October 7, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Here’s a little tidbit that some may or may not know. Vic Morrow played the lead character ‘Sarge’ in the television drama Combat!, from 1962-1967. The show was about a World War 2 American Infantry, as they made their way through the battlefields of Europe. Kind of makes you wonder if Vic was selected for the role in The Twilight Zone, based on this background. He had his fair share of fighting Nazi’s on screen well before The Twilight Zone. Great, great show, if anyone happens to get a chance to catch it. Here’s the IMDB link:

  • psyonikx

    October 7, 2012 at 2:59 am

    …also, loved The Twilight Zone, especially the intro with Dan Aykroyd while Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Midnight Special’ is playing.

  • JohnnyV234

    October 7, 2012 at 2:59 am

    You wanna see something really scary??

  • Griff

    October 7, 2012 at 3:26 am

    in my opinion I think this is a very underrated movie, I even love the first two segments although I admit they’re nowhere near as good as the other two

    I was lucky enough to see this movie as a kid (they used to play it on TNT all the time) before I was aware of the tragedy and while it is an awful, awful tragedy, I think the movie should be viewed apart from it

    anyway this is pretty much the perfect scary movie for kids because it’s pretty damn scary without any gore

  • Griff

    October 7, 2012 at 3:30 am

    oh and I forgot to mention, the score freakin’ rocks as well, this is one of the few movies I always sit through the credits for, I love the starry backdrop to the music

  • ObSoLeTe

    October 7, 2012 at 4:07 am

    another great review james, but sigh for some reason the player has been acting dodgy of late, the old player thats currently being used for the 80’s reruns are fine but for some reason this player takes for ever to buffer

  • TheBMovieMaster

    October 7, 2012 at 4:40 am

    I remember being terrified of the Gremlin from Terror at 20,000 feet as a kid. Not from this movie but from the original tv episode. (Man I was lame as a kid) anywho great review James as always. Keep up the great work

  • vcfghgfhfgg

    October 7, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I don’t know what has happened. I don’t like your new style, James. You bash one of the best episodes (Kick the can) of the original series and don’t mention any of the obvious changes they made in the movie, and you call the original monster in the airplane episode “goofy”… I found him scary as fuck, just like in the remake. Perhaps even more.

  • Gorey O' Rotten

    October 7, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Yes! A great movie I didn’t expect you to review! 😀 Your cooler than Wally Bear for sure…

  • October 7, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I’m loving the star trek references.

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    October 7, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Great movie. I’ve been watching the originals on Netflix, too, and it’s an amazing classic TV series.

  • October 7, 2012 at 7:21 am

    The blonde girl in the “It’s a Good Life” remake segment is none other than Nancy Cartwright – the voice of Bart Simpson.

  • Ralf Castleknifer

    October 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

    @ vcfghgfhfgg those are the exact two disagreements I have with this review. How can some one not love “Kick the Can”? I always thought it was a beautiful story even at 8 years old. I’m 29 now. Still,Monster Madness is good fun.

  • Connor

    October 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Awesome. What more is there to say?

  • vcfghgfhfgg

    October 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Ralf Castleknifer: I’m very glad to hear that I’m not the only one. I was also annoyed by the Super Mario Kart video. I’m really getting the feeling of James trying to change his personality. Either that or I’m just a moron who has misunderstood everything.

  • Kenshiroh

    October 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

    George Takei was also in a TZ episode.

  • Madmikep22

    October 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

    LOL at 2:25!! She fuckin’ nailed him!

  • urrutiap

    October 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I really can’t stand it when people have to praise the Vic Morrow skit. Sure it was tragic or whatever but get over it.

  • urrutiap

    October 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Steven Spielberg had the audacity to go and put the blame on one of the directors that were helping out with the Twilight Zone movie.

    SO basically Spielberg put the blame on someone else to be the patsy and ruin their directing career

  • October 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

    i am kinda surprised, that you didn’t mention the 3rd rock from the sun episode, where shatner arrives at the airport:

    check 1:30

  • bertmcmillan

    October 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

    After watching this review, I went and bought the movie. Thank you WalMart for selling this for $4.00.

  • mikeblitz89

    October 7, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Keep rolling them out! A+

  • maaaahkl

    October 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I personally always loved this movie, and it helps that I am a huge fan of the original series. I think it’s worth noting that in the remake of “Kick the Can” the actor who played the bitter old man was in the original episode as well, as a different senior citizen. I guess he was just always old 🙂 Also worth mentioning for no other reason than the cool factor is that the girl who is eaten by the cartoon monster in “It’s A Good Life” is non other than Nancy Cartright, the voice of Bart Simpson. All in all this movie always reminds me of the flavor of the first season of Amazing Stories, and I’m sure this was Speilberg’s inspiration for the series. Thank you James for all the endless entertainment I find on this site!

  • ZomboCombo

    October 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I loved the kick the can segment as a kid.

    Would you rather see Halley’s Comet at 8… or 80?

  • TehJedicake

    October 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Yeah, I couldn’t really fully get behind the movie, I think it’s sub par compared to the original series.

  • handsome pete

    October 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    The LAST two sections? Talk about shitting the bed.

  • Despair4Ever

    October 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I always knew about the helicopter tragedy and Twilight Zone, but never new who, what, when , where, or why. Thanks for clarifying a 20+ year mystery.

  • Bassie02

    October 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    So, after I was done seeing ALL the original Twilight Zone series I went to see this movie on youtube (no joke, it is public apparantly). Personally, I’d rather see some other episodes remade in this movie – like the one with the wax-dolls coming to life, or that one called ‘Time at last’ woth Meredith = but we get to see…kick the can. Also not a big fan of that story about that kid, however, the lead actress (later the wife of Tom Hanks) looks very pretty in this!

    Fun fact: go to youtube and look for Shatners appearance in ‘The 3rd Rock From The Sun’. CLICK RIGHT HERE:

    As you know by now, there are 2 actors in that episode who played the same role in the same story. They both mention it in the episode.

    Pretty awesome reference. James should had included that in this video..

  • Bassie02

    October 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Oh, I understood that the two kids and the actor were…decapitated by the helicopter.

    Traumatic for the bystanders if that is true..

  • piratinflas

    October 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Great review James. I loved the last segment.

    I didn’t know about the terrible accident. There is a lot of info on wikipedia, and I’m shocked because the actual footage of the accident is on youtube. Too sad.

  • jdshald

    October 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    great series. thanks james

  • CrazyEmoOtaku

    October 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    John Lithgow played that role, FOR FREE?

  • chriswhetsell

    October 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Those creepy toons in this movie put “Terror Toons” to shame! “Terror Toons” one of the worst movies ever!

  • October 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    That kid getting hammered on his bike is one of the best/funniest things I have ever seen I must have replayed it a hundred times laughing lol

  • likalaruku

    October 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    They weren’t just killed; they were decapitated by a helicopter blade.

    I don’t know why this movie gets so much flac; it’s not bad.

    Kick the can is the segment I remember the most, even more than “there’s…some THING….on the wing.”

    You know what the most boring episode of the Twilight Zone was? The one with the old woman & the tiny UFO. Even the twist ending couldn’t save it.

  • hammerhorrortexas

    October 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I love the twilight zone! Great video James/Mike! I have old twilight zone laserdiscs and a bunch of dvd episodes, and the 80’s film.

  • LeyLey

    October 7, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Yep, when the thing on the airplane’s wing in the movie was revealed in a close up, against the window, I remember getting even more scared and mind shocked than the first time I saw Large Marge do her thing.
    That was some serious sheet.
    I miss being young and easily terrified by movies.

  • trenchace

    October 8, 2012 at 12:43 am

    oh goodness, i remember watching this terrible movie lol. It’s got NOTHING on the great Rod Serling

  • Johnthegamer

    October 8, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I still really enjoy the Twilight Zone movie, as a kid I found it super creepy and although it might not be the best segment, I personally like kick the can, it’s a nice break from the other darker stories.

  • Sardaukar Prime

    October 8, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Love this movie. The “It’s a Good Life” chapter is not as good as the original (Billy Mummy from Lost in Space & Babylon 5 was just creepy). It’s strange that James didn’t mentioned that both Shatner and Lthgow madea hillarious refence to Nightmare at 20,000 feet in an episode of 3rd Rock From The Sun.

  • majikman19

    October 8, 2012 at 3:16 am

    please let one of these reviews be the tales from the darkside: the movie, i know it’s 1990 but close enough that movie is the shit….YOU PROMISED YOU WOULDN’T TELL!!!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 8, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Ah, the Twilight Zone movie. I was confused. For some reason I thought there were two Twilight Zone movies, and William Shatner was in the old one, the airplane one. Thanks to your review I now understand that that was an old episode that was remade into the movie! So that is cleared up.

    That’s the kid that can point his finger and do whatever he wants, right? In any case, the movie doesn’t look too bad. I really like the old series, so I might have to give this a go, sometime.

  • Senna4ever

    October 8, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Seeing as James likes his trivia, I’m surprised he didn’t mention this…

    The 3rd story features Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson) who “ironically” get’s trapped in a cartoon. Also The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror II did a segment where they parodied this TZ episode/story where Bart is the one with the powers.

    Just thought I’d also add that the 1st segment was completed as originally intended. The accident with the helicopter was a scene thrown in at the last min by producers to add some “excitement”. Which is why is was poorly planned and why Vic and the children died.

  • Squall85

    October 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    The third segment might be the base for a Sam and Max cartoon episode – The Trouble With Gary 😀

    I saw the Shattner version of the last segment on youtube some years ago and it was really cool!

  • October 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I never got the inclusion of the kick the can segment, it’s really weak and killed this for me. Great episode as always

  • the_grim

    October 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Awesome MM episode James! I love the Twilight Zone Movie.

    FYI: Rob Bottin’s name is pronounced … Bow-teen.

  • RC 1138

    October 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    So, you’ve made a Star Trek reference in every Monster Madness this year. With this movie, they should have done the episode with the really stingy guy who is smushed by his car in the bottom of his pool.

  • October 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Wow, Dick Miller in something directed by Joe Dante. I didn’t see that coming; of course the name of Dick Miller’s character is Walter Paisley, which is really cool, since his character’s name in A Bucket of Blood and The Howling was exactly the same.

  • October 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Great stuff!

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 9, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Wow, the effects with the cartoons were amazing. I’d love to see something that insane in a haunted house.

  • Dolly Dagger

    October 9, 2012 at 8:10 am

    No love for Kick The Can? 🙁

    I always thought that was a great Twilight Zone episode, and a great segment in the movie. Did it belong in the movie when it was slated as a horror anthology? Probably not. But it was still fantastic.

    I’d have replaced the first two segments with remakes of ‘Masks’ (my favorite TZ episode), ‘The Howling Man’, or ‘Talky Tina’ (although they probably avoided that one on purpose because of the Child’s Play movies).

  • TagaZok

    October 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I remember well the last part with the “gremlin” it scared the hell out of me when I was a kid! I don’t remember much the other three , maybe because it didn’t scared me as much as the gremlin did . Great review James

  • lawnjart

    October 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Outrageous Conduct – book about the Twilight Zone deaths (and after reading this you’ll refer to them as murders).

    Highly recommend.

  • Jack Burton

    October 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    man I cant even watch this anymore after seeing the footage of what happened to Vick Morrow and them kids, I dont even like thinking about what I saw.

  • culwin

    October 10, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Why does Monster Madness have to end after October?
    You should do it every day of the year.

  • Kerveros

    October 10, 2012 at 5:55 am

    The irony, the girl being eaten by a cartoon is Nancy Cartwright who voices Bart Simpson.

  • October 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

    The Gremlin in the Twilight zone Movie is fucking AMAZING, but holds no candle to the Gremlins from Joe Dante’s movie.. the Gremlins are my favorite movie monsters, the only monster that even comes close to my love of the Gremlins is Godzilla himself… the Predator/Alien are pretty fucking amazing too though.. but Godzilla is the fucking KING..

  • thundergod74

    October 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Also a interesting note that kid with the powers his sister with the missing mouth was played by Cherie Currie of The Runaways!

  • JamesCDenton

    October 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    The woman at 3:13 who is in the cartoon is Nancy Cartwright, who six years later went on to voice the role for Bart Simpson.

    And I love the part in Nightmare at 20,000 (the movie one) when John Lithgow looks at the gremlin and he freaks out, and his eyeballs bulge out of his head just a little bit. It was just a split second where you could see it, but damn was it funny!

  • Aaron1375

    October 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Yeah, I didn’t like the first two parts of this anthology either. I only watched this one as a kid so I could see the third and fourth sections.

  • RandyPan

    October 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    They should’ve remade “To Serve Man”.

  • MisterLouk

    October 29, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I’m not joking, that Dan Akroyd scene makes me scream TO THIS DAY! I had to look away until I was sure you were done talking about that scene. It’s the only scene of a movie that actually frightens me, idk why, i remember watching it when I was really little and it scared the shit out of me. But I grew up watching Night of the Living Dead since i was 5. Idk, it really scares the shit out of me, though.

  • January 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I kid you not, when I was little, I was more afraid of the TV show gremlin than the one in the movie. The only thing that scared me really was the thing’s creepy looking face when it got close to the window.

  • January 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Wanna see somthin realy scary?

  • penpan

    May 22, 2013 at 12:50 am

    I LOVED the opening scene on the highway 😛 My sister and I had a legitimate scream at that 😛

  • Antonio Alonso

    September 26, 2013 at 5:34 am

    I have to share my experience with this movie.
    It is sad to admit it but I didn’t pass the first part, the intro with Dan Aykroyd. As soon as it finished I run away from the theater as far as I can and don’t fell safe till I reached my home 😀

  • February 10, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I loved the use of Tempest as the Background SoundFX when All Hell breaks loose in the remake of It’s A Good Life.

  • William Whiley

    March 5, 2014 at 12:28 am

    I don’t care how stupid the gremlin looked in the original TZ episode, it still scared the poop out of me.
    It was the first TZ episode I’ve ever watched. I thought it was going to be some cheesy old black-and-white sci-fi schlock series, and I was NOT expecting that face. It was a mindfuck.

  • October 6, 2015 at 11:35 am

    80’s a thon was one of my favorite years

  • May 5, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Sorry, still prefer the classic TZ

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