"Employers could get waivers to work kids later than that but Landis did not seek one. The exact reason for this failure later became a matter of intense dispute. Either he thought he would not get the waiver because the hour was too late or he knew he could not get approval to have kids around a helicopter and explosives." [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen
on Sep 21, 2012 -
"It's a Good Life"
is a 1953 story by Jerome Bixby, who also wrote It! The Terror From Beyond Space
, said to be the inspiration for Alien
, and the Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror" (the one with evil bearded Spock.) It was made into a famous Twilight Zone episode, and is generally considered among the greatest SF stories ever written. Is "It's a Good Life" about God? Communism? 1950s suburban conformity? Or just about the horror of the self-contained world it creates in its few pages and the terrible realization that it would be possible to survive inside it, for a while?
posted by escabeche
on May 1, 2012 -
Though Roald Dahl is better known in this day as the author of stories for children, he had a parallel career as the author of short stories with more adult, macabre sensibilities
. Some of those stories became part of a short-run series to fill the slot of to not one
but two ill-fated Jackie Gleason shows
. But instead of another game show or talk show, CBS wanted something to pair with the Twilight Zone. That show was Way Out
, though it didn't rate well and only ran for 14 episodes
(and 5 episodes are on Archive.org
). 18 years later, Dahl returned to TV with his sinister stories, but this time it was in the UK, where Tales of the Unexpected
lasted 9 seasons, 112 episodes in total
. You can view 23 or so episodes online, split into parts
(YT Playlist). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 22, 2011 -
Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrance at Owl Creek Bridge"
is considered "one of the most widely read, widely anthologized, widely taught, and widely admired short stories in all of American literature.
" As well as TVTropes' earliest example of [SPOILER]
a Dying Dream
. An Oscar and Cannes award winning short film was made from the story, "La Rivière du hibou"
that was aired on American TV as an episode of "The Twilight Zone" (part one
). Since then, it has been read by 'Front Porch Al' on the CBC's "As It Happens"
, and been the basis of umpteen other short films
. Recently, the original film was 'mashed up' with Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick"
, and now the story has gotten the full Music Video treatment, for the (not really related) song "Unlovable" by Babybird
, directed by Johnny Depp. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Apr 21, 2010 -
An eerie tribute to countless Twilight Zone episodes, Pixar Animator Rodrigo Blaas has published his animated short film Alma
. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Dec 22, 2009 -
Mike Wallace interviews Rod Serling in 1959, discussing timidity and censorship in television programming, and Serling's upcoming series The Twilight Zone
. Part one
. Part two
. Part three
. (TouTube links)
posted by Astro Zombie
on Nov 14, 2008 -
I've always loved Bernard Herrmann's music (symphonic or film) but I didn't know until this afternoon that he was responsible for the two most recognizable bars of music in the last 30 years: the theme for The Twilight Zone.
posted by realjanetkagan
on Sep 10, 2002 -
The Internet Pinball Database
has shots of backglasses, playing tables, and promotional flyers for just about every pinball machine ever created. I loved pinball. Now, it seems impossible to find a machine to play on. Back when I worked at a local pizza shop, we had a rotation of some great machines. I really enjoyed the Addams Family
, Star Wars
, Lethal Weapon 3
(which i remember as being really easy), and especially the Twilight Zone
game, with the special white power ball. A walk down memory lane that served me well. Find a place near you to play some pinball here
. Or, you could just go pro
posted by Ufez Jones
on Jun 12, 2002 -