Why does elite horror/fantasy filmmaker Guillermo del Toro have extra pairs of reading glasses stashed all over the world? Because of The Twilight Zone.
The Twilight Zone had a crucial and lasting impact on our beloved genre. Launched in 1959 by host and creator Rod Serling, the TV series brought horror themes directly into people’s homes for the very first time. As opposed to predecessors like Tales From Tomorrow and Science Fiction Theater, The Twilight Zone never shied from bold topics that were timely and terrifying.
While only a few episodes of The Twilight Zone are overtly harrowing, they all explore themes and situations that are, on some level, scary as hell! Case in point: Time Enough at Last (Episode 8). It’s the tale of a bumbling bookworm (played by Burgess Meredith) who wants nothing more than to immerse himself in literature all day long. When he finds himself the sole survivor of a nuclear war, he believes his dreams have come true. He goes to a bombed-out library and surrounds himself with a lifetime’s worth of tomes, absolutely elated—until a random motion sends his reading glasses tumbling. His lenses completely shattered, one man’s dream of a cerebral existence becomes a nightmare of absolute solitude. It’s the definition of tragic irony.
Watch the palpable heartbreak unfold in the clip below:
It turns out, Time Enough at Last had a huge impact on del Toro—not so much creatively, but literally. He revealed to his Twitter followers how this Twilight Zone Episode has affected the way he lives his life:
Ever since seeing Time Enough at Last as a kid, I have owned 12 pairs of glasses distributed in stashes around the globe. I travel w 2. pic.twitter.com/G6LQRj9VTL
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) March 15, 2017
“Ever since seeing Time Enough at Last as a kid, I have owned 12 pairs of glasses distributed in stashes around the globe. I travel w 2.”
Is it comforting or disturbing to know that del Toro is prepared for a potential apocalypse? Hey, at least it shows where his priorities are! When a fan asked him if he’d ever considered laser corrective surgery, the filmmaker replied: “I did one (in the fucking Precambrian era) and reverted.”
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So what about you? Is there an episode of The Twilight Zone that has had a lasting impact on your life? Tell us about it in the Comments section!