In the pantheon of horror television, no show delivers on the unsettling and unnerving than Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the seminal show, Fathom Events is putting on a one night only event entitled “The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration” that will showcase 6 digitally restored episodes of the classic show as well as a short documentary entitled REMEMBERING ROD SERLING. This is the first time that any episodes from the original run of the show have been showcased on the big screen on November 14th!
The six episodes that will be shown are as follows: (all descriptions from the CBS Video Library covers)
WALKING DISTANCE: “Advertising executive Martin Sloan (Gig Young), age thirty-six, is exhausted by the hectic pace of life in New York City. One day, while in an especially disgruntled mood, Martin goes for a drive in the country and winds up not far from his old home town. He stops, leaves his car at a gas station and sets off on foot to the town. Mysteriously, he arrives to find things exactly as they were when he was a child. Then reality sets in. His short walk has taken him a long, long way…much farther than he thought…all the way to The Twilight Zone.”
TIME ENOUGH AT LAST: “Henry Bemis, a bookish little man with thick horn-rimmed glasses wants only one thing out of life; the time to read. Reading is his only passion in an otherwise mundane existence…yet, it’s almost an impossibility due to a shrewish wife who deems reading silly…a boss at the bank who’s interested inefficiency, not education…and the unrelenting hands of the clock. Now all that is about to change. As he does every day, Bemis sneaks down to the vault to read during his lunch hour, but today when he emerges from his private sanctuary, he will enter a new world. A world that might or might not fulfill his life-long dream.”
THE INVADERS: “A woman (Agnes Moorehead) lives alone, isolated in a single, out-of-the-way farmhouse. Her only real causes for concern are breakfast, lunch, and dinner —that is until a space vessel lands on her roof. When a pair of squat, menacing aliens emerge, the proprietress suddenly finds herself in a fight for her life.”
THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET: “Maple Street, Anytown, U.S.A. A tree-lined street filled with white picket fences, neighborhood barbecues, and children’s laughter…until late on Saturday afternoon. After a sudden flash of light and a rumbling in the sky, Maple Street loses all of its power—cars, lights, telephones, appliances. The neighbors come to the conclusion it was just a meteor, but 8-year-old Tommy, a sci-fi buff, says he knows the real cause…aliens disguised as humans have infiltrated Maple Street and now they’re taking over.”
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: “Miss Janet Tyler, hospital patient 307, lives in a private world of darkness. Surgeons have just labored to repair the hideously disfigured face that has made her a lifelong outcast. If the procedure fails, state officials will relegate her to a special village with others of her kind. Tyler waits with hope, her head completely covered in bandages, ready to witness the outcome of her doctors’ efforts.”
TO SERVE MAN: “Headlines around the world blare the news. Aliens have finally found us. Weighing in at 350 lbs. each, the Kanamits are an impressive breed. Standing a little over nine feet tall, they dazzle the world with polished rhetoric and winning promises that would make a politician’s head spin. With their superior technology, they teach man how to end famine, harness energy and lay down their guns. The title of a Kanamit book left at the UN seems to say it all—translated it reads: “To Serve Man.” While decoding experts struggle to decipher the rest of the book, thousands, including head cryptographer Michael Chambers, book passage to the Kanamits’ home planet. By the time his assistant translates the book, it’s too late…because Michael Chambers and thousands more like him have just bought a one-way ticket into The Twilight Zone!”
The documentary REMEMBERING ROD SERLING dives in the mind and life of the creator of the Twilight Zone, Rod Serling. It will cover his time as a paratrooper in World War II to the eventual creation of the show.
This anniversary event is a must-see for fans of the Twilight Zone and Rod Serling as a whole.
Check out the Fathom Events website for times and locations.
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