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You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension of sight and sound but also of mind; a journey into a wondrous land where a director known for two mediocre science fiction films is given the keys to a classic series- his next stop, The Twilight Zone! That’s right, The Twilight Zone is getting another modern retelling, this time with Oblivion and Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski in talks to direct. This marks the fourth remake for The Twilight Zone, including the 1983 film and the TV revivals in 1985 and 2002. This speaks volumes about what we’re likely to get in our next Twilight Zone remake. For one, there’s only one director being announced- so either Kosinski will be directing all of the film’s segments by himself, or the film will inexplicably be a single episode stretched to feature length. And second, Kosinski’s not known for his horror chops. The only two pictures in his filmography are futuristic sci-fi tales, so could his modern Twilight Zone ease up on the spookiness and send us centuries into the future? The folks at The Hollywood Reporter mention that the script has already been re-written to hell and back, but will be altered to fit Kosinski’s unique style. That’s key as anyone who’s watched and loved Rod Serling’s series knows its memorable greatness came from the stories. No word yet on who, specifically, is in charge of alterations. The big question from here is: who’ll be the narrator/host? My vote goes to Keith David.

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According to Variety, Matt Reeves‘s Twilight Zone has captured another writer who is no doubt currently wondering why he’s back in Abraham Lincoln’s time and unable to convince anyone of the assassination. Jason Rothenberg wrote the original draft, which was tackled by Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes), and now Joby Harold (All You Need is Kill, Awake) will take an ink-filled stab at it. The most fascinating thing about the Warner Bros. project is the idea that Rod Serling‘s show will essentially be stretched into a feature film. Previous movies based on the iconic television show were serials, and the show itself got paper thin when it tried to fill an hour-long time slot, so two full hours of being in the Zone could be a bigger challenge than most expect. After all, how much clever brow-beating can we handle? The answer to that question lies in watching every episode. Tread carefully, but there’s still hope for this project. Despite Hayden Christensen’s strange take on playing a motionless guy, Awake was a clever little flick (that Harold also directed). With any luck, his talent will be the final polish it needs to get shoved in front of cameras.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #149): “The Jeopardy Room” (airdate 4/17/64) The Plot: Russian agents check in, but they don’t check out. The Goods: Major Ivan Kuchenko (Martin Landau) sits in a hotel room mere hours from a planned defection to the West, but while he believes he’s alone in his thoughts he’s actually being monitored by two KGB agents sent to stop him. He discovers the truth when the two men make contact and tell him there’s a bomb in his room. He’ll be dead by dawn unless he can find and disarm the explosive.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #148): “Caesar and Me” (airdate 4/10/64) The Plot: An Irish dummy takes life advice from one probably made in China. The Goods: Jonathan West is an Irish immigrant to America whose only skill appears to be ventriloquism. “Appears to be” but really isn’t, because West actually has no skills and the dummy is somehow alive. With no job and bills to pay West lets the dummy talk him into committing a string of burglaries. But can a man with no perceivable talents find success in a game where one wrong move can send him to jail?

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #147): “Sounds and Silences” (airdate 4/3/64) The Plot: A large, loud man in love with volume finds himself in an audio nightmare. The Goods: Roswell G. Flemington is the captain of a model ship building office where he treats his employees to rants and insults as well as classical music blasting from the speakers. He likes it loud, and he expects everyone else does too. They don’t of course, and neither does his wife who has grown sick of playing second fiddle to a grand orchestral cacophony of other noises. Roswell couldn’t care less about any of them though, but the tables turn one day when every single noise becomes a thundering boom between his ears.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #146): “I Am The Night – Color Me Black” (airdate 3/27/64) The Plot: A whole lotta racism goin’ on. The Goods: On the morning that a man called Jagger is to be hung for murder, the darkness of night never turns into day. As if to weigh in on the wrongful judgment by a bigoted town, the universe has kept the light out of their city limits. But why? What’s at the center of it all? As it turns out, it’s John F. Kennedy.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #140): “From Agnes – With Love” (airdate 2/14/64) The Plot: A scientist runs into trouble when his supercomputer falls in love with him. The Goods: James Ellwood (Wally Cox) is a high level brain working with the State Department on a very important and top secret project. The primary tool at their disposal is the world’s smartest computer, nicknamed Agnes, but after her last handler is relieved of duty for apparent job stress Ellwood becomes the primary scientist on the project. Agnes takes up an entire wall of a room, and her various display screens and communication window resemble a face to some degree. That personification takes on even more weight when she begins communicating with Ellwood about things outside of mathematics and science. She begins poking into his private life and discovers he has the hots for Millie (Sue Randall) the secretary, but when she starts offering suggestions on how to bag Millie it becomes clear that she may have ulterior motives.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #139): “Night Call” (airdate 2/07/64) The Plot: An old biddy is perturbed by an escalating series of phone calls in the middle of the night. The Goods: A creepy old house, a storm cracking apart the sky outside, and an old woman asleep in her bed. Suddenly the phone rings and Miss Elva Keene (Gladys Cooper) is awakened from a troubled sleep. She answers it and hears only silence at first, but soon an indistinguishable voice begins to arise faintly from the distorted reception. Elva complains to the operator the next day, but nothing comes of it and the following night is once again disturbed with a phone call. Someone’s calling Miss Elva, and he’s calling from a very long distance indeed.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #138): “Black Leather Jackets” (airdate 1/31/64) The Plot: A trio of bikers in black leather arrive in a small town, and their neighbor suspects they’re up to some no good shenanigans. The Goods: The tranquility of a small, suburban street is shattered by the loud throttling of three motorcycles that come rolling into view to park in front of a singular home. Their new home. The three riders are clad all in black leather, come complete with scary gang names (Fred, Scott and Steve) and are accompanied by their own jazzy score. They’re a nightmare for family man Stu Tillman (Denver Pyle) for more reasons than one. Stu’s daughter, Ellen (Shelley Fabares), has fallen madly in love with the ruffian named Scott (Lee Kinsolving). Oh, and the trio may just be aliens bent on destroying mankind.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #137): “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” (airdate 1/24/64) The Plot: When conformity is the new normal the refusal to conform is seen as plain crazy. The Goods: Marilyn lives in a future world where everyone undergoes a “transformation” at the age of nineteen that alters their physical appearance into one of a handful of young, sleek and sexy models. The goal, as mandated by the government, is to eliminate inequality and ugliness. No longer will people be made fun of or ostracized for being too fat, short or unattractive. Instead, everyone will look like one of fifteen or so models… and simply where name tags to distinguish those in similar fleshy chassis. But what happens when someone chooses to stay the way they are? Plain and homely Marilyn is about to find out as she says no to the procedure, and everyone around her can only assume she’s gone mad. “What you need is a glass of Instant Smile.”

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #136): “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross” (airdate 1/17/64) The Plot: A no-good putz wishes the universe would give him a break just once. And it does… Twilight Zone style. The Goods: Salvadore Ross (Don Gordon) is what the French call “a douche.” He pulls up one morning in a fancy new car and accosts a woman on the street who he used to date (and who briefly looks like Rene Russo). Leah (Gail Kobe) is surprised to see him riding around in style, but she’s less impressed when she learns he simply “borrowed” the car from an old man he’s currently working for. She rebuffs his aggressive advances, but he works his way into her home where he gets an equally chilly reception from Leah’s otherwise kindly father. Sal wishes aloud that something would go his way just one time and punches a wall for emphasis… which immediately results in a broken hand.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #129): “Probe 7, Over and Out” (airdate 11/29/63) The Plot: An astronaut slams his ship right into a planet, but there’s little chance for him to return home because a nuclear war is destroying everything and everyone he knows. The Goods: Even with the casual gloss of the writing, there’s a deep question that’s been stabbed into the body of this story and remains there, untended to, even as it creates a great amount of aches and pains. That question is one of attempting to put yourself into the moon boots of Colonel Cook (Richard Baseheart) who isn’t just stranded on an alien world – he’s helplessly stranded. He is literally millions of miles away while his world dies. How’s that for powerless?

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #128): “Uncle Simon” (airdate 11/15/63) The Plot: A woman gives in to greed and allows her mean old uncle to die prematurely in an effort to speed up her inheritance. The Goods: Barbara has lived with her Uncle Simon for 25 years, the entirety of her adult life, but her dedication has little to do with love or familial responsibility. Simon is extremely wealthy, and Barbara is in line to inherit it all when he passes. It hasn’t been easy for her though as the man is a complete and utter prick. She keeps her eye on the prize, takes the abuse, and counts the days until the old bastard keels over. Until the day he really does fall over… and lands in a crumpled and twisted heap at the bottom of the stairs. He pleads for her help, but Barbara simply chastises the dying man and walks away.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #127): “The Old Man in the Cave” (airdate 11/8/63) The Plot: After a massively destructive atomic event, a small band of people try to rebuild a life, aided by the advice of a leader that gets all of his marching orders from a mysterious, unseen old man in a cave – just like the title promises! The Goods: With everything in ruins, it’s tough to think straight. We aren’t used to survival mode, and when we drop into it, the results are pretty ugly. Rod Serling knew this, and it was paramount in his creation of The Twilight Zone. This episode is one of the most direct examples of the show’s philosophy that faith and courage should endure even when fear and violence promise to be our salvation. The story here focuses on the pacific Mr. Goldsmith (John Anderson) as he barely holds on to his leadership position – one he utilizes to organize the people left alive in the area.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #126): “Living Doll” (airdate 11/1/63) The Plot: A new doll threatens a little girl’s mean-spirited stepfather, and all the lollipops in the world may not be enough to save him. The Goods: Annabelle and her daughter Christie return from a day out with a new toy for the girl, but husband/stepdad Erich (Telly Savalas) is none too thrilled with the purchase. He’d prefer it if his wife didn’t spend his money or use his credit cards, and he’s not above being a complete tool about it towards her and the child. Erich’s angry power play intimidates Annabelle and Christie, but the Talking Tina doll is less than impressed. Quite the opposite in fact. It threatens to kill him.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #120): “The Bard” (airdate 5/23/63) The Plot: A talentless writer begs his way into an TV writing opportunity, but it requires knowledge of black magic. He finds a book on the dark arts, or at least it finds him, and soon he’s conjured up the most famous writer in history. The Goods: Julius K. Moomer is a very determined television writer. Unfortunately he’s not a very good one. His persistence pays off though when he convinces some folks to give him a shot at writing the pilot to a pre-approved TV show. The subject is black magic, so armed with a complete lack of knowledge on the subject he heads to a local bookstore for inspiration. A magical tome literally jumps towards him, and soon he’s playing around with powers beyond his comprehension. And by that I mean he conjures up William Shakespeare to write a TV script.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #119): “Passage on the Lady Anne” (airdate 5/9/63) The Plot: A woman believes a cruise is the ticket to saving her marriage, but it’s doubtful that her heart will go on. The Goods: Eillen Ransome (Joyce Van Patten, who most recently could be seen in Grown Ups and Marley & Me) is not having the best marriage. Her husband Allen (Lee Philips) seems to be sniping at her more and more, and she’s treating him the same way. After eight years, the magic seems to be gone. Where better to find it than the open ocean? They board a cruiser from New York to Southampton, England, and the emotional states begin ebbing and flowing with the seas themselves. It’s funny, though. All the other passengers seem to be far, far older than the Ransomes.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #118): “On Thursday We Leave for Home” (airdate 5/2/63) The Plot: A group of settlers who landed on a desert planet thirty years ago wait for a rescue ship they believe is due any day. Their leader promises an Earth full of bounties, but when the ship actually arrives he begins to have second thoughts about letting them go. The Goods: 113 interplanetary settlers arrived on V9-Gamma in 1991 in the hopes of creating a new home for humanity to thrive, but the dry, dusty planet with its dual suns beating down would have none of that. Instead, the group was forced to struggle to survive while they waited for a rescue ship. Now, thirty years later, a radio communication has alerted them to the imminent arrival of that very ship. The group, now numbering over 180, has come close to losing faith in a rescue. Some have grown weary of the daily grind while others have given up on life and committed suicide, but through it all Captain William Benteen has kept them in line. Well, except for the ones who killed themselves. For three decades he’s been their leader, their confessor, their disciplinarian, their shoulder to lean on, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. But when […]

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #116): “Of Late I Think of Cliffordville” (airdate 4/11/63) The Plot: A rich old bastard takes joy in acquiring businesses that have fallen on hard times and destroying the lives of those who originally created them. His only real want left is the chance to return to his hometown and do it all over again. Cue a certain Miss Devlin and an offer he can’t refuse… The Goods: Mr. William Feathersmith is a brilliant businessman but a bad man. We first meet him as he very intentionally and cruelly destroys another old man’s business empire right before his eyes. Laughing as the poor guy makes his walk of shame to the elevator, Feathersmith’s happiness and satisfaction knows no bounds. Well, maybe one. “Getting it was the kick,” he says. “Not having it.” The real thrill he’s found is in the maneuvering required to take things from others and profit off of them. After the fact, once he’s ostensibly won the thing in question, the joy and excitement dwindles. So what do you do when you already have everything?

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