- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: October 9, 2007
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
- Dolby Surround Stereo - English
- Mono 1.0 - French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, Portuguese
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 06/15/1983
"...[A] tantalizing teaser opening followed by three sketches of increasing quality..."
Based on the popular television series, this film is a collection of four frightening tales of the supernatural, each by a different director--Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg, John Landis, and George Miller. The film opens with Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks as two hapless road-trippers who tell scary stories to pass the time. The four segments that follow include some updated re-creations of classic Twilight Zone episodes.
In this film adaptation of Rod Serling's classic sci-fi TV show, four eerie stories are presented, paying homage to the master. In the spine-chilling prologue, Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks are driving down a dark and winding road listening to "Midnight Special" at top volume when the tape suddenly cuts short and they are forced to find a new form of road-trip entertainment: scary stories. Suddenly the road trip isn't as fun anymore as the driver and the passenger try to outscare one another. In the first segment (directed by John Landis), a bitter and cynical racist receives a major dose of his own medicine. Steven Spielberg's segment is a retelling of the "Kick the Can" episode, in which a group of elderly people try to recapture their childhood. Joe Dante updates the classic episode that starred Billy Mumy as a monster who controls a small town. Finally, George Miller takes on the fabulous episode "Terror at 40,000 Feet," in which John Lithgow has a flight to remember. (The part was originally played to perfection by William Shatner on the television show.)
Evil Kids |
Short Stories |
Theatrical Release |
- Actor Vic Morrow and two Vietnamese child actors were killed during production of director John Landis's segment.
- In the ending of Segment One, mention is made of Sgt. Niedermeyer getting "fragged by his troops." This is the same fate given to Niedermeyer in the ending of Landis's NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE.
- Actress Donna Dixon (Segment Four) and Dan Aykroyd were married just prior to the film's release.
- Directors John Landis and Joe Dante later each contributed segments to AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON.
- Dan Aykroyd (Passenger) says to Albert Brooks (Driver): "Do you wanna see something really scary'"