Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) Movie Review

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1983 | Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
101 minutes /

User Score: 50/100

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Twilight Zone: The Movie Review


Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series "The Twilight Zone" (1959).

Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) is an American fantasy sci-fi horror anthology movie. It is a theatrical version of TV series: The Twilight Zone (1959–1964) that was created by Rod Serling. Twilight Zone: The Movie is a remake that contains one original story and three episodes of the original series.There were a lot of familiar faces in this movie, and it was worth watching for an oldie movie. The actors did a spectacular job with their roles. The screenplays were well written, and the pace of the segments was done nicely. The film contains suspense, violence, intense scenes, thrills, horror, and scary monsters of all sort.


A driver (Albert Brooks - Finding Nemo (2003), Drive (2011), Taxi Driver (1976), Defending Your Life (1991)) pulled over to a dark area and turn off his headlights with his passenger in the car. The driver started to tell the passenger ( Dan Aykroyd - Ghostbusters (1984), The Blues Brothers (1980), Ghostbusters II (1989), Trading Places (1983)) about a scary game. This is an excellent intro as the passenger also had a great treat for the driver. The passenger is, in fact, a monster that transformed, so the driver’s story was nothing compared to what the passenger had in store for him. I was not expecting the intro to end the way it did.

Segment - Time Out

Time Out is the only original segment that was loosely based on the episode "A Quality of Mercy" in the Twilight Zone series. Mr. Bill Connor (Vic Morrow - Combat! (1962), The Bad News Bears (1976), The Glass House (1972)) is a very lonely angry man that is tired of waiting for good things to happen to him. He sees good things happening to others but never to him. A promotion was given to a Jewish person at his job, and Bill turns to the bar and made racial remarks towards Jews, blacks, and Asians. Bill started to live in different dimensions experiencing the life of Jewish, Black and Asian people. What will happen to Bill as he lives the lives of every race he made unpleasant remarks about?

Segment - Kick the Can

Kick the Can is a remake of the episode "Kick the Can" and was directed by Steven Spielberg. Mr. Bloom (Scatman Crothers - The Shining (1980), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), The AristoCats (1970), Chico and the Man (1974)) is an elderly man. He just moved into Sunnyvale Retirement Home and were about to change the residents lives. Mr. Bloom listened to all the other elderly people speaking about how joyous their lives were before the home. He told them that they could still live a life fill with joy and happiness. Leo Conroy (Bill Quinn - The Birds (1963), Archie Bunker’s Place (1979), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), The Rifleman (1958)) is the only one to disagree with Mr. Bloom to wake up in the night for a game of kick the can. Leo believes that they are just too old, can not play the same games as they did when they were younger. Mr. Bloom made residents that played the game young again, but it did not take long for them to ask Mr. Bloom for them to change back into their actual age. The residents realize that being young again came with bad things as well as good things. Who is Mr. Bloom and why does he visit several retirement homes. I love this segment and the message that it gives.

Segment - It’s a Good Life

It’s a Good Life is a remake of the episode "It’s a Good Life". Helen Foley ( Kathleen Quinlan - Apollo 13 (1995), The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Event Horizon (1997), Family Law (1999)) met a little boy named Anthony while stopping at a bar for directions. Helen saved the little boy from people in the bar mistreating him and soon after accidently hit Anthony’s bike while backing out of her parking spot. She offered Anthony (Jeremy Licht - Valerie (1986), The Comeback Kid (1980), The Next One (1984)) a ride home and met his very welcoming family. Helen thought it was strange to see the family having a whole bunch of treats, cookies and candies for dinner but assumes it was for a birthday party. The family also searched through Helen’s coat pocket and pocketbook while Anthony was giving her a tour of the house.

Everything is not what it seems to be, and Helen discovers that in a bad time. Her pocket book fell when she was trying to flee the home and a note the family hid in her pocket-book fell out. The note said, "Help us! Anthony is a monster!" Anthony has special powers and intentionally gets run over to lure people into his home. This segment has people being zapped into a television, door transforming into a human eye, demonic creature coming out of the television set and other devilish things. Will Helen escape from Anthony? What will Anthony do to his family members for seeking help? Entertaining episode and captivating.

Segment - Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet is a remake of the episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." Mr. John Valentine ( John Lithgow - 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996), Interstellar (2014), Shrek (2001), Cliffhanger (1993)) nervous airline passenger. He saw an ugly gremlin on the airplane wing and began to have a severe panic attack. John tries to break the airplane window with the oxygen canister after he believes that the gremlin is destroying the plane engine and breaking apart the wing. A passenger wrestled John and John soon took the passenger’s gun and shot the window open. The gremlin enters the plane after John fired several shots and took the gun away. The plane made an emergency landing and John was placed into a straightjacket and declared insane. Everyone is trying to make sense of how the engine got damaged and what caused the damages to the wing. It was an ok segment, but nothing to go crazy over.


The ending and beginning of the movie are very similar. The driver from the start of the film is seen driving the ambulance that is carrying John. The driver plays the same music as he did for his passenger at the beginning of the movie and also asked him “do you want to see something scary.”

About Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983

Title: Twilight Zone: The Movie
Original Title: It's a Good Life, Kick the Can, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
Year: 1983
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 14 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14
Starring: Dick Miller, John Larroquette, Larry Cedar, Dan Aykroyd, Steven Williams, William S. Taylor, Al Leong, Kathleen Quinlan, John Dennis Johnston, Norbert Weisser, Priscilla Pointer, John Lithgow, Charles Hallahan, Elsa Raven, Alan Haufrect, Doug McGrath, Bill Taylor, Tanya Fenmore, Evan Richards, Lana Schwab, Stephen Bishop, Kevin McCarthy, Charles Knapp, Christina Nigra, Jeffrey Bannister, Scatman Crothers, William Schallert, Donna Dixon, Albert Brooks, Helen Shaw
Writers: Rod Serling, John Landis, George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson, Melissa Mathison, Jerome Bixby, Robert Garland
Director: Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, George Miller, John Landis