Twilight Zone—The Movie | Chicago Reader

Twilight Zone—The Movie

A 1983 big-screen revival of the Rod Serling TV series, divided into four episodes. The first two—an antiracist fable directed with sadistic relish by John Landis and a puerile, condescending fantasy by Steven Spielberg—are total stinkers, but things pick up with Joe Dante's creepy, claustrophobic, and very funny study of a brattish kid who lives in a cartoon universe, and come slamming home with George Miller's final sketch about a paranoid airline passenger. Extending the style of his Mad Max films into an entirely different context, Miller left no doubt that he was the finest stylist to emerge in the early 80s, with a sense of narrative rhythm linked to visual development that is wholly original and ravishing. With Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, John Lithgow, Vic Morrow, and Kathleen Quinlan. 101 min.

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