This post is, decidedly, part 3 of the horror series. To read the freshly renamed part 1 and part 2 of the horror series. Follow the links. Halloween is over, but you know me, I do declare 31 Oct my personal christmas since the TV tends to yield the best of horror on that day. So much horror…it almost feels lovingly personal. Not sure how long the horror series is going to last for but I’m guessing it’ll continue till until my brain combusts or the minions revolt. 😛
This week, instead of a continued stay in the organic folklore of South East Asia (I promise we’ll return to that…but it’s a time-eating post and since I spent the weekend entertaining brain eating birds from North pole) I thought we’d leave the creepy humid jungles of SEA and speak instead of the Twilight Zone series made in the 1950s.
Truth is, Dad has been ranting and raving about the series for as long as I can remember but really, it’s hard to take Dad as a reliable reference for pop culture. Especially when his idea of selling 50s entertainment is mock killing me with random broomsticks and declaring himself SHINTAROOOOOO!
All this just about wipes out any potential for him to be a reliable taste maker in my books.
That is…until I stumbled onto 21 gigs worth of 1950s twilight zone episodes. I brought them to Singapore for dad, who looked at me like it was double Christmas on speed. We watched one of them together sometime last year and to date it’s become (almost) my sole source of entertainment.
For those not in the know, Twilight Zone is a Scifi/ Fantasy anthology TV series. The original series ran from 1959 to 1964. The original concept was so sucessful it birthed 2 series remakes. Each episode is lovingly introduced and closed by the main writer Rod Serling where he sprouts general interestingness and morals to the tale. The style might be deemed too theatrical for the modern age, but really remains quite endearing.
My progress is slow, there are over 150 episodes in the full 5 seasons and I’ve only just started on season 2 , these are my highlights to date. Video embedded and -again – in my opinion, scarier than tv-crawling Sadako. Your Royal Madness says you must watch. Especially when she has spent the entire afternoon finding/embeding complete videos for your amusement.
*** Enter boring as batshit legal banter here…episodes are property of CBS, but yeah, if u like it, buy it etc etc 🙂 ***
Here we go. Episodes and some DIY Rod Serling style wisdom… 😛
PERCHANCE TO DREAM – is what happens when you take too much Red Bull and spend WAY too much time in carnivals. I don’t know why, it reminds me of a horror classic called “Carnival of Souls” but in a bite sized horror filled 20+ mins.
THE SIXTEEN MILLIMETRE SHRINE – is reverse Sadako. Instead of things coming OUT of TV it’s things going IN.
WALKING DISTANCE – more beautiful than scary. If interactive, mind reading, 3D polaroids that could directly interact with neurons were invented. Our journeys would look like this.
A WORLD OF HIS OWN – where the writer character reprogrammes reality like Neo from the Matrix. Except this happens half a century earlier.
A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY – where a funeral services owner gets new clientele by sending subliminal messages of happy death. This is quite funny to me because I do live rather near the suburb of Willoughby.
AFTER HOURS – See this is what happens when you eat too much food out of plastic containers. For added creepy strange, I think the main actress looks like Bjork
This selection is brought to you by Your Royal Madness, who woke up realising her “time-verse” shrunk and is doing a Shintaro style battle with time to finish all she needs to this week.