Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Cable in the 80’s and 4 Dec 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Anthology of four strange stories from the original TV show from the 1960’s re-imagined for a new generation.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing as a kid on cable and only recalled the fact that John Lithgow appears in one segment and that the film’s aura has always been marred by the fact that a devastating accident occurred during filming which took the lives of actor Vic Morrow and two young children following a helicopter mishap on set.
This film is really enjoyable on a whole because it is able to take some of the tales form the original TV show and update them for a more modern world.
Each of the four segments is directed by someone else and all four directors are quite talented.
John Landis directed the first segment about a bigot who gets a lesson in real bigotry.
Steven Spielberg directed the second about a group of elderly people in a nursing home who get a chance to relive their youth.
The third segment was directed by Joe Dante and the fourth by George Miller.
The segments by Landis and Spielberg are the better ones IMHO and each of them has a great message that resonates throughout even after the stories have ended.
The other two segments aren’t as powerful and drag the film down a bit which detracts from the potential of this film ad its impact.
Bottom Line – Really enjoyable film that us able to work quite well in modernizing these various tales. Each segment is directed by someone else and feature distinct characters that are completely disconnected from one another. The first two segments are IMHO the very best and each have very different messages about life which are quite poignant. The latter two segments are less enjoyable and take away slightly from the impact that this film could potentially have if one just looks at the first two segments. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As Vic Morrow was waiting to film what would turn out to be the scene that killed him, he said to a Production Assistant, “I must be out of my mind to be doing this. I should’ve asked for a stunt double. What can they do but kill me, right?!” While he was filming Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974), he insisted on having a one million dollar life insurance policy before he would shoot any scenes involving the helicopter, in which he was due to ride. He was very insistent, and when asked why, Morrow replied “I have always had a premonition I was going to die in a helicopter crash!” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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