Box art for Twilight Zone: The Movie

Twilight Zone: The Movie

drama, sci-fi & fantasy

Four short horrorific tales are anthologized in this film as a tributeto rod serling and his popular tv series.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

TV show is much better; some mature themes, violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that certain segments in this fantasy anthology contain acts of violence. In the first narrative in particular, racially-tinged acts of brutality and intimidation (and verbal racist slurs) get to be practically nonstop. Horrific elements include a sneering, demon-like monster and some grotesque creatures inspired by cartoon characters. There is some light swearing, smoking and drinking, and taking of sedative pills. There's also some don't-try-this-at-home reckless driving.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about which stories they liked best and why.
  • Discuss Anthony, the little boy who is all-powerful. Ask kids what they would be like if they could make anything happen.
  • Video compilations of the original Twilight Zone exist, and some episodes got big-budget remakes here. Treat this as an opportunity to get kids to watch the black-and-white classic.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews


- Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Miller leaves] 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.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

It was pretty nice, there were some parts that felt way too corny to me but there were some good moments too..

- citawijaya, Friday, October 30, 2009

4 stars

Four great solid stories that make me want to see more old episodes.

- Godless, Thursday, November 1, 2007

4 stars

An anthology of big-screen Twilight Zone tales. Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks get us in the mood with a late night car drive, reminiscing about the old TV show. Vic Morrow plays a racist who is thrust into the shoes of persecuted blacks, jews and vietnamese, for a eye-opening tale. Too bad about the real life tragedy which befell this shoot. Scatman Crothers plays a game of kick the can with some old folks home residents for some juvenile fun. This segment dragged things down a bit, but there's a great conclusion. Kathleen Quinlan plays a visiting teacher to a town cowering in fear over a small boy with god-like powers. The scenes at the boy's home are genuinely creepy. It has a very touching resolution. Finally, John Lithgow plays a passenger on a stormy airplane ride, who sights a creature attempting to sabotage the plane's engine out the window. It's great freaky paranoid tension which brings the movie to a screaming finale. Overall, the whole series of tales is a fun ride.

- YosemiteSamFan, Saturday, July 7, 2007