Twilight Zone: The Movie, 1983. An anthology fantasy-science fiction horror film. Segments directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis, Joe Dante, and George Miller. Starring Burgess Meredith, Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, John Lithgow, Vic Morrow, and Kathleen Quinlan.
The film is a remake of three classic episodes of the original series and includes one original story. The film garnered notoriety before its release for the tragic stunt helicopter crash which took the lives of Vic Morrow and two child actors, Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen.
The Prologue - Scene 1
The film starts with a driver and his passenger driving very late at night, singing along to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s cover of “Midnight Special” on a cassette, and the song ends when the tape breaks. The driver talks about a scary game he finds amusing: he switches off the car’s headlights and drives in the dark. After the passenger admits that he is uncomfortable, the driver laughs it off and keeps the lights on. With no tape or radio, the pair start a Name That Tune game with television theme songs such as Sea Hunt and Hawaii Five-O, and eventually the classic theme to The Twilight Zone. The conversation turns to what episodes of the series they found most scary, such as Burgess Meredith in “Time Enough at Last” and other classics. The passenger then asks the driver, “Do you want to see something really scary?” The driver obliges and reluctantly pulls over. The passenger turns his face away, then turns back around having transformed into a demon and attacks the driver.
The scene then cuts to outside the car as the familiar Twilight Zone opening theme music and monologue begin (spoken by narrator):
You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of sound. A dimension of sight. A dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into… The Twilight Zone.