Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration

The 60th anniversary of The Twilight Zone is coming to a close at the end of 2019 but fans of the series have one final special event to celebrate the milestone. Tomorrow, November 14, Fathom Events is presenting The Twilight Zone in theaters for one night only. Six restored episodes of the series will be shown alongside a brand-new short subject documentary, “Remembering Rod Serling,” about the life and imagination of the creator of The Twilight Zone.

 The six episodes being shown are:

“Walking Distance,” written by Rod Serling
“Time Enough at Last,” written by Rod Serling from the story by Lyn Venable
“The Invaders,” written by Richard Matheson
“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” written by Rod Serling
“Eye of the Beholder,” written by Rod Serling
“To Serve Man,” written by Rod Serling from the story by Damon Knight

We have reviewed these episodes here in the Vortex and those interested can find the reviews by title in the directory on the sidebar.

You can view the detailed press release here and find screening locations here.


*Video and images used in this post are shared from the Fathom Events Twilight Zone 60th Anniversary Event Page. 


  1. My wife and I will be there tomorrow night!

  2. That's great to hear, Jack! I'll be there as well. Such a cool program for TZ fans.

  3. We went last night and had fun, though I don't believe any of those episodes were remastered beyond what's on the DVDs. The documentary was pretty good, especially the clips of Serling talking to college students.

    1. It was very cool to have the episodes on the big screen but I felt that the selection was a bit odd. It was all Serling episodes except for one, and two were not original scripts from Serling but adaptations. The other was a Matheson episode but not the Matheson episode one expects. I think I would have preferred a selection each from the major writers from the series. It would have been nice to see The Howling Man or A Game of Pool included in there. These are small quibbles, though, because it's great to have the Zone receive this kind of attention 60 years later. The Zone episodes have been taken care of to a degree rare for a series that old and I think we've seen the show look about as good as possible on DVD and BluRay. Hopefully the doc makes its way to wide availability at some point.

  4. So I just had to share... My wife and I attended a showing of this in Iowa City, IA. We got there about 20 min before 7 and they were showing TZ trivia and other previews. We were the only ones there and then suddenly it started 10 min early and as it starts, 4 people show up... 5 min later there are 25 people and I looked at my wife and said this isn’t right. So I announced to those in the theater that it started early and I was going to the manager to have them restart the film. The cashiers and concessions were busy, but I barged in and said TZ has already started and the guy looks at the clock and says it isn’t supposed to go for 5 more minutes, I’ll take care of it!
    I walked back in and they not only started it over but they started with all the trivia stuff all over again... so it was late getting started but the 40-50 people in there applauded when they restarted. There were people who had never seen the Twilight Zone before... wow. So when the documentary started at the end, We were both very tired but it was so worth it seeing all the interviews and footage. Things we never knew about Rod Serling.
    This show, these TZ fans and the rest of the human race and beyond owe so much to a man whose life was almost taken early on and we almost missed the TZ entirely. And to think he was only 50 when he passed. Wow.

    1. That's an awesome story. Thanks for sharing. It really is a testament to Rod Serling and those he gathered around him to create this enduring television series that it still connects with so many people sixty years later, and connects with them on a very human level, beyond mere entertainment value. The Twilight Zone fires the imagination, it stirs the emotions, and it ultimately creates great empathy within its viewers due to the humanism in its writing. We are indeed lucky to have had a Rod Serling and for him to have had access to a medium through which his writing could live beyond his own lifetime.