Saturday Frights: Twilight Zone – “Shatterday” (1985)

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Welcome back to all of you fans of fiendish film and TV! Those howls you hear from the creatures of the night need be no cause for alarm, you are safe down here with us in the Retroist vault! Us? Yeah, that’s the one and only Doug McCoy behind the concession stand and you can see the esteemed Daniel XII manning the projector!

This week’s offering is the first segment of the New Twilight Zone that debuted on CBS back on September 27th, 1985. Entitled ‘Shatterday’ this is one of the segments that Doug, Claymation Werewolf, Phishbon3s, and myself talked about on the 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode Podcast!

This episode was based on a short story by the legendary Harlan Ellison (A Boy and His Dog, Outer Limits) and stars Bruce Willis (Moonlighting, Die Hard) as Peter Novins a man who accidentally dials his home phone while getting sauced at a bar…to find himself or someone who claims to be himself answering the phone!
[Via] Classic Horror TV
The short story of the same name was originally published in September of 1975 in Gallery magazine, an adult themed publication. Shatterday would also be a title for a collection of Harlan Ellison’s short stories.

This episode was also shown as a single segment once the Twilight Zone reached syndication, being removed from the second segment ‘A Little Peace and Quiet’.

So please join us this evening for some Saturday Frights as we experience the horror of Shatterday!


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5 thoughts on “Saturday Frights: Twilight Zone – “Shatterday” (1985)

  1. 2020mike says:

    This was a great episode. I think the 80s Twilight Zone was severely under rated.

  2. I might be wrong 2020mike and I guess we will find out thanks to Doug’s 80s Anthology podcast but the ‘New’ Twilight Zone was scarier…more horror related in the long run than the classics. Remember it didn’t just have remakes of the original Twilight Zone episodes.

    I mean…the Elevator? That one still scares me!

  3. 2020mike says:

    You might be right in the basis that the 80s version of the Twilight Zone was a bit more horror related than the ones from the 50-60’s Vic. I attribute the change to the state of society though at the point when the “New” Twilight Zone was released. During this time I think it was trying to keep up with the current trend of slasher flicks and trying to bring that to the main stream TV screen. I am currently in the process of watching the “New” Twilight Zone series on DVD since the last time I saw them was in the 80’s, its been great so far.

  4. I agree 100% 2020Mike! Like we mentioned in Doug McCoy’s 80s Anthologies podcast, with the second segment of the first episode we have a prominent Nuclear war scenario. Heck, even the opening titles feature a Nuclear explosion! It was a show of its time. :)

  5. I agree that the 80’s Twilight Zone series is underrated. I thought those episodes were great and I still enjoy them today if I catch one. Had some good actors in them too. Didn’t quite achieve the same all-time classic status as the original in my mind but how could it. Remember the one where the Elvis impersonator went back in time and killed Elvis? For some reason that one stands out in my mind.

    Somehow I never did get into the 3rd series that came out in 2002-2003. I think partly because they had someone (Forest Whitaker) come out and personally introduce the segments just like Rod Serling used to which just served to point out that he is no Rod Serling and this was no original Twilight Zone. I loved it when Rod did it, but at this point I much preferred the bodiless narrator of the 80’s series a-la Outer Limits.

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