Saturday Frights: Night Visions – “The Maze” And “Harmony”

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Tonight for your viewing pleasure we have an episode of the TV series Night Visions, one that until the latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode Podcast I had never heard of before. I was shocked as there is quite a bit of talent in front of and behind the camera for these two segments that make up the episode.

With the first segment entitled “The Maze” we are introduced to Susan Thornhill (Thora Birch) a shy college student that is approached by a fellow student named Wes (Luke Edwards) in attempt to get her to go out on date with him. She refuses, something that her only friend in the College gently berates her for as Susan only studies and runs around the track, she makes no effort to socialize with others and her friend is worried that someday the young woman will wake up and realize she never took a chance at anything. Susan scoffs at this and the next day while running she sees Wes approaching and decides to duck into the Garden Maze on the campus, after finding her way out of the maze however things are shockingly different. Why is the campus empty? Where is everyone? This segment also stars Amanda Plummer (The Fisher King, Pulp Fiction) and was directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem’s Lot).
Night Visions - The Maze
The second episode is “Harmony” and deals with a young man named Eli (Timothy Olyphant) who finds his car has broken down outside of the small community of Harmony. A picturesque town that is more than willing to help a stranger in need, the first person Eli meets is Lucinda (Tracy Middendorf) who makes sure that his broken down car is towed and repaired by Larry (Michael Hogan) and that he is put up at the bed and breakfast for a mere three dollars a night. There is something very odd about the town though and Eli picks up on it quick. There is no TV, no radio, and absolutely no singing or music making of any kind. Why would a town behave that way? What are they afraid of by allowing such pleasures into their lives? This episode also stars Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds, Shameless) and James Kirk (Final Destination 2, X2).
Night Visions - Harmony

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VicSage

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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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