Saturday Frights – The New Twilight Zone: A Little Peace And Quiet (1985)

Welcome back to another installment of Saturday Frights! Tonight for your enjoyment we have the second entry from the first episode of the New Twilight Zone series from back in 1985. Entitled ‘A Little Peace and Quiet’ it concerns Penny (Melinda Dillon), a harried housewife who must contend with everything that her Family and a modern life continuously throws at her. That is until one day while she is gardening she discovers a buried box with a curious timepiece that as she later learns gives her the ability to stop time at will.

Melinda Dillon, who Retroist fans will recognize from her roles in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Harry and the Hendersons and A Christmas Story, does a fantastic job of playing the put upon Penny but to be blunt she isn’t a 100% likeable character. I found with this episode more so than the other offerings from the 1980’s Twilight Zone series that an excellent morality tale was delivered. I won’t spoil anything but let us say that Penny didn’t learn her life lessons from the mistake of Peter Parker, she obviously doesn’t believe “with great power comes great responsibility” and she suffers for it.

This episode was directed by Wes Craven (The Last House on the Left, Nightmare on Elm Street) and is a powerful episode. When this originally aired in 1985 I can recall our Civics teachers discussing it in class the next school day and it would appear that I wasn’t the only student shaken by the final images.

So turn out the lights, grab your favorite comfort food, and enjoy Saturday Frights with The New Twilight Zone’s ‘A Little Peace and Quiet’!
[Via] Classic Horror TV

Thanks as always to the ever impressive Sean Hartter for the awesome artwork you see up top. Check out his blog when you have the chance!


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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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