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!
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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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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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