Hey friends! The latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode is up for your listening pleasure and this time fellow Retroist writer Doug McCoy has invited a very special guest to the podcast, The Retroist himself! Doug, The Retroist, and I join friends to the site Claymation Werewolf, and Phishbon3s as we discuss the 10th episode of the 1985 Twilight Zone series.
We have three segments to review this time and for this podcast we discuss the segments in reverse. We have “Opening Day”, “The Uncle Devil Show”, and “The Shadow Man”.
Though things look like it is the life of Riley for wealthy Sally (Elan Oberon) and her husband Carl Wilkerson (Jeffrey Jones) when we are introduced to Joe Farrell (Martin Kove) we find that a murder is being planned. Sally and Joe are having an affair and a bloody plan is revealed that will take place on Opening Day of duck season. Joe is Carl’s best friend and though he is having second thoughts about dispatching Carl, he wants Sally and their fortune even more. The question is what truly happens when he gets what he wants?
“The Uncle Devil Show”
Joey (Gregory Mier) is like many other children a huge fan of the VHS tape series Tim Ferret and Friends though he seems quite a bit more interested in the live-action segments featuring Uncle Devil (Murphy Dunne) who gives all the children life advice such as eating all of the sugar you can and how to practice dark magic. Sadly for Joey’s Dad (Joel Polis) and Mom (Wendy Phillips) they are too busy talking amongst themselves to pay notice to what manner of mutations and transformations their child is invoking. Is it too late for them though, is there no way back to normality?
“The Shadow Man”
Young Danny Hayes (Jonathan Ward) only wishes to obtain a few things in his life:
1) A way to somehow woo Lianna Ames (Heather Haase), the girl of his dreams.
2) Avoid being picked on by school bully and Lianna’s boyfriend, Eric (Jason Presson).
3) Continue to sleep with his TV or radio on as he isn’t comfortable in the dark.
On the night his Mother forces him to turn off all the lights in the room he makes acquaintances with The Shadow Man, a being that lives underneath his bed and is forced to never harm the person whose bed it lives under. Even though there are numerous reports of a shadowy figure assaulting kids in the neighborhood, Danny finds a new sense of importance as he has nothing to fear from the Shadow Man. But when the young man begins to obtain those things in life he so desperately wanted he begins to change and not for the better. As the Retroist himself mentions on the podcast, the Twilight Zone has always favored the meek and punishes the wicked. Will the 80s Twilight Zone continue to disregard that pattern?
So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post or drop by the McCoyCast Site or iTunes and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let us know if you agree or disagree with our decisions on the merit of each segment?