Saturday Frights: Twilight Zone – The Shelter (1961)

Hello, dear viewers. I have told you all before that Rod Serling’s the Twilight Zone was one of the very few episodic television broadcasts I allowed myself the luxury of free time to watch. Thanks to the little television in the manager’s office at the Haunted Drive-In…a gift from the former manager.

In the rather sleepy little town of Haddonfield when this episode known as ‘The Shelter’ aired on 29th of September, 1961 it caused all manner of distress. The reason being is that Rod Serling who was the writer for this chilling episode and Lamont Johnson who directed it were bold enough to hold up a mirror to reveal how good neighbors would really react in an impending apocalyptic scenario.

So let me take your tickets and usher you into Auditorium 6 for a shocking episode of the Twilight Zone that sadly has nothing to do with the supernatural, just what we are when we strip away the guise of civility. Heh, heh.

(The Projectionist wasn’t kidding about the uproar of this episode, in fact I had already shared a radio interview between Hogan’s Heroes’ Bob Crane and Rod Serling.)

The Projectionist

Lurking in the bowels of the Retroist Vault, the Projectionist comforts himself with the dreams of celluloid glory of days gone by. With his assistant, Daniel XIII, in the quiet time of the night he serves as host in what has been dubbed the Haunted Drive-In. Bringing films to the entertainment starved masses the Haunted Drive-In projector roars to life and shines brightly once again...

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