For our latest Saturday Frights Podcast offering we tackle the rather memorable 1985 segment of the new Twilight Zone entitled The Shadow Man. As I discuss in the episode itself, much like when the series originally debuted on CBS television back on September 27th, 1985 – I felt that much had changed in the 21 years since the original show went off the air. Overall this new version of the Twilight Zone was a little darker and in my opinion quite a bit meaner than the vision that Rod Serling had for the 1959-1964 TV series. However that doesn’t mean that I disliked the show completely – just that I felt it was different from the show I came to cherish – that I still believe is one of the best TV shows of all time. Make no mistake about it, there were some excellent offerings from this new Twilight Zone series with The Shadow Man being one of the best!
Of course it kind of helps that The Shadow Man had a script by Alien Nation‘s Rockne S. O’Bannon and was directed by none other than Joe Dante. By the time the Director turned in his segment for the new Twilight Zone – it was just a little over a year since Gremlins had swept the box office and Explorers had come out back in July of ’85. And with The Shadow Man having a nice mixture of humor and some legitimate scares – I can’t think of a better Director than Dante to have tackled it. He is hands down one of my favorite Directors and I as mention in the show itself- he got his start with Roger Corman – in fact there is a great interview from SyFy Wire where Dante shares one of the greatest pieces of advice he received from Corman about being a Director.
The Projectionist and myself have injected a few vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure – a little bit from the Twilight Zone segment itself plus the trailer for a horror masterpiece that Dante directed in 1981. The Shadow Man featured a wonderful cast of young actors and their performances certainly helped the segment – Jonathan Ward of Mac and Me, Explorers‘ Jason Presson, and Heather Haase from Iron Eagle. If you have already had the pleasure of seeing The Shadow Man for yourself – it might not surprise you too much to learn that the titular character’s design was in fact based on the pulp icon The Shadow.
In addition on this episode we are joined by Rockford Jay – who has some thoughts on another episode of 1985’s Twilight Zone series, another well known offering entitled The Elevator.
So come pay a visit to the depths of the Vault as the Projectionist and myself discuss 1985’s The Shadow Man!
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