APRIL MOVIE THON DAY 17: Twilight Zone: Rod Serling’s Lost Classics (1994)

Originally airing on May 19, 1994 on CBS, this made for TV movie was made up of two unproduced episodes that were found in a trunk in the Serling’s garage. The first segment, “The Theatre,” was expanded and scripted by Richard Matheson while “Where The Dead Are” was written four years after the show went off the air.

“The Theater” finds Melissa Sanders (Amy Irving) watching His Girl Friday in a repertory theater when she begins seeing scenes of the life she shares with her fiancé James (Gary Cole). At first, she thinks he’s behind it. Yet every time she watches it, she sees more, including her own death, which happens and then James relives it when he attends the very same cinema.

“Where the Dead Are” is about Dr. Benjamin Ramsey (Patrick Bergin), who has a patient who dies yet has injuries which should have killed him way earlier. This brings him to an island where Dr. Jeremy Wheaton (Jack Palance) has created a series of tissue regeneration techniques that can revive dead people. When he learns the secret of keeping the dead alive, he must struggle with ethical questions that medicine school never prepared him for.

Director Robert Markowitz mostly worked in TV and he does a decent job here. Obviously, it doesn’t get close to the original series, but it’s still nice to see two stories that could have been.

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