7 Best Twist Endings from The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone has had a remarkable impact on the popular culture at large for any show, let alone a show that premiered sixty years ago this year. Even head honcho Rod Serling probably did not imagine his anthology series of entertaining and shocking parables would be such a lasting force. The Twilight Zone‘s influence can be felt far and wide. The original series has inspired three reboots, one in 1985, one in 2002, and one this year, hosted by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele, Get Out and Us. It inspired an anthology film in which Steven Spielberg, John Landis and two then-unknowns Joe Dante and George Miller put their own spin on a classic episode of the show for the silver screen. It helped launch the careers of Dante—who would go on to make the Gremlins movies and The ‘Burbs—and Miller—the mastermind behind the high-adrenaline world of Mad Max.
The Twilight Zone even inspired a theme park ride. The accelerated drop tower dark ride takes place in the elevator of a haunted hotel and makes use of the Pepper’s ghost technique to vividly bring the show’s classic intro to life. The British anthology series Black Mirror was also clearly influenced by The Twilight Zone. Each episode draws some sort of lesson from stories of technology gone haywire as an—usually insufficient—way of wrestling with our increasingly digital world. None of these things would exist without the original series. Now seems to be as good a time as ever to look back upon our favorite twists from the seminal show itself.
Here are the seven best twists of the original Twilight Zone series. Do you agree with our list? Be sure to check out our slideshow and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!