Twilight Zone: The Movie – WTF Happened to This Horror Movie?! (Video)

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

Just under twenty years after the iconic anthology series The Twilight Zone ended its five season run on CBS, a dream team of directors was assembled to make the anthology film TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE. Taking the helm of the segments that made up the film were Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, George Miller, and John Landis. This was all set up to be a can't miss classic… but it doesn't fully live up to the promise of those big names, and the finished film is overshadowed by a tragedy that occurred in the midst of production.

The story of TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE is the focus of the latest episode in our WTF Happened To This Horror Movie? video series, so click on the embed above to hear all about it!

Hollywood has had its fair share of historically troubled productions. Whether it was casting changes, actor deaths, fired directors, in-production rewrites, constant delays, budget cuts or studio edits, these films had every intention to be a blockbuster, but were beset with unforeseen disasters. Sometimes huge hits, sometimes box office bombs. Either way, we have to ask: WTF Happened To This Horror Movie?

In this episode we look at the troubled and deadly production of 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie. Directed in four segments by John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller, the Landis-directed chapter ("Time Out") resulted in three deaths, including actor Vic Morrow, which would bring up criminal charges for Landis and sever his friendship with Spielberg forever. It's a frightening tale set amidst a frightening tale as we explore WTF Happened to Twilight Zone: The Movie! 

If you'd like to see for yourself how it all turned out, TWILIGHT ZONE; THE MOVIE can be viewed at THIS LINK.

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Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.