Horror on TV: The Twilight Zone 5.3 “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”


Wow. It’s hard to believe that is going to be my final televised horror of the year. (Though I imagine this feature will return in October of 2016 — just in time for election season!) Well, let’s get right to it!

For our final televised horror, I have selected a classic episode of The Twilight Zone. In Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, William Shatner is a man who, though being scared of flying, finds himself on an airplane. And guess what he sees out on the wing?

This episode was written by one of Arleigh’s favorite writers, the great Richard Matheson. It was directed by Richard Donner and originally aired on October 11th, 1963.

Enjoy Nightmare at 20,000 Feet! And here’s hoping that all of our readers have had a wonderful, safe, and happy Halloween!

4 responses to “Horror on TV: The Twilight Zone 5.3 “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

  1. I hope everyone at the site had a great Halloween.

    I haven’t had much time to keep up with things for the past few months. I moved to West Des Moines, IA (!) in August to start a new job, which has been a much more complicated process than I had anticipated. But I’ve seen you’ve acquired some excellent new contributors to your team.

    It looks like you did a great job with your October horror feature, an occurrence which always enhances my enjoyment of this season which i clearly will never outgrow. I haven’t been able to check out every post, but I will keep all of the e-mail notifications for the month, and visit the posts later, as there is no wrong time for good horror.

    With that in mind, and with appreciation for the classic episode of the Twilight Zone posted here, I thought I would provide a link to the retelling of this story presented in the 1983 Twilight Zone movie. After watching the original again last night,I was inspired to track it down.

    This is one of the relatively few times in which a remake of a classic justifies itself. With John Lithgow’s great performance, some modification to the story details, and an appropriately and effectively updated, creepier gremlin, this cinematic version is as much fun as the original. If you like the original, you will likely find this a worthwhile watch.


    Happy late Halloween.

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  2. I’m sure I will.

    So i won’t likely be able to meet you at the Inner Harbor during one of your Baltimore visits in the near future, but if you ever make it to West Des Moines (which, from what I’m being told to expect as winter sets in, I would recommend you do during the summer), feel free to shoot me an e-mail. Seems to be a relatively quiet city, but there is a surprising amount of stuff going on in around the area, and the image of the Midwestern people has been very much validated in my experiences thus far.

    Really glad you all are still going strong. You have been especially prolific of late. Whether it is a vocation or avocation for you, you should certainly keep writing. You do it so well.

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  3. How could any downvote this classic episode of The Twilight Zone? Well, the answer is simple. Someone is upset because I gave the Leisure Class a negative review. Hopefully, that person will watch more Twilight Zone in the future and realize the huge mistake that she or he just made. Peace be with you.

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