Amazing Stories: The Amazing Falsworth

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If I recall correctly, Amazing Stories aired at 8 p.m. on Sundays. This certainly was not the timeslot for a tale about a serial killer (two brutal strangulation murders are shown in the opening minutes), but here it was in all its fantastic noir glory.

Gregory Hines and Richard Masur do an admirable job of keeping up the fright factor with the final clash reminding me of something out of The Sopranos. 9/10

Amazing Stories: The Mission

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Despite the presence of Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Costner, this starts off like 1980s dude-bros doing the bare minimum to LARP as WWII bomber crew members. Luckily once the attack happens the pacing and editing liven things up to make it a worthy episode. This was one that I remember seeing as a kid and occasionally themes from this episode pop up in nightmares, namely being a trapped belly gunner under a plane with no wheels.

On this more recent watch, I viewed it as the belly gunner not surviving, but forcing himself into a dreamlike state just before he meets his demise under the weight of the bomber. Or perhaps he is being welcomed into an afterlife of some sort. 8/10

Amazing Stories: The Main Attraction

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It’s almost if the producers said “Hmmm…the production values are going to be great…let’s just hand off the script to the janitor’s retarded son. It’s the ’80s! Nobody will care!”

Oh there is no interpretation to be had. It only slightly redeems itself with some decent slapstick and Rube from ‘Major League 2’ is in it. 3/10

Amazing Stories: Ghost Train

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In 1985, Steven Spielberg launched his own version of “The Twilight Zone” television series with “Amazing Stories”. It lasted two seasons and is now a mostly forgotten relic of the 1980s. To break things up a bit on my Twilight Zone binge, I’m going to give some interpretations of these episodes.

This is what happens after the old man in “Home Alone” reunites with his family. They move him away from Chicago and to a place that traumatized him as a kid. While the suburban Chicago neighborhood tales of this man murdering people were indeed false, people did find him goosestepping in the yard and having too much interest in trains. The meds he was on did subdue him enough to allow him to wander aimlessly salting sidewalks, but his son was an idiot and forgot to have his father’s prescriptions transfered. This resulted in delusions and a quick death upon arrival to the new house. 0/10