->''"You're travelling through another dimension. A dimension, not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone."''

An AnthologyFilm based on ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' [[TheFilmOfTheSeries television series]], released in 1983. It follows the show's anthology format by presenting four segments based on its episodes, which are directed by four different directors.

# "Prologue" (Directed by Creator/JohnLandis): Two men discuss old television shows.
# "Time Out" (Directed by Creator/JohnLandis): A bigot is taught a fantastic lesson as he finds himself traveling through time and hunted down for being a minority (a Jew in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, a black man living in the DeepSouth during the 1950's, and a Vietnamese man during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar)
# "Kick the Can" (Directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg): A mysterious man arrives at a retirement home and shows its inhabitants how to be young again.
# "Literature/ItsAGoodLife" (Directed by Creator/JoeDante): A woman meets a young boy who has a very special power, which he uses to hold his family in a grip of terror.
# "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" / "Epilogue" (Directed by George Miller): A man who is scared of flying finds out that the plane he is in is being sabotaged by a gremlin.

This film became infamous for a ghastly accident that took the life of Vic Morrow and two child actors. The script for "Time Out" called for a scene in which Morrow's character is supposed to be carrying two Vietnamese children across a river to safety during an American bombing raid in Vietnam. Director John Landis was shooting late at night, violating child labor laws, and ignoring the helicopter pilot's concerns about flying so close to the ground and so close to explosive detonations. The cameras rolled anyway, and the explosive charges meant to simulate bombs caused the helicopter to crash, crushing one child under its landing skid and decapitating Morrow and the other child. Landis was later tried and acquitted on charges of involuntary manslaughter.

!!The tropes covering the film as a whole:

* RemakeCameo:
** Burgess Meredith, who starred in four episodes of the series, including the all-time classic "Time Enough at Last", is the {{Narrator}} of the film.
** Creator/RodSerling's wife Carol has a cameo as an airline passenger in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."
** Bill Mumy, who played the creepy omnipotent boy in the original episode "It's a Good Life", plays a diner patron in this film's adaptation.

* [[DuelingMovies Dueling TV Shows]] / [[invoked]] MythologyGag: The segment references many episodes of the series and the characters involved debate if "A Kind of Stopwatch" was a ''Zone'' or an ''[[Series/TheOuterLimits Outer Limits]]''.
* LightmareFuel: "You wanna see something ''really'' scary?"
* NightmareFace
* RecursiveCanon: Played with, as the characters discuss the old TV series before a TwistEnding reveals they're ''in'' the Zone. Granted, if any franchise was tailor-made to mess around with this stuff, this one's it!

!!"Time Out"
* AbortedArc: [[FatalMethodActing Vic Morrow's death]] changed the segment's ending from "protagonist goes back to his time learning his lesson" into [[DownerEnding "protagonist goes back to the 1940s and is sent to a concentration camp"]].
* CallBack[=/=]ShoutOut: The [=GIs=] who are lost in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar part argue if thy should have fragged Niedermeyer, calling back to Landis's ''Film/AnimalHouse''.
* ColorMeBlack: Bill finds himself placed in the fates of various oppressed minorities.
* LanguageBarrier: Bill, when he is sent back in time to UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and questioned in German.
* OneCharacterMultipleLives: the main character is shuttled back and forth in time to live lives as a black, Jewish, and Asian person.
* [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Politically Incorrect Protagonist]][=/=]VillainProtagonist: Bill.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: See AbortedArc above.

!!"Kick the Can"
* GameShowAppearance: Brief clips from the April 24, 1974 episode of the original ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' appear during the segment.
* MagicalNegro: Mr. Bloom.
* RealityEnsues: After the elderly people become young they wonder who will take care of them now and what they'll do now that they're kids, so all but one decide to just go back to being old again. The original episode left it more open-ended but we were left to assume the magic only works one-way.

!!"It's a Good Life"
* EldritchLocation: Anthony's house looks normal (even though it's based on a subtle cartoon design), its upper floor is gray and very Creator/TimBurton-esque with a portrait of a family of blank faces. According to Ethel, that's his ''real'' family.
* GiantEyeOfDoom: Helen meets one when she tries to leave the house.
* HairRaisingHare: Anthony asks his uncle to [[PullARabbitOutOfMyHat pull a rabbit out of a hat]] as a magic trick, then the rabbit turns into a hairless, hulking, snarling monstrosity before it goes back into the hat.
* ObliviouslyEvil: Anthony wants to be a good little boy, but his "family" is so terrified of him that they don't set any limits on his actions.
* RealityWarper: Anthony.
* ToonTown and ToonPhysics: Anthony brings a cartoon character to terrorize the characters.
* TrappedInTVLand: Anthony sends his sister into a cartoon world to be eaten.
* WipeThatSmileOffYourFace: Anthony did this to his other sister.

!!"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" / Epilogue
* BittersweetEnding: Valentine saves the plane from being destroyed, but he's hauled away as a crazy person in an ambulance, and the at-best mildly-inconvenienced gremlin is still flying around up there somewhere..
* BookEnds: The ambulance that Valentine is placed in is driven by the hitchhiker from the prologue, who asks him if he "wants to see something really scary".
* EyePop: When Valentine removes the cover from his window, the gremlin is behind it, which makes him do this briefly.
* ForTheEvulz: Strongly implied to be the "reason" for the gremlin's attack. When it sees it has a single witness, it starts ''showing off'', just for ''him''.
* GracefulLoser: Realizing that its window of opportunity to drop the plane is closed, the gremlin grins and [[FingerWag wags its finger]] at Valentine before flying away.
* GripingAboutGremlins: The villain of the piece, obviously.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Though "friend" is probably the last word that Valentine would use.