Series: Night Visions

Night Visions is a Twilight Zone-esque horror anthology series that ran for 13 episodes in 2001. Each episode features two half-hour stories, generally with a Twist Ending. Henry Rollins introduces each story and provides some kind of Aesop at the end.

Provides examples of:

  • Acquitted Too Late: "Neighborhood Watch" ends with Mr. and Mrs. Osgood learning that the police misidentified the address of the child molester and that the new neighborhood was innocent.
  • Adult Fear: "Neighborhood Watch" runs on it.
  • An Aesop: Delivered in no uncertain terms at the end of each episode. Almost always questionable, broken or just outright weird.
  • And I Must Scream: In "Switch," a woman seeing a psychiatrist to find her alternate personality and eliminate it found that she WAS the alternate, created by her child-like real self after her parents died when she was five. The real twist? She murdered them. The episode ended with this woman — trapped in her mind, unable to speak, and unable to move — totally encased in eight big hollow bricks that spelled out "ETERNITY," with holes only for her forearms.
    • The three teenagers in "Rest stop" were all forced to drink a cold liquid that freezes inside their bodies while they are literally torn apart by their kidnappers for their own body-parts. They are still alive while this all happens.
  • The Aloner: Thora Birch (at first) in "The Maze."
  • Amazing Freaking Grace: In "Harmony," the residents of a town recite "Amazing Grace" because they think music summons a monster. When a stranger convinces them that music is safe, they sing instead.
  • Asshole Victim: Seen occasionally, hence the Aesops.
  • Cruel Twist Ending
  • Diabolus Ex Machina
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: the ending of "Voices" Everybody lives.
  • Empathic Healer: "Now He's Coming Up the Stairs" stars Luke Perry as a psychotherapist with the ability to absorb his patients' mental disorders.
  • Every Episode Ending: Each episode ends with some sort of quip, one-liner, or Broken or Family-Unfriendly Aesop by Henry Rollins.
  • False Innocence Trick: "Cargo" deals with a crewman on a cargo ship who finds that one of the containers is carrying what seem to be stowaways who have the misfortune of being locked in with a man-eating monster. The twist is that the people in the container are cannibalistic assassins who are being imported for use by the Russian mafia, and that the crewman's superior officers are being paid to transport them. Things do not end well for the crewman.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: "The Maze."
  • Haunted Technology: "Used Car."
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The seemingly helpless stowaways in "Cargo."
  • Karmic Twist Ending
  • Made-for-TV Movie: Four unaired episodes — "Patterns," "The Maze," "Harmony," and "Voices" — were edited into a movie, Shadow Realm, minus the introductions and aesops by Henry Rollins.
  • Madness Mantra: In "Now He's Coming Up the Stairs":
    "Now he's coming through the woods, now he's coming through the yard, now he's coming up the stairs..."
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The protagonist in 'Now he's coming up the stairs" ends up insane because he adsorbed a little boy's insanity. In "Cargo", the protagonist ends up Eaten Alive, because he wanted to the seemly harmless stowaways in the ship.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In every episode
  • Pædo Hunt: In Neighborhood Watch, based around a town's residents turning vigilante when they are informed that a convicted child abuser has been released into the community.
  • Red Herring: Ben in Quiet Please. The episode arguably suffers because there are only two characters, and his status as the Red Herring is obvious, making the killer's identity equally obvious.
  • Secret Test of Character: A possible interpretation of Bitter Harvest. The antagonist (arguably not a villain) passes up numerous chances to punish the Villain Protagonist. Punishment is finally delivered only after the protagonist not only fails to learn a lesson but outright condemns the antagonist for showing forgiveness. The ending could be seen as Old Man Jennings telling Shane "ok, we'll play by your rules."
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: The ending of Rest Stop
  • Tomato in the Mirror: "My So-Called Life and Death" ends with the main character realizing that the man she thought was a ghost is actually alive, and it's her and her family who are dead.
    • Also seen in "Switch", where the woman who is seeing a therapist to get rid of alternate personalities realizes she herself is one of the alternate personalities.
    • "The Occupant" is another example: the main character, a woman who fears someone is living in her house, turns out to be the insane ex-wife of the house's former owner, who sold it to another woman. As the real intruder is driven away by the police, she stares at the house's actual occupant, commenting that "she must be crazy..."
  • Town with a Dark Secret: "Neighborhood Watch" and "Harmony."
  • Unwanted Revival: In "After Life," a man who revives during his own funeral misses the perfect, beautiful heaven he had moved on to. But it turns out after he dies again that his "perfect heaven" was just a stained glass window above his coffin at the funeral parlor.