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Recap / The Outer Limits 1995 S 1 E 20 If These Walls Could Talk

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The Control Voice: Ghosts. Haunted houses. Many maintain that such concepts have no place in our computerized twentieth century reality. But until man conquers death, one inevitable question will always linger within the recesses of the human mind: What lies beyond?

A woman whose son disappeared asks a supernatural debunker to investigate a seemingly haunted house where her son was last seen.

The Control Voice: What lies beyond? For each of us, the answer awaits at the end of life's journey. Until then, we must live with the ghosts that dwell, not in some musty basement, but within the recesses of the human soul.

If These Tropes Could Talk:

  • Agent Scully: The physicist Dr. Leviticus Mitchell is a debunker of the paranormal who is presented with evidence of its existence in the form of a house which absorbs people.
  • Genius Loci: This episode has a mansion that would eat unsuspecting people. Since the story was partially based on Who Goes There?, alcohol was like acid to it.
  • Living Structure Monster: The house, which turns out to be alive rather than haunted.
  • Sapient House: An Alien Kudzu lifeform that crashed down on Earth has been slowly overgrowing an abandoned mansion, effectively becoming a living house in the process. It eats people by absorbing their biomass into itself.
  • Treacherous Spirit Chase: The main plot concerns a house "infected" by an alien substance. Not only does the house absorb people into its structure, it's able to regurgitate Doppelgangers of those people to lure in their friends and loved ones when they come searching for answers.

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