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Night Visions is a The 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.


This series 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 neighbor was innocent.
  • Adult Fear: "Neighborhood Watch" deals with a possible child molester.
  • All Just a Dream: The pilot episode, "The Passenger List", ends with the main character, an airplane crash investigator, waking up onboard a plane. It turns out that various aspects from his dream were taken from his surroundings, such as a grieving woman in the dream looking like the passenger seated next to him, a book he found in a plane wreckage was actually one that someone else was reading, etc. Then the plane crashes for real and he and everyone onboard are killed.
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  • 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 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. And then it turns out a monster is summoned when there's music. Said monster eats everyone.
  • Asshole Victim: Seen occasionally, hence the Aesops.
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    • The radio shock jock from "Dead Air" especially qualifies.
      Rollins: For all you pains in the asses out there, remember: you can only irritate so many people before you piss off the wrong one.
  • Came Back Wrong: In "Afterlife", a middle-aged man comes back from the dead during his funeral. He becomes convinced that he visited Heaven and that life on Earth is just a transitory prison of rotting human flesh. He eventually tries to force his beloved daughter into a suicide pact so they can be Together in Death. Too bad for him the idyllic afterlife he remembers was just about the stained glass window above his coffin in the funeral parlor, which would have been the very first thing his traumatized, fogged mind would see when he revived.
  • Cat Scare: Used in "The Maze" with a white cat.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: Many of the stories have this. The only notable exceptions are "Dead Air" and "Voices".
  • Dead All Along: The entire family from "My-So-Called Life and Death".
  • Diabolus ex Machina: A few episodes have this.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The ending of "Voices". The main character manages to talk down the narcotics detective from killing her by telling him that it's not his fault his little brother got shot. He turns himself in and the protagonist comes out alive.
  • Empathic Healer: "Now He's Coming Up the Stairs" stars Luke Perry as a psychotherapist with the ability to absorb his patients' mental disorders.
  • Enfant Terrible: The ending of "Switch" reveals the main character killed her own mother with her father's gun when she was ten and had the blame pinned to said father. She felt no remorse for it.
  • Every Episode Ending: Each episode ends with some sort of quip, one-liner, or Broken or Family-Unfriendly Aesop by Henry Rollins.
  • Eye Scream: The series' intro title is a needle falling onto someone's exposed eye, but stopping just before the impact to flash forward through the upcoming stories.
    • The main character in "Darkness" ends up burning out his retinas with a powerful UV light while trying to kill one of the living shadow that put itself on his face.
  • 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 heroine of "The Maze".
  • Haunted House: "Renovation" has a newlywed couple move into a home that had a homicide-suicide 30 years ago. The victim's ghosts are still in the house much to the husband's horror. As it turns out, those ghosts are the husband's parents.
  • Haunted Technology: "Used Car".
  • Human Resources: This becomes the fate of a group of unfortunate travelers in "Rest Stop". It turns out that the rest stop in the woods is a trap by the xenophobic locals to capture and kill people so they can make artifacts out of their hair, skin, and teeth.
    "You may have no use for us...but we definitely have use for you."
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • The seemingly helpless stowaways in "Cargo".
    • The inhabitants in the spatial anomaly in "A View Through A Window"... if they're even human at all.
  • Karmic Twist Ending: While many are of the Cruel Twist variety, some fall under this category.
  • Living Shadow: The antagonists in "Darkness". It's not fully explained what they are, but the executor of the estate seems to believe they're some sort of manifestation of the hatred the town holds towards the cruel owners of the mansion.
  • 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..."
  • Monstrous Humanoid: The inhabitants of the otherworldly farm in "A View Through A Window". They look perfectly human... until they unhinge their jaws, revealing massive, pointed shark-like teeth.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:
    • The protagonist in "Now He's Coming Up the Stairs" ends up insane because he absorbed a little boy's insanity.
    • In "Cargo", the protagonist ends up Eaten Alive, because he wanted to help the seemingly harmless stowaways in the ship.
  • Off with His Head!: The fate of the protagonist in "Cargo".
  • 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.
  • Psychic Link: In "Voices", Sandra tries an experimental treatment to bring her hearing back, but it doesn't work. Instead, she develops a psychic one-way link with Bruce, a narcotics detective who's hiding secrets.
  • Red Herring: Ben in "Quiet Please". The episode arguably suffers because there are only three characters, and his status as the Red Herring is rather obvious, making the killer's identity equally obvious.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Happens in "Bitter Harvest". Shane cost Old Man Jennings his arms, so Jennings curses his horse to give birth to a limbless foal. It's hinted that the same might befall his unborn sibling as well.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The plot of "The Bokor" has a quartet of medical students perform an autopsy on a man with a tattoo on his forehead. One of the students recognizes the tattoo, explaining that he's a voodoo priest known as a Bokor. The tattoo not only symbolizes his role, but is there to seal his evil power. Once they cut it, he's unleashed and wreaks havoc on them. Except it was all an act planned by two students to kill the other two.
  • 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 "okay, we'll play by your rules."
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: The ending of "Rest Stop" involves the college kids tied down, only to have their own body parts recycled by a crazy cult.
  • Super OCD: In "Patterns", Malcolm McDowell plays a man that obsessively does number-related rituals (i.e. patting himself in certain places, flicking behind his ear a certain number of times). He believes that if he stops, the world will unravel. And it turns out that he's right.
  • Surprise Creepy: The ending to "A View Through A Window", which is played a lot like The Twilight Zone's more heartwarming episodes... right up until the main character manages to enter the idyllic world inside the anomaly, and meets the woman he's been fawning over. They kiss... Then she proceeds to tear out his throat, quickly joined by her children. Turns out the inhabitants of that world LOOK human, but are anything but.
  • 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 she and her family who are dead.
    • In "Switch", the woman who is seeing a therapist to get rid of alternate personalities realizes she herself is one of the alternate personalities.
    • In "The Occupant", 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..."
  • Tongue Trauma: The end of "Quiet Please" has a chopped tongue in a pickled jar. It's Ben's tongue.
  • 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 idea of a "perfect heaven" was just a stained glass window above his coffin at the funeral parlor.

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