The Howling Man

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  • 2.0

    a bit predictable

    By noman, Sep 19, 2014

    In the story which this is based the time is 1939 {Just prior to the outbreak of World War II}

    thus the "Howling man" has been imprisoned since 1919 {The end of World War I}

    Of course now its the maid's turn to go hunting after the howling man....

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  • 10

    this episode is a classic. in my review there are spoilers. A man narrates his story of a visit to a monastary one night in europe to a hotel maid. He leaves her with the same instructions he had, but who can resist the cry of the devil.

    By rugby5513, Feb 19, 2011

    A man narrates his story of his travles after WWI which he was forced to take refuge in a monastary because of the elements. After gathering his senses, the head of the monastary tells the man that he must leave but he convinces him that it would lead to certain death because of the weather and let's the man stay as long as he does not interfer with a "special prisoner." The man hears the prisioner howl and approaches his cell. The prisoner tells the man that the his captives are crazy and convinces him to release him from his cell. After he releases him from his cell the prisoner turns into the devil. The story he concludes as he leaves the maid and tells her not to realize the man but again she thinks that the narrator is mad.moreless

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  • 10

    This is TZ at its best.

    By aodhan51, Feb 19, 2011

    I saw this as a kid when it was first broadcast, and I was terrified. I saw it again last week and it was still spooky. It has always been my favorite episode. Like all great TZ episodes, it makes you think and scares the beejeezus out of you at the same time.

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  • 10

    Capturing Evil

    By sh811a, Jan 06, 2007

    This is another one of my favorate episode because it makes you both think and turns your blood cold in the end. What was interesting about this story was it really took on a rather phylosophical concept.

    Everything in this tale was well constructed from the gothic castle structure, the lighting and rain with it, and that howling sound that I'll admit sends a chill down my spine everytime I hear it. These things really help give the story a forboding quality and a sense of doom.

    We see a dynamic between both Brother Jerome (play brilantly by the late John Carradine), scholar David Ellington, and the Devil inbetween. David Ellington is obviously a man grounded in reality, ethical and has little belief and faith in extitencial spiritual forces beyond him and the earth. Jermone is a man from a much different world, from his clothing and custom it looks like he was from a time long gone, where beliefs in existencial spirtiual forces are real. We see David's conversations with both the Devil and Jerome. The Devil we see is disguised as some poor sod in a cage. He gives Daivid all off his facts, his story seems believable but rather unreliable, he seems to be in the dark a lot and if you notice he seem to look a different direction with his eyes sometimes when he talks as if he isn't giving all the facts. Brother Jermome though in the story is the real one telling the truth and strangely you believe him because his voice has real conviction in what he says. David's schetisms is easy to emphise with I mean if I ever see people where the clothing and look the way Brother Jermome does I might think they could be crazy, and that's part of the point in the story.

    What we see are themes of the problem with realistic modern day thinking, how clinging to what we see, hear, and touch and completely accept it we become blind to certain other truths in life that we may be unable to see, touch, and hear but it exists all the same. As well as the phylosiphical problem with evil it is an ongoing force that conninously exists and takes many forms of destruction, despite our efforts we can only stop or slow this force down but can never fully capture or destroy it, it is a part of life that refuses to be denied.

    David's sceptism of course is his undoing and comes down to probably one of the most chilling moments in the Twilight Zone when we see a gradual transformation the devil in full form and realize from the characters eyes and physical features that David has truely released a force of evil.

    And the ending gives us chills because despite David's sucessful efforts they gain him only brief victory because we see his housekeeper also falls victim to sceptism.

    They say that the cruelist trick the Devil pulled was to say he does not exist, and then he suddenly disapeared never to be seen by the human eye.moreless

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