The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 9

Perchance to Dream

Aired Unknown Nov 27, 1959 on CBS

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  • Scary and fun, with a trippy homage to the American carnival.

    Long before Freddy Krueger, The Twilight Zone brought us the beautiful, voluptuous, and deadly "Maya," a charactor in a man's dream determined to literally scare him to death. "Perchance to Dream" plays like a carnival dark ride, full of cheesey fun, nightmarish imagery, and low-rent thrills and chills. Richard Conte plays Edward Hall, a man terrified to fall asleep lest the exotically seductive Maya take him away in his dreams to a place that will cause his weak heart to fail. It's a story perfect for The Twilight Zone, helped by the series' low budget, black and white cinematography, and make-do special effects. It plays like German Expressionism done with a distinctly 1950's rural American vibe. Highly recommended!