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Rate "The Shadow Man"
10 25%  25%  [ 2 ]
9 50%  50%  [ 4 ]
8 13%  13%  [ 1 ]
7 13%  13%  [ 1 ]
6 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
5 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
4 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
3 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
2 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:42 am 
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Episode 10.1 - The Shadow Man

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Original Air Date: November 29, 1985
Stars: Jonathan Ward, Jason Presson, Michael Rich, Kathleen Coyne, Heather Haase, and Jeff Calhoun
Writer: Rockne S. O'Bannon
Director: Joe Dante

A boy's worst nightmare comes true when he meets face to face with the Shadow Man, who lives under his bed.



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10 Zones

Ominous, and cool visually and mentally.


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This was one hell of a creepy episode. Typical "you're screwed now" ending.


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Joe Dante directs this eerie story about a smart but nerdy boy who goes a little too far with his new found popularity. The Shadow Man himself is a very cool looking creation and he is quite scary. I love the opening monologue and the ending is haunting and came as quite a surprise.

My Rating: 8 - Very Good

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This was a cool episode! If I saw this as a kid, I would've been freaked out. Hell, just listening to Aidman's intro, I thought to myself "Even at my age, I shouldn't be afraid of childhood nightmares, but I can be". Typical storyline of a "nerd" getting bullied. Here, a supernatural force allows for confidence building and popularity gain, but it's taken too far. I was also surprised by the ending. Very good Zone!

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I enjoyed this one. I liked the character Shadow Man. If i remember correctly, you couldn`t see his face. It was always in the dark. Great idea.

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LoBo wrote:
I enjoyed this one. I liked the character Shadow Man. If i remember correctly, you couldn`t see his face. It was always in the dark. Great idea.



I agree, The Shadow Man character was great, very dark.

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A perfect 10 from me. Creepy and wonderfully done. The twist makes it all worthwhile too.

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It slides out from underneath a bed, a thing of darkness. What is he? What is it? It speaks with a raspy voice - "I AM the Shadow Man. And I will never harm the one under whose bed I live." Then it creeps out into the night and begins hurting kids. Aagh! This episode is aimed, it seems, at those in the 8-year to 14-year-old age bracket - designed to give the kids some shudders. This preys on the common fears of youngsters - what's underneath the bed? What is in the closet? What's in that dark corner over there?
I still admire the solid execution and style here, even though I'm well past those years.

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The tale is a parable and a morality tale, again focusing on a character with weak character traits. The story tells us that, with such traits, it's inevitable that what comes around goes around - the poetic justice climax. This episode throws in that wicked twist ending (I admit it, I really like those twist endings in TV series such as these). The twist is presented very effectively and manages to be creepy, especially if you're alone at night while watching this. I give it an 8, 9, rather.


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I'm in full agreement apart from the score. I feel the ending makes it a perfect 10. You never really see it coming depsite the obviousness once you know.

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Yeah... I'm starting to think I was too hasty in my scoring; I probably lean more towards 9 now. (Oh, well, like you or someone here wrote in a recent post, too late now).

I'm wondering if I'm less in awe of this episode because of my age. It seems like I liked it more around the time it aired or even a decade ago. I wonder if being further from the age of most of the characters - who are kids - has influenced my score now? As I get older, I find kids to be more irritating. :x


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Actually, since you only recently became a member and voted after our upgrade to 3.0 - you can revote - as can MrRSerling. ;)


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A-ha.

I can indeed change it and I did. Thanks for the intel, DrMoreau. :bow:


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I think that stories like that affect you more as a child because you can relate. Maybe not so much now but definitely when you were smaller and were worried about the man under your bed and other such nonsense :)

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Cool segment, and the Shadow man looks great, the scenes with him are very atmospheric, but even though the ending is a good twist, I feel sorry for the kid which hinders my enjoyment of it a little. 7/10


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Yeah, sad ending, yet this is the zone, it can have dark twists.

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