Twilight Zone Episode 157: Planet of the Apes


Length: 24 minutes
Director: Roger Alford

Planet of the Apes "re-imagined" as an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, also co-wrote the screenplay for Planet of the Apes. Which is why the movie plays like a two-hour episode of the show, complete with social commentary and shock ending.

Thanks to digital video editing, I was able to re-edit the movie as an episode of the show. Opening narration comes from the episode "Elegy." Closing narration comes from "The Shelter."

You can read the full "making of" story at Planet of the Apes: The Forbidden Zone.



"What great fun! Serling's voice and outlook come through splendidly and the story genuinely plays like a TWILIGHT ZONE episode. The style of acting, shot composition, music, everything fits the style of the ZONE, and it's even got a timely message. There were always only 156 episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE... now you can say there are 157."
-- Marc Scott Zicree, author of THE TWILIGHT ZONE COMPANION

"*Extremely* well done. I'm pretty floored. It really is a perfect fit."
-- Gerry, posted on BoingBoing.net

brilliant idea that is nearly flawless in both concept and realization.
-- FilmGuru.net

"...Superbly imagined..."
-- Jim Heid's Macintosh Digital Hub Site

"Very well done. It was like watching Twilight Zone and being in the Twilight Zone at the same time."
-- Holoaddict, posted on TrekBBS.com

"...Pure genius and culture blending at its finest."
-- SocialPest.com

"Astoundingly good."
-- The Morning News

-- Posted by Jim on Listology.com

"One of the cooler things Iíve seen in a while..."
-- Mark, BrainWagon.org