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Most of the treasures of Guelyland are made of paper, plastic and vinyl.Guelyland dreams with expanding in deep more then in surface. The music of Nik Kershaw has been heard here. There are apes, lots of apes in Guelyland. Woody Allen and Bob Hope visit it quite often. Here we love books (the Kingdoms Library is both celebrated and secret) Here we are atheists but very tolerant and think of god a bit too often and much. Guelyland is, the stuff my dreams are made of..."



Monday, August 17, 2009


When i was around three years old my mother and i saw a chapter of the Twilight Zone ("Little girl lost", the one with the girl falling inside the wall in her room to another dimension). She told me that, after when i was sleeping (like at two or three o'clock in the morning) she went to check me, as usual, to cover me with a blanket i use to loose while sleeping and, to her horror, i was not in my bed, she couldn't find me nowhere in my room, nowhere else. Then she gave a look at my wall. Did her little son went to the Twilight Zone? Well...I was under my bed sleeping. I still remember watching that episode. I don't remember falling from my bed.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Twilight Zone the series that run from 1959 to 1964 and in spanish was called "La Dimensión Desconocida". This year, as the many years before there are many reasons to remember Rod Serling (1924-1975) the great writer and creator of this anthology series. Personally, I am celebrating it by buying (after some years of delivery) The Twilight Zone: The complete Definitive Collection, a gargantuan 28 DVD's set (released October 3 , 2006).
Let's say just one thing about Serling. Okay? He wrote the script of Planet Of The Apes(1968) and i read the original Pierre Boulle novel so, i know how much my second favorite film of all time owns to the genius of Serling: A lot!
Star quality wise? Let's name a few of the actors that participate in the series, let me see...
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Peter Falk, Lee Marvin, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Buster Keaton, Martin Landau, Elizabeth Montgomery, Micky Rooney, Donald Pleasence, Jack Klugman, Robert Duvall, Dana Andrews, Burgess Meredith and a long who's who etcetera of gold acting talent.
It was a brave series dealing during a very tuff period about racism, civil rights and war dressed with fantasy, the supernatural and science fiction. They were in their originally (and by far best form) 156 stories.
Spielberg, Frank Darabont, Night Shyamalan, Joe Dante, John Landis and the other best directors that deal with the fantastic own to this series almost too much and they are not shy to accept it. Even now, when i write this, Leonardo di Caprio is trying to make another movie based in this legendary series, tha many consider the best moment in american television.
Rod Serling made of writers of the fantastic cool brave guys when they were just nerdy characters.
The music of the show? Two names : Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith. And i'll say no more.

My 13 year old daughter Diana is watching these days some chapters of the series and by her expression everytime a chapter finish i can say that people of all ages and times will be willing to be amazed and will jump to that fifth dimention that
we love to call: The Twilight Zone.


Alberto said...

recuerdo que en lima canal 9 tenia una serie llamada "la hora macabra", pero luego a mi me daba risa cuando escuche a los comicos ambulantes bautizar a ese espacio como "la hora mas cabra"...jajaja

Guely of Sweden said...

Esta serie, mi estimado Cuye, es la mamá de otras que la siguieron, como:
Un Paso Al Más Allá
tu mencionada, La Hora Macabra
Amazing Stories
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
The Hitchhiker
Journey to the Unknown
Galería Nocturna (que el mismo Serling presentaba pero casi no escribía)
The Outer Limits
Ray Bradbury Theatre
Tales from the Crypt
Tales from the Darkside
Créo que sólo fue presedida por Alfred Hitchcock Presenta, pero incluso el gran gordito reconoció su calidad y lo dijo más de una vez.

#167 Dad said...

Great memories!

My wife asked me to tell you her favorite episode was the one in which Roddy McDowell ended up in the pictue of the grave yard.

My favorite was the episode in which Robert Redford played death.

Great show. The best ever on American TV!

Guely of Sweden said...

The McDowell one, something to look forward! The Redford one, with the idea of death as something we should n't fear is quite unique. I can't decide about my own right now but i gonna think about a list of them, i think.

pablo said...

I didn't watch that as a kid, but vaguely remember something call (EXPECTACION! in spanish-never found out the name in english) and that was a series split in three stories per episode. Later on in my life I got to see an eposide starring Lorna Luft (Liza's sister) where a girl who was always crying was saving her tears in a little jar. Or maybe is not the same episode. I also love THE OUTER LIMITS, and ONE STEP BEYOND...

Gigi Peligro said...

tendré que buscarla

pablo said...

La hora marcada (produccion de Carmen Armendariz), Mexico, 80s, fue el jardin donde Guillermo del Toro hizo sus pininos, (entre otros), y lo que dio pie a nueva version llamada "13 miedos" a ultimas fechas...

Guely of Sweden said...

Pablo: sounds interesting that EXPECTACION one. I'm a fan of The Outer Of Limits as well even if there was a bit too much effort on showing mostly like some sort of "the monster of the week" kind of stuff. Remember a lot too Newland's "One Step Beyond" or "Un Paso Al Más Allá" as it was known in spanish. The excellent director Del Toro must has been a fan of this types of series for sure!

No sólo buscarla sinó encontrarla, Gigi! Los guiones en ingles, el lenguaje usado, es de una calidad superior a la ordinaria.

Valentín VN said...

I love this series. It was releashed when TV has something to offer.

pablo said...

Ya encontré el nombre en inglés de la serie de televisión de finales de los 70's llamada EXPECTACIÓN, se llama CLIFFHANGERS! (así, con exclamación y todo). Alguien recuerda haberla visto? En cada episodio pasaban tres historias diferentes...

Guely of Sweden said...

No lo recuerdo, pero te encontré este link más o menos completo. Me despertaste la curiosidad. Saludos!

pablo said...

Todos los recuerdos son de todos. Tus recuerdos, mis recuerdos, se unen y con ellos formamos una cadena. Tenía grabada en mi mente esa escena de la chica en la cornisa, me has hecho revivir algo que creí perdido en el laberinto de mi cerebro. Gracias!

Guely of Sweden said...

Mas allá de lo que diría Jung, el cine o, en este caso particular, la TV, forman parte de nuestra memoria colectiva. Un pasado común que saltando generaciones y naciones de algún modo nos suele reunir y hermanar a muchos, compadre.

pablo said...

Las pocas personas que recordábamos a LA SEÑORITA COMETA no nos conocíamos entre nosotros y quienes nos escuchaban hablar de ella pensaban que se trataba de un producto de nuestra imaginación. Cuando empezamos a encontrar personas que compartían esa memoria colectiva con nosotros, los recuerdos, propios y adquiridos, chispeaban como luces de bengala y todos recordamos hasta lo que no habíamos visto!! No es genial?

Guely of Sweden said...

Los pequeños cultos de la tele, cine, comics, libros o música. No queremos que todos los conozcan pero nos encanta cuando nos encontramos con secretos cófrades :)


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