Spotty, even by the standards of an anthology film, since each director has a radically different conception of the tone, style and aesthetics of Twilight Zone. Dante's segment, though, is brilliant, inflected with the physics and psyche of cartoons. With a dark and zany sense of humor, he shows the perils of spectatorship without moral digestion: hamburgers and peanut butter without nutrients, so to speak.
Dante and Miller's episodes are by very very very very the best parts of this film, fast and funny and scary in the best way. Landis & Spielberg's sections are pretty dull stuff, with the "Kick The Can" section can be seen as the first real danger sign that Spielberg was going to just go for the sugar at all costs.
Joe Dante's episode premediates the rise of Trump like few other directors: he somehow predicted that the 45th is a 6-year old psychopath who can do terrible things to people. He surrounds himself with sycophants, in a big, white house. Reality is always a step ahead of fantasy.
John Landis directs the best of the segments, arguably the best not just for it's great ideas but because when you realise that the rest of the segments are just high budget remakes of Twilight Zone episodes the film becomes a bit tedious. Spielberg's segment is definitely the worst although Scatman Crothers is fantastic as always. Dante's segment is very good but I haven't seen the episode it's based on...
Quatre "courts métrages" fantastiques réalisés par les metteurs en scène les plus en vogue en 1983 dans ce domaine frissonnant, issus dans l'idée et la forme de la merveilleuse série télévisée "The Twilight Zone", font de ce film une réussite disparate, mais honorable dans son ensemble ..... www.cinefiches.com
Dante's zany and visually arresting cartoon segment and Miller's energetic and genuinely scary plane segment are the two that make the film worth seeing and steal the show. Landis's segment is ok but dull, and Spielberg's is just his usual sentimental sugar coated shit and therefore completely disposable. I haven't seen the tv show yet (I know, I know...), so I can't say anything about how the film compares with it.