Nightmare At 20,000 Feet is possibly the most popular episode of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling's hit sci-fi/fantasy anthology series. It's one of my favorites and so I began to wonder, why has it come to haunt its fans and viewers? Is it the implications about our own fragile mental health? Or what about the various phobias like aviophobia, acrophobia, and agoraphobia?
This week's Darkology is about Bob Wilson, a man who grapples between sanity and insanity while aboard a plane flying through a lightning storm.
About The Episode: "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is episode 123 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone, based on the short story of the same name by Richard Matheson, first published in Alone by Night (1961). It originally aired on October 11, 1963. It is one of the most well-known and frequently referenced episodes of the series. The story follows the only passenger on an airline flight to notice a hideous creature lurking outside the plane.
Plot (SPOILERS): While traveling by airliner, Bob Wilson thinks he sees a gremlin on the wing. Bob tries to alert his wife and the flight crew to the gremlin's presence, but every time someone else looks out of the window, the gremlin hides itself near the engine, so Bob's claim seems outlandish. Bob himself admits the oddity of the gremlin avoiding everyone else's sight but not his. His credibility is further strained by the fact that this is his first flight since a nervous breakdown six months earlier, which also occurred on an aircraft. Bob realizes that his wife is starting to think he needs to go back to the sanitarium, but his bigger concern is that the gremlin is tinkering with the wiring under one of the engine cowlings, which could cause the aircraft to lose the engine and crash.
In response to his repeated attempts to raise an alarm about the gremlin, the crew gives Bob a sedative to stop him from being a disturbance. Bob obediently downs it with water but does not swallow, and secretly spits it out. He then steals a sleeping police officer's revolver, straps himself in to avoid being blown out of the aircraft, and opens the emergency exit door to shoot the gremlin. Once the airliner has landed, everyone believes that he has gone insane. As Bob is whisked away in a straitjacket, he tells his wife that he is alone in his knowledge of what happened during the flight. However, the final shot reveals conspicuous damage to the aircraft's wing, caused by the gremlin.
Blue Lavasix is a channel dedicated to exploring the darker subjects in the world. Subscribe today for creepy videos uploaded every Friday!
Tweet Me: http://twitter.com/bluelava6
Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1W03bqS
Did you learn something new in Twilight Zone: Psychology of Nightmare At 20,000 Feet? If so, please consider hitting the LIKE button and SHARING! It helps IMMENSELY.
If you liked that video, you'll probably like these:
📺 The Grudge & Ringu: What Makes Japanese Horror So Creepy?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAvmKze5YT0&list=PLGWBi-pWwrEala8ihieJRR2TRY-FXwCop&index=4&t=1s
📺 5 Creepy Cartoon Network Characters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAkhb0pa4Cs&index=8&list=PLGWBi-pWwrEala8ihieJRR2TRY-FXwCop
📺 Why Is Pennywise From IT Scary?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztcIROnFC50&list=PLGWBi-pWwrEala8ihieJRR2TRY-FXwCop&t=52s&index=14
📺 Why Are Dolls & Dummies Creepy?
📺 Checkout the whole Darkology Series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGSi-Ap1Hfo&index=1&list=PLGWBi-pWwrEala8ihieJRR2TRY-FXwCop
Music Credits (in order of appearance):
🎵 Toby Fox - https://twitter.com/tobyfox
🎵 HOME - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm67snQ5hRo
🎵 Jasper Byrne - https://spacerecordings.bandcamp.com/
Amitai Angor AA VFX: https://www.youtube.com/dvdangor2011
Video Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoO7k77WGVPqlTpx5QhG5Qw
Fear of Flying: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_flying
Mental Breakdown: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_breakdown
Man vs. Society: https://study.com/academy/lesson/man-vs-society-conflict-definition-examples.html
Man vs. Self: https://prezi.com/aal-ckqgjokf/man-vs-self-man-vs-nature/
Nightmare At 20,000 Feet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmare_at_20,000_Feet
Overcoming Fear: http://www.sciencefocus.com/feature/fear/how-overcome-your-fears-4-steps
The Science of Fear: http://www.sciencefocus.com/feature/fear/science-fear-understanding-what-makes-us-afraid
Amygdala Isn’t The Brain’s Fear Center: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/i-got-mind-tell-you/201508/the-amygdala-is-not-the-brains-fear-center
Cognitive Dissonance: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance