In my opinion, Ray Bradbury is one of the most spellbinding writers of all time. His ability to take ordinary situations and turn them into a fright is unparalleled. This tape contains three half-hour tales of the oddball and terror that were authored by Bradbury. The first, "The Town Where No One Got Off" starts as a simple conversation on a train between a disaffected young man played by Jeff Goldblum and an older and clearly financially successful man. When the older man scoffs at Goldblum's supposed desire to be different, Goldblum decides to get off at the next stop. The conductor explains that no one ever gets off at that stop but this information only firms up his determination to leave the train. Goldblum finds that the people of the town are glum and not friendly, the only person willing to engage in a conversation is a man that was sitting in a chair at the train depot. They engage in a conversation and the man coaxes Goldblum into a remote building where they have a bizarre conversation where each shares their secret desire to lure a stranger to a remote location and kill them. It is Bradbury doing what he does best, coming up with an unusual situation. In "The Screaming Woman" Drew Barrymore stars as a ten-year-old girl addicted to horror comics. While wandering in a nearby wooded area, she hears a woman screaming. When she reports this to her father, he goes with her but hears nothing. Not to be deterred, Barrymore enlists help and eventually invents an excuse to talk to their spooky male neighbor. She asks about his wife and he is evasive, inviting Barrymore in for a chat and offers her a cold drink. Finally, the man makes a mistake and the truth is revealed. "The Banshee" stars Peter O'Toole as a verbally sadistic film director. When a young writer brings a script to his remote house in England, the director pronounces it superb and then engages in a series of sick jokes to ridicule and humiliate the writer. Their conversations are interrupted by a noise outside the house that O'Toole claims is a banshee. After being dared to do so, the writer dons a coat and goes out to see for himself. He encounters the form of the Banshee and goes back to report to the director. Now emboldened, the director dons the coat and goes out to verify the situation for himself. All three of these episodes proceed slowly with camera angles and shots used to incrementally ratchet up the tension. To readers and fans of Bradbury's writings, this is how his work should be treated, as that is how Bradbury writes. However, to others this slow movement would not be fast enough as most forms of visual entertainment move faster and have more action. Bradbury also does not rely on explicit depictions of violence and there are none here. This delights the connoisseur but dulls the masses.
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