IT CRAWLED OUT OF THE WOODWORK ONE
OF THE 10 BEST!
Scott Marlowe, Barbara
Asner, Michael Forest.
A strange energy creature is kept locked up in an energy research lab.
This is probably the scariest of the series' episodes. The
featured energy creature, created via a variety of Special Effects,
is unique, memorable, and pretty creepy. "Mary Tyler Moore"
and "Lou Grant" fans will get a kick out of Ed Asner,
in a confident, early TV appearance.
A scientist and his brother show up in L.A. The scientist goes to
his new job.
The scientist dies, killed by a strange energy creature. The scientist
is revived and fitted with a pacemaker. It shorts out when he falls
into a bathtub, killing him again.
The scientist's brother, a cop, and fellow scientists battle the energy
creature. The creature is tricked back into it's holding cage.
Director Gerd Oswald's IT CRAWLED OUT OF THE
WOODWORK, is an odd, yet scary "Outer Limits" episode.
It's fun to catch "Edward" Asner in an early career role
as a cop. Asner exudes calm strength and confidence, and offers evidence
of future TV greatness.
Some of the dialogue in the script, written by Producer Joseph Stefano,
is rather campy. When scientist, Kent Smith, explains how the energy
creature came into being, he states, "In the words of the cleaning
lady, who unwittingly gave it life, it crawled out of the woodwork."
Interestingly enough, cardiac pacemakers play a role in this episode.
Apparently the devices were new enough, in the early sixties, to qualify
as high-tech, futuristic gizmos.
Director of Photography, Conrad Hall, contributes to the episode's
odd, scary mood with tilted camera angles. The overall effect is like
reading an old E.C. horror comic book, which was probably intentional.
The music in this episode is your standard spooky score. Dominic Frontiere
is responsible for the familiar "shock" music.
The energy creature is a strange combination of smoke, explosions,
animation, and stop motion camera work. The bizarre and effective
FX were accomplished by Si Simonson, Ray Mercer and Company, and the
Optical Effects Unit, headed by M.B. Paul.
IT CRAWLED OUT OF THE WOODWORK should be highly watchable for most
Sci-Fi viewers. "Outer Limits" fans who missed this episode
in its original release are in for a treat.
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