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Twilight Zone, Episode 2.15: The Invaders
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by Charles Tatum

"What's cookin'?"
4 stars

In this infamous episode, Agnes Moorehead plays an old woman in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.

There is no electricity or running water, and she is simply preparing a meal when something lands on her roof. She investigates and finds a small flying saucer. Soon, two little beings, no bigger than children's toys, invade her home, using their space age weapons on her as she uses her own simple instincts to fight back. The kicker, of course, is the origin of the little spacemen.

If you only know Moorehead from her turn as Endora on "Bewitched," this episode proves why she was nominated for four Academy Awards in the 1940's and 1960's. She has no dialogue, works on just one set, and is the only cast member save Rod Serling's trademark opening appearance, yet carries the episode on her own.

A drooling Moorehead, with wild hair and wielding a hatchet, is pretty unglamorous stuff. Heyes' direction is tight, and Richard Matheson's script is simple, doing it all in twenty five minutes.

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originally posted: 11/11/03 08:58:40
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User Comments

6/30/17 Barry Hoskings 5 stars, easily one of her best performances. 5 stars
1/05/12 George League Morehead's best performance ever! 5 stars
6/07/09 Professional Tourist Agnes is brilliant! 5 stars
2/04/08 Pamela White Go Agnes always a treat 4 stars
5/23/07 action movie fan good suspenseful tz episode with very good surprise ending 4 stars
11/25/06 David Pollastrini Brilliant, with a great twist 5 stars
7/28/06 David Cohen Cheap special effects bring down what could have been a TZ legend 3 stars
11/19/05 BrendaS918 Good 4 stars
5/31/04 crap crap 1 stars
4/04/04 Matt Vandermast Demands great concentration for the viewer, but worth it 4 stars
1/14/04 tatum Moorehead! 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  27-Jan-1961 (NR)

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Directed by
  Douglas Heyes

Written by
  Richard Matheson

Cast
  Agnes Moorehead
  Rod Serling



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