Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"
The Twilight Zone episode
William Shatner with Nick Cravat (not in full costume) as the gremlin
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 3
Directed byRichard Donner
Written byRichard Matheson
Based on"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"
by Richard Matheson
Featured musicStock from "King Nine Will Not Return" and
"The Rip Van Winkle Caper"
Production code2605
Original air dateOctober 11, 1963 (1963-10-11)
Running time25 minutes (without commercials)
Guest appearances
William Shatner
Christine White
Edward Kemmer
Asa Maynor
Nick Cravat
Episode chronology
List of episodes

"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is the third episode of the fifth season American television anthology series The Twilight Zone, based on the short story of the same name by Richard Matheson, first published in the short story anthology Alone by Night (1961). It originally aired on October 11, 1963 and is one of the most well-known and frequently referenced episodes of the series. The story follows a passenger on an airline flight who notices a hideous creature trying to sabotage the aircraft during flight.

In 2019, Keith Phipps of Vulture stated that the episode "doubles as such an effective shorthand for a fear of flying", making it endure in popular culture.[1] This is the first of six episodes to be directed by Richard Donner.

  1. ^ Phipps, Keith (April 1, 2019). "How a Classic Twilight Zone Episode Became a Recurring 'Nightmare'". Vulture. Retrieved April 10, 2020.