Sunday, November 06, 2011

Tim Burton's THE JAR

For a short slice of time in the 1980s, they resurrected ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS. Inserting colorized intros and outros of Hitchcock that he filmed for the original anthology series, the show featured a number of updates of old AHP episodes. (Much like newer iterations of THE TWILIGHT ZONE remade old stories.)

THE JAR was one of those remakes. When I saw it as a kid, I didn't know that. All I knew was that there was something deeply unsettling about it.

The basic story involves a man who finds a mysterious jar filled with some unknown curiosity. People become fascinated with the jar, each projecting their own desires, fears, revulsion onto it.

It's the ending that really struck me. It's never entirely clear what's in the jar -- but at the end, there's something more grisly that's implied.

Did not know that Tim Burton directed this episode.

Seeing it again... it's clearly a Tim Burton piece. Not as unsettling as I remembered. But really, what ever is...?


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