The Burning Man (The Twilight Zone)

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"The Burning Man"
The Twilight Zone episode
The Burning Man.jpg
Scene from "The Burning Man"
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 8b
Directed by J.D. Feigelson
Written by J.D. Feigelson
Production code 14
Original air date November 15, 1985
Guest actors

Danny Cooksey : Boy
Piper Laurie : Aunt Neva
André Gower : Doug
Roberts Blossom : The Man

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List of The Twilight Zone (1985 TV series) episodes

"The Burning Man" is the second segment of the eighth episode from the first season (1985–86) of the television series The New Twilight Zone. It is based on Ray Bradbury's short story "The Burning Man", first published in Bradbury's collection Long After Midnight.

Plot[edit]

On a hot summer day, a woman and her nephew are driving along a dusty, country road. It is apparently dated in the 1930s or 1940s, by the style of clothes and the car. They soon come upon an old man in raggedy clothes who hails them to stop. They do stop and he hops in and says to just go, because someone is after him. When they ask who, he says the sun.

The old man starts talking of the seventeen-year locusts coming and other wild theories about people and...evil. Specifically genetic evil, people who are born evil. When they stop to fix a flat tire, the old man continues telling the boy his strange theories, but the aunt is starting to tire of it. She apparently thinks the heat has gotten to him. When she can't take anymore, the aunt stops the car and throws the old man out. They try to laugh it off and head for a lake, where they stop and enjoy the day.

Soon, the boy starts to worry about the evil the old man was talking about when all of a sudden, they come upon a boy in a bright white suit. He claims he was at a picnic and got separated and then lost. They pick him up and take off. Soon it becomes dark and suddenly the boy in the white suit leans forward and says something to the aunt. The car comes to a stop and dies. The aunt and nephew look back at the boy. Smiling, the boy in the white suit says "Have you ever wondered if there was such a thing as genetic evil in the world?"

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