Personal Demons (The Twilight Zone)

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"Personal Demons"
The Twilight Zone (1985 series) episode
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Scene from Personal Demons
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 18b
Directed by Peter Medak
Written by Rockne S. O'Bannon
Original air date February 14, 1986
Guest appearance(s)

Martin Balsam: Rockne O'Bannon
Joshua Shelley: Herman Gold
Clive Revill: Agent
Marlena Giovi: Widow
Penny Baker: Pam
Stephen Flanigan: Gary
Tommy Madden: Creature #1
Billy Curtis: Creature
Gary Friedkin: Creature
Kevin Thompson: Creature
Don Frishman: Creature
Lou Carry: Creature
Jerry Maren: Creature

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"Personal Demons" is the second segment of the eighteenth episode from the first season (1985–86) of the television series The Twilight Zone. Martin Balsam plays the character Rockne O'Bannon in this episode. Rockne S. O'Bannon is a real screenwriter who also wrote this episode.


Rockne O'Bannon is a famous script writer, but few people know the truth: he has writer's block and has not had an original idea in twenty years. When he complains to his neighbor about this, the man advises him to retire, but Rockne cannot bring himself to do that until he writes one more story. Unfortunately, he has no ideas to write about - until he begins seeing mysterious, hooded creatures in his neighborhood.

At first, he is able to escape the creatures, which no one else can see, but one night they destroy his car and break into his apartment, surrounding him. Rockne asks what they want from him, and the creatures inform him that they want to be written about. If Rockne will write a story about them, they will leave him alone and never return. Presented with the story idea he had been so desperate for, Rockne begins writing, and as he puts words on paper, the creatures begin to vanish, one by one.

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