Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics
was a 1994 telefilm consisting of two Rod Serling
stories. The film was co-produced by Serling's widow Carol Serling. Reportedly, she found the two pieces in a trunk in the family's garage.
The first and shorter segment, entitled The Theatre
, was expanded and scripted by Richard Matheson
from a Serling outline. It starred Gary Cole
and Amy Irving
The longer segment, Where The Dead Are,
was a complete script Serling penned in 1968. Patrick Bergin
and Jack Palance
starred. (As it was written four years after the end of the original series, this was not originally a Twilight Zone story.)James Earl Jones
hosted and narrated the special. He previously worked with Serling on the 1972 film The Man.
A young woman, Melissa Sanders (Amy Irving), goes to the theatre to see the classic film His Girl Friday.
Suddenly, she begins to see scenes of her own life as they happened earlier involving her fiancé James (Gary Cole). No one else can see them except herself. At first Melissa thinks it's a practical joke plotted by James, but when she returns to the theatre, she sees scenes of her future, in which she dies getting run over by a bus on March 20. When she tells James about it, he assures her it will never happen. Unfortunately, it does happen, and afterwards, James begins to see his own life in the theatre just like his recently deceased fiancée.