The Architects of Fear

The Outer Limits (1963)

The Architects of Fear, directed by Byron Haskin.

A science fiction tragedy in three acts:

This is one of the most memorable episodes. Maybe the effects worked better in the old days on small low-definition TVs where the horror of the monster-making procedures were less explicit, more suggested.

Robert Culp is our hero in the first of his three episodes. A prolific TV actor -- I Spy -- he also had a movie career -- Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Hannie Caulder (1971).

His wife is played by Geraldine Brooks who I best remember at age 22 in Cry Wolf (1947) with Errol Flynn and Barbara Stanwyck. When young she much resembled later actress Natalie Portman.

Second acting credit for Billy Green Bush as one of the hunters. His first credit was in Stoney Burke the same year, made by the same people.


On the Blu-ray the light commentary track is by Gary Gerani, who laughs at everything.