The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Howling Man 

Seeking refuge from a storm, a traveler comes upon a bizarre abbey of monks, who have imprisoned a man who begs for his help. When he confronts the head monk, he is told that the man is the Devil, and he must decide whom to believe.


Douglas Heyes


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
John Carradine ... Brother Jerome
H.M. Wynant ... David Ellington
Robin Hughes ... Howling Man
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Brother Christophorus (as Frederic Ledebur)
Ezelle Poule Ezelle Poule ... Housekeeper


David Ellington recounts a story, one that began just after the end of World War I. He was hiking in Europe when he sought refuge in an abbey during a violent rain storm. The residence is isolated and its head, Brother Jerome, tells him he cannot stay. Ellington is ill however and during his short stay meets someone who is being kept prisoner and howls constantly through the night. Ellington believes the Howling Man is being kept there for no good reason but Brother Jerome tells him of the man's true nature. The decision Ellington makes will haunt him for the rest of his life. Written by garykmcd

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Plot Keywords:

abbey | devil | monk | prisoner | hermitage | See All (13) »


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Release Date:

4 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode takes place in 1924 and 1960. See more »


At the end, the housekeeper begins to pull open the closet door before she turns the doorknob, and the door clearly has no doorknob latch mechanism. See more »


David Ellington: Honest men make unconvincing liars.
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Spoofed in Weird Science: Sci-Fi Zoned (1995) See more »

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Twilight Zone goes Gothic Horror
29 August 2017 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

An unusual but truly terrific "Twilight Zone" episode, dealing with aspects that are more into the domain of horror rather than sci-fi and/or fantasy. Written by the exquisite genius and master of the genre, Charles Beaumont, "The Howling Man" is like a miniature nightmare, with thunderstorms, spooky old monasteries, creepy bearded men and – most of all – the Devil himself! American traveler David Ellington seeks shelter in in monastery during a nightly thunderstorm but finds that the monks, especially Father Jerome, are quite inhospitable. He hears terrifying howling sounds from somewhere within the old building and discovers there's a man locked away in the cellars. Convinced that the monks are a bunch of madmen, he releases the man, but maybe Ellington should have taken Father Jerome's fantastic stories and warnings more seriously. This episode is a must see in case you are, like me, a fan of eerie Gothic horror that takes place in ominous castles and bathe in uncanny atmospheres. With a glorious role for John Carradine as Father Jerome, and a brief but unforgettably grim guest appearance by Lucifer, "The Howling Man" is an absolute highlight in Rod Serling's brilliant cult TV-series.

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