If you like a good ghost story, One Step Beyond is a classic worth watching. This is 1959 TV series is the original in the paranormal genre, with half-hour shows that tell creepy stories… often based in fact.
Note: Twilight Zone didn’t air for another six months, and it was probably inspired by the success of One Step Beyond.
Since the shows in this One Step Beyond DVD set are from 1959, they’re going to be in black & white. However, this One Step Beyond DVD set — unlike others (such as “Best of”) — has been restored and cleaned up so it’s fun to watch. No distracting humming noises, and no skipped scenes.
This isn’t anything like today’s paranormal TV shows. Each episode re-enacts a chilling encounter with something unexplained. (Just keep telling yourself that they must be making some of it up.)
The show is dated. It’s delightfully over-dramatic. Spooky music, cheap sets, and stars (who later became famous) playing stereotypes in too-heavy makeup… they all add to the charm.
One Step Beyond is fascinating fun for anyone who enjoys good storytelling, and it’s a time warp back to the late 1950s. With 22 episodes in the first season, this 3-disc DVD set will keep you amused, entertained… and a little wary of things that go bump in the night.
Highly recommended fun, and sometimes a little scary.
Warning: If you let your kids watch these shows, they might grow up and become paranormal researchers. Not that I’m speaking from experience, of course. Ahem.
Rating: … for campy chills and creepy tales