Nightmares & Dreamscapes Ep. 02:
American couple Lonnie and Doris Freeman are vacationing in Jolly Ol' England, and a dinner invitation in the neighborhood of Crouch End seems like an innocuous enough proposition. Despite the warnings of local cabbies that Crouch End is not for strangers, and that Crouch End is home of a thin spot in the barrier that separates this world from the next, the Freemans decide to accept the invite and make an evening of it.
Too bad they lost the directions...
Things are creepy right off the bat, as Doris catches fleeting glimpses of beasts and monsters hiding beneath the surface of everyday things. Then Lonnie is attacked by some unseen creature, and seems drastically changed afterwards, which doesn't bode well for his wife.
This is Stephen King's stab at a modern-day entry into the H.P. Lovecraft canon. When I first read the short story that served as the source material, I wasn't too impressed. But having now read a decent chunk of Lovecraft's work, my opinion may have changed, and I need to go back and try it again. This television adaptation did pretty good, in my eyes, at filming the unfilmable--or at least another author's rendition of the unfilmable.
Good acting (especially by Claire Forlani as the superstitious Doris and Linal Haft as Archie the cab driver) helped move us along, even through a few of the slower parts at the beginning of the episode. The special effects weren't bad either, although they perhaps wavered just a bit at the very end.
Over all, TNT is two-for-two with Nightmares & Dreamscapes.