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Plots Of Humor And Horror

July 21, 1985|MORGAN GENDEL

Some of the"Amazing Stories" you'll see Sunday nights at 8 on NBC:

"Ghost Train," directed by Spielberg, is based on his own experience as a kid in Haddonfield, N.J., where he could hear a train passing through town every night. "But I never saw the train," he has said. In this tale, a family decides to build a house right on the path of the unseen train. Roberts Blossom and Lukas Haas ("Witness") star.

"Secret Cinema" concerns a young woman who is convinced that her friends have conspired to shoot a film of her life. Paul Bartel directed this zany episode, based on an original short film of his. Griffin Dunne and Penny Peyser star.

"Mirror Mirror" is a paranoid thriller featuring Sam Waterston as a man who sees a demonic creature in every reflective surface. Martin Scorsese directed.

"Vanessa in the Garden" is a love story about a painter and his wife, but with a twist. Spielberg wrote the script; Clint Eastwood directed a cast that included his real-life girlfriend, Sondra Locke, in the title role. Harvey Keitel and Beau Bridges co-star.

"Mr. Magic" is a Capra-esque story starring Sid Caesar as an aging magician to whom real magic begins happening. The episode marks the directorial debut of Donald Petrie.

"Remote Control Man," directed by Bob Clark ("Porky's") is about an otherwise ordinary man whose life is invaded by TV personalities, among them Ed McMahon, Clara Peller ("Where's the Beef?!") and Dirk Benedict as his "A-Team" character, the Face.

"Alamo Jobe," being directed by longtime second-unit director Mickey Moore, stars Kelly Reno as a young man fighting at the Alamo who suddenly comes in contact with 1985 tourists, who apparently are viewing him as a tourist attraction.

"The Amazing Fallsworth," directed by Peter Hyams ("2010"), is a thriller starring Gregory Hines as a psychic who can tell what people are feeling just by touching them. Richard Masur co-stars.

"Round Trip" is an hour episode about a World War II bomber mission directed by Spielberg and starring Kevin Costner, hot off "Silverado." Teleplay is by Menno Meyjes, who scipted Spielberg's "The Color Purple."

"Hell Toupee" brought Irvin Kershner ("The Empire Strikes Back") to the set as director. A vain man finds there's "hell to pay" in this farce about lawyers and hairpieces. The challenge, said Kershner, was "to try to make something absurd believable."

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