Today, February 8th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember top TZ director Douglas Heyes who passed away on this day in 1993 at 73.
Heyes directed nine episodes of the Zone, including "The After Hours," "The Invaders," "The Howling Man," and "Eye of the Beholder." He was the most artistic of all the Zone directors, and when Serling needed someone to add a stylish approach to the material. Heyes was number one on his list.
Whether it was the masterful way in which he worked with cameraman George T. Clemens in disguising the pig-faced aliens in "Eye of the Beholder," guiding the mute giant portrayed by Agnes Moorehead in "The Invaders," creating the creepy atmosphere of a department store floor in "The After Hours," or revealing the Devil himself in "The Howling Man," Heyes had a true sixth sense that elevated TZ to astonishing levels in its day.
It should be especially noted that these were little half-hour budgets, with very little time (usually a three-day shoot, after two days of rehearsal), so what Heyes accomplished was extraordinary.
So let's hoist one helluva libation to Doug Heyes, who leaves a timeless legacy of episodes, all of which provided us with amazing thrills and chills in the dimension we call The Twilight Zone.