One Step Beyond (1959 series)

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John Newland hosting One Step Beyond (1959 series)...

Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond, AKA One Step Beyond


"What you are about to see is a matter of human record. Explain it? We cannot. Disprove it? we cannot. We simply invite you to explore with us the amazing world of the unknown - to take that One Step Beyond!" An anthology series based on purportedly real events of human experiences with the unexplainable, with generally non-Lovecraftian stories typically concerning psychic phenomena and vengeance from beyond the grave.


  • Release Date: 1959-1961
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Suspense, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Drama, Romance, black-and-white
  • Runtime: (generally formatted for a 1-hour commercial television slot)
  • Starring: (various), hosted by John Newland
  • Director: (various)
  • Writer: (Various)
  • Producer/Production Co: ABC Films, Joseph L. Schenck Enterprises,
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • Wikipedia Page: (link)
  • IMDb Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (equivalent perhaps of a TV-G)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • s____ (One Half Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian, at best)

Mostly included in this wiki in the spirit of completism, as most other (generally more "Lovecraftian") contemporary anthology horror/science fiction series of its kind are covered in this wiki, hopefully saving anyone else some trouble in searching this series for anything that might be called "Lovecraftian". This series deals mostly with purportedly "true stories" of the unexplained, mostly in the form of tales of precognition and ghostly warnings. One fishy episode might, at a stretch, be thought of as a story with a "Deep One" in it, but sketchy descriptions of the episodes are one thing, the actual experience of viewing the episodes is something generally far less "Lovecraftian".

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Review of the Season One DVD by Porfle at HK & Cult Film News (link) - "Eschewing the pure fantasy elements of Serling's show, one of the strengths of One Step Beyond was the feeling it instilled in the viewer that they were watching something that not only could happen, but could happen to them."

Synopses of Suggested Episodes

  • "The Dead Part of the House" (Ep. 1x09) - A young girl moves into a new house with her father and aunt, and before long, she makes friends with the ghosts of three girls who reside in an upstairs nursery -- though the adults assume that her new "friends" are her three new dolls.
  • "The Navigator" (Ep. 1x13) - The crew of a nineteenth century sailing ship find that somebody has altered its course before catching a stowaway, a mute, soaking wet man whom they clap in irons. The alteration in course leads them to rescue survivors of a ship sunk by an ice berg, though that ship's navigator is dead and is the spitting image of the stowaway, who has mysteriously disappeared.
  • "The Haunted U-Boat" (Ep. 1x17) - During World War II a German U-boat is apparently haunted by a ghostly banging which only occurs when it is submerged. Eventually the noise so frightens the captain and crew that they bring the submarine to the surface and surrender.
  • "Ordeal on Locust Street" (Ep. 2x02) - A seemingly normal family is hiding a terrible secret: their son has the features of a deformed, fish-like monster. A somewhat mysterious hypnotist with strange powers claims that he can help them, and in their desperation they enlist his aid.
  • "Night of the Kill" (Ep. 2x05) - After being missing from home young Davey Morris tells his parents he was with a friendly Bigfoot type creature. Nobody believes him until they see giant footprints and evidence that the animal has been eating their food. Even though it is invisible they decide to kill it by setting fire to its woodland home.
  • "The Mask" (Ep. 2x24) - A pilot bails out of his airplane over the Sahara Desert, and nearly dies in the harsh desert conditions. After his rescue, the man seem to have the memories of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh and, more shocking still, also now resembles the pharaoh.
  • "Encounter" (Ep. 2x29) - A pilot's last radio message is a frantic report about a mountain descending from the clouds and coming right at him....
  • "Where Are They?" (Ep. 3x12) - A couple short stories about mysterious strangers who exhibit inexplicable powers or knowledge, and then vanish without a trace.


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