Everyone loves The Twilight Zone. Now think about some of the great episodes — like the little boy with special powers who torments his family when he doesn’t get his way. Remember William Shatner and the gremlin on the wing of the plane? Or the beautiful girl who thinks she’s ugly because she’s surrounded by people with the pig faces?
Now imagine if those–and all the other episodes — were connected somehow. Imagine if there was a bigger story arc that tied all those seemingly random stories together — a bigger, more compelling story that unfolded over time through all the weird, wild, and creepy episodes.
The Trunk is The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, Lost, and The X-Files all rolled into one,” says series creator, Cliff Springs. “We’re calling it ‘intelligent horror’ because we’re not going for the cheap scares. We want the episodes to be smart… and they will be.”
“Each story is unique, but they all share a common thread that will unfold a larger story arc over time. I’m really excited about the format we’ve created. It gives us the flexibility to tell most any story we want to. We’ll have some stories as short as 2 minutes and others that may be 40 minutes or more.”
The common thread is the trunk itself. ”The trunk represents the collection of stories all thrown together into this old trunk, but it also is a character that plays a role in every single story. There may be some episodes where the trunk is nothing more than a prop that makes a cameo — like Alfred Hitchcock used to do — while it will play a much more direct role in other episodes. Yet other story lines will deal with the mythology of the trunk itself. Where the heck did this thing come from? How long has it been around? Why does it do the things it does? Those answers will unfold over time.”