Story by Michael Cassutt
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
Original Airdate - March 21, 1986
George Dzunda - Col. Ulyanov
Barry Miller - Ivan
Vladimir Skomarovsky - Mayor Titov
Victoria Tennant - Valentina
Rod Colbin - Minister
Andrew Divoff - Vladimir
Lillian Adams - Babushka
Jack Ross Obney - Crishenko
Kimberly Ann Morris - Calya
Mike Kulcsar - Colodkin
Tom Maier - Villager



Siberia in the wintertime, and the overthrow of the Soviet government, vampire-style.

No opening or closing narration



I know that description is a bit trite, but it sums up the entire segment.  It also makes it seem like I don't like this, when I very much do.  "Red Snow" was written by Michael Cassutt, in his first outing as a writer for the new Twilight Zone, and directed by Jeannot Szwarc, who did many of the "Night Gallery" episodes and is a real professional.  Szwarc is still directing; he's been working on "Fringe," a rather conglomerative series that is a confusing meld of the X-Files, Kolchak: the Night Stalker, Lost, and many other crime/scifi/horror TV series of this type.  It's one of the few new series I've been watching, and which hasn't been doing much for me in the past year or so; I loved the first season.

As I said, I really do like this segment.  It's a trifle slow and possibly a bit longer than necessary, and was shot with a very dark look, but it does remind me in some ways of the Night Gallery episodes Jeannot directed.  The idea of people becoming vampires to withstand the harsh Siberian climate is a clever one, and the way that it's brought to the audience is just as clever.  One of the women at the train station is recognized, but the person who recognizes her says it can't be her…she died years ago. 

George Dzunda is sturdy and brave as the emissary of the government, who is trying to track down why people are disappearing.  Victoria Tennant plays the woman vampire, and while she has very little screen time, her Russian accent is wonderful. 

The special effects are effective, especially the snow…and there is a lot of snow, and ice.  We see a man frozen in a pond, and blood drips convincingly in several scenes.  Costumes are appropriate as well; they definitely do look as if they were Russian peasants.