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amish holographic pocket watches, energy barriers, evil, magic portals… What WAS this thing??!

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A person is running through an empty house from someone or something that keeps following them and escapes something chasing them through a portal which happens to lead to the painting that is actually hanging in living room. has some amish type like people in the painting on the other side of some sort of energy barrier and one of them takes out some sort of pocket watch, looks like some type of combination of pocket watch and a holographic orrey, very similar to that what can be seen in a transformers beast wars episode Coming of the Fuzors (the old west show down episode). the person seems to be caught in between the thing that is chasing her which follows them through the portal and the amish people which one sort of gets the impression that they are about as good as the first thing that is chasing the person and it just sorta ends there… I saw this on tv around 2000-2005 time frame and i thought it was one of that generation’s new Twilight Zone episodes hosted by Forest Whitaker but have not seen anything in any of the episode guides that really match up and at this point am unsure if it was a movie on tv, a made for tv movie, or an episode to a show. thank you for your time!

Scout Answered question May 19, 2020

Are you sure about the painting? They end up inside it, right?


Yes i am fairly certain, it was quite a big, “ahh HA” moment because they were trying to escape the thing chasing them through the house, an otherwise uninteresting 1980’s ish suburb residence and it was stalking and chasing them michael meyers style and they hid in some boring old coat closet or little used kitchen pantry or just an extra storage steamer trunk in the living room, the sort you might find at pier 1 or walmart. Kinda reminded me of Coraline or Narnia or something like that you know? They way they ‘teavelled’. So they pop out of the trunk or closet and they are not in the house anymore but suddenly transported to a a somewhat antiquated looking rural farm setting that is strangely familiar… pan out, and they are inside of the painting that they have in the living room! She sees someone, like a little boy and a girl, or an old man and a child on the other side of a simple fence and tries to go to them but cant because of the energy field. The michael meyers thing followed her through the portal or has its own way of travelling to and from somehow and she is desperately trying to get on the other side of the shield to ‘safety’ and get them to help her or maybe she was trying to warn them of the thing. Closer it comes until it is practically on top of her almost. The other people could not have been more frightened at all, however, and not only were fairly uninterested in the monster thing, but seemed more interested in the girl because they looked at the pocket watch and then each other and grinned or something, like the energy barrier was about to drop, and meanwhile the monster thing slowly backs up and goes away like it knows there is something even more dangerous around that it doesnt want to mess with, a bigger predator… the two harmless looking amish people?! It flashes back to them and then their eyes go monster or they grin wider and reveal monster teeth or something and thats when you know the ahh HA moment turns into oh $/!% and shes out of the frying pan and really into the fire and it fades to black and the credits. I always thought there would be a part 2, or hoped, but no…

Also, i seem to remember all throughout the beginning and leadup of the show there was something to do with storms and powerlines. Big ones… like the house was sitting in the same field as one of the huge powerline support towers, the giant galvanized metal that look like they could help support a large suspension bridge. And i think the person had just moved into their dream home? Or maybe they used to live there as a child and now they have moved back and they were always afraid of something, scared of something in the dark… childish fears that now just might not be so childish any more…

Scout Changed status to publish May 19, 2020