I am trying to identify and purchase an episode from one of the old horror or supernatural tv series. I don't remember if it was Twilight Zone, or The Outer Limits, or Night Gallery or Tales from the Darkside, etc. I believe it was B&W; I don't remember the decade
As I recall it, the plot was something like:
A man visits a town and encounters a young woman who is hiding from a mob intent on killing her. The townspeople, it turns out, periodically sacrifice one of the town's residents in an effort to appease a horrible monster. They believe that if they fail to make the sacrifice, the monster will destroy them all.
The townspeople corner the couple and the man makes a passionate plea in the woman's defense. He points out that:
- none of the townspeople have every seen the monster
- none of the townspeople have ever known anyone who has seen the monster
- other than legend, there is no evidence that the monster even exists
- the only danger to the community is fear and if they can overcome the fear, they will be free of the fictitious "monster" forever.
His perfect logic and moving persuasion convinces them that he is correct. The mob agrees not to sacrifice the young woman.
Of course at this point the monster arrives and destroys them all!
Can anyone point me the series and the episode??
The episode may have been titled "The Beast"