August 13, 2001 12:00 PM

FOX (Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET)

This anthology series, which had its long-delayed premiere last month, begs comparison with The Twilight Zone. So you should know at the outset that the host, pumped-up rocker Henry Rollins, is dwarfed by the memory of Rod Serling.

Otherwise Night Visions is inconsistent but watchable. Each hour-long show contains two stories designed to creep you out, and the Aug. 9 entry is half successful. The first tale, about three collegians who regain the lives they lost in a car accident, is the victim of its own illogic. But the second, directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins), is a small gem. Bridget Fonda stars as a divorcée terrified by the thought that an unseen intruder has taken up residence in her house. Dante focuses so tightly on Fonda’s rising panic that you won’t see the twist coming. The Aug. 16 show features good performances by Jay Mohr and David Paymer, but the writing and direction are overdone.

Bottom Line: Scares are just fair

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