The Child from Dante’s segment was played by Bill Mumy (“Lost in Space”) in the original “Twilight Zone” series. Dante, being a steadfast fan of the actors of that era, cast his episode with some great names, including a cameo appearance by Mumy himself playing a bar patron who intervenes when his friend is giving the new little kid with powers around.
It’s a nice nod to the legacy of the original show in a really fun segment of a good movie that will always be mired in the tragedy that occurred during its making. Leave it up to Joe Dante to fully embrace the original version of the story that he had such a clear good time reimagining in the early ’80s.
I’ll leave you with one more bit of “Twilight Zone” trivia: Mumy would later star in a direct sequel to the original episode in the third “Twilight Zone” series that updated the viewer on whatever happened with Anthony Fremont and Cloris Leachman’s Mrs. Fremont. Fans often forget about the various reboots “Twilight Zone” has had over the years, mostly for good reason, but if you’re an old-school “Twilight Zone” fan then make sure to seek that episode out.