Screenshot of the Alfred Hitchcock version of the story. That's Billy Barty posing with the jar in the 1964 episode.
“The Jar” is a macabre short story by Ray Bradbury which concerns a country bumpkin at carnival sideshow who sees an indescribable
thing (very Lovecraftian that) floating in a jar. So taken in is he with the jar and its contents, he persuades one of the carnival workers to sell to him. When he returns home, he and the jar become the center of attention in the small community, a status,
up until now, has eluded him.
Curiously, everyone that looks into the jar sees something different and/or it stirs
some memories of their past which still haunt them. I won't spoil the ending for you but you can see two TV versions of the story on YouTube (the Alfred Hitchcock version is the best) or you can read the story to see how it turns out. Here's a link to the
Anyway, I first saw this story on the Alfred Hitchcock Hour when I was a mere lad of 14. There was a very creepy element about the story
that always stayed with me and a chance reviewing of the episode inspired me to try my hand at reconstructing “The Jar”. The hardest part was to find a jar suitable to set up to duplicate the scene full scale. I had considered making a half or
third size version but I found a two gallon specimen jar that suited my needs perfectly on eBay (where else?).
jar's contents (sans liquid) started out has a life size Styrofoam manikin head I that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. As it turned out, I ended up distorting the head so severely, a simple ball of foam would have been adequate and less expensive.