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I remember watching the end of this as a child probably before 1970 on TV, only remember it a bit. People walking out of a fog/mist/smoke from a small town all covered with bumps and blisters. I don't know if it was B/W or Color, because back then the TV would have been B/W anyway.

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    This plot reminds me a bit of the events in the second book of the Hunger Games. – OKprogrammer May 19 at 20:30
  • It definitely sounds like a Hitchcock or Twilight Zone episode with the eerie scene you describe. – Nikita Moon May 25 at 1:51
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Possibly "A Feasibility Study", Outer Limits (original series) season 1, episode 29 (1964), in which an entire neighborhood is abducted unawares and placed on a mist-shrouded planet. Humans who contact the aliens become covered with hard blister-like concretions. Plot summary from Wikipedia:

The inhabitants of a six-block suburban area are abducted one night by an alien probe, using a means of teleportation to transport the entire neighborhood to another planet, Luminos. The intention of the Luminoids is to study the feasibility of enslaving the human race for manual labor on their planet, since Luminoids themselves suffer from a genetic disease which condemns them to become as immobile as rocks as they age. Initially, the humans are not aware they've been kidnapped, as the neighborhood appears normal. But a thick fog blankets the area, and the sun doesn't rise when it should.

Eventually, one of the group is introduced to the Luminoid rulers, who are a hideous sight to behold. They make clear what their plans are and the punishment for disobedience, which is to be touched and contract the terrible disease.

The abductees now realize they're trapped with no chance of ever returning home. They come to accept the fact that their lives are over. Full submission to the Luminoids cannot protect them from inadvertent infection. All that's left is defiance and the will to protect the rest of humanity. Forming a circle, they willfully contract the disease from one of their own party, making clear that mankind will choose death over slavery on Luminos.

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  • i will call that a definite maybe for sure! Thanks, I'll look into it. – Pioneer4x4 May 7 at 2:03
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    You're welcome. It's not hard to find online. If this is the correct answer, please click on the checkmark to the left to indicate that. – Invisible Trihedron May 7 at 2:59
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    I just watched that episode, very interesting, but I don't believe that was it. Their appearance isn't what I remembered, more of overall bumps, not splotchy rocky like that. And I remember people walking out of the fog covered in them. The timing of that show is about right, but I don't think it was that. – Pioneer4x4 May 7 at 11:16
  • Another beautiful hypothesis struck down by an ugly fact! Oh well. It will be interesting to find out the real answer. – Invisible Trihedron May 7 at 12:53
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    Don't rule out the fact that this was probably from the memory of a 7 year old from 50 years ago, from a snipped of the show that I seem to recall. I would give that at least a ¼ chance of it being what influenced my faint memories. – Pioneer4x4 May 10 at 19:07

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