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The Time Travelers (29-Oct-1964)

Director: Ib Melchior

Writers: David L. Hewitt; Ib Melchior

Keywords: Sci-Fi, Time Travel

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Review by anonymous (posted on 8-Aug-2006)

"The Time Travelers" is a campy sci-fi movie that has become something of a cult favorite. Scientists are trying to build a time-viewing screen, a sort of big-screen tv that shows the future; just the thing for Lotto and Off Track Betting. Under threat of a power cut-off delivered by the janitor(!), they up the voltage, and it turns out the screen is actually a portal to the future, through which the janitor and scientists step for no readily apparent reason. Some 100 years in the future, finding themselves in a post-atomic wasteland populated by mutant savages, they turn to step back through the portal but it goes on fritz, stranding them. Seeking shelter, they find an underground city in which all the non-mutated survivors live, and work to repair a starship which some other survivors have landed there. Aided by their android assistants, they are trying to get the ship working so they can all escape to Alpha Centauri, where apparently they have reservations at a B&B. When the time travelers arrive, they all take a break and show them around, revealing many Wonders Of The Future, all implemented with static props and stage magic slight of hand. The time travelers have to rebuild their time portal so they can get back to the present, and need to finish it before the starship blasts off so they won't be left to fend off the mutants alone. The mutants attack early, though, and topple the starship; mayhem ensues. The few survivors escape through the barely functioning time portal back to the present. However, it was a little out of tune and they arrive a few minutes earlier than they left, creating an infinite time loop. Whew... ! There's a lot of 60s silliness (groovy clothes and colors, bad music, free love), but it captures the feel of the old 50s sci-fi potboilers pretty well. The Time Travlers is certainly worth a bowl of popcorn on a rainy saturday afternoon. (This movie was later remade as "Journey To The Center Of Time", but the remake was dreadful, to be avoided at all costs. Lyle Waggoner; need I say more?)

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