Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Day Time Ended (1979)

Director: John 'Bud' Cardos

Writers: Wayne Schmidt, J. Larry Carroll, David Schmoeller, Steve Neill

Composer: Richard Band

Starring: Jim Davis, Christopher Mitchum, Dorothy Malone, Marcy Lafferty, Natasha Ryan, Scott C. Kolden, Roberto Contreras

More info: IMDb


Plot: Aliens visit the solar-powered house of a middle-class family, and the house is suddenly sucked into a time warp that transports it back to prehistoric times.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Good flick.  It's low budget, sure, but Cardos & co. did a great job with making what might seem like a simple story into something that's interesting and more compelling than the usual low budget sci-fi offerings of the day.  It held my interest.  I like how the aliens are not explained.  It's kind of like, ummm, you know, real life.  These dudes show up and there's something of a bad alien in addition to the good ones and all kinds of weird things happen in the sky and then dinosaur creatures show up and disappear and so on.  If you're confused then you're not alone.  It all gets summed up by Grant (Jim Davis) with a simple line about they must have *insert some sci-fi jargon about the space time continuum*.  That was good enough for me.  The low budget means the effects aren't up to snuff but that didn't bother me at all.  Hell, there's a lot of stop motion animation and that's always a plus.  The performances are pretty good and I Richard Band's score has some very nice moments.  If you read the comments on IMDb you'd get the idea this is a moldy turd.  It's a low budget sci-fi flick that tells a good sci-fi story without holding your hand and relying on the effects to distract you.  Check it out.

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