Gruff, hard-nosed new boss Stanton takes over a scientific research company upon the death of his benevolent father. Scientists Manning, Gordon and White, who are very close to a breakthrough in time travel, are told by Stanton they must have results in 24 hours or face a funding cut-off. Trying to push their equipment past its safe operating limit they travel into the far future and distant past, with Stanton along as an accidental participant, unaware that a surprise awaits them as they struggle to return to the present.
Scott Brady ... Stanton
Anthony Eisley ... Mark Manning
Gigi Perreau ... Karen White
Abraham Sofaer ... Dr. \'Doc\' Gordon
Austin Green ... Mr. Denning
Poupée Gamin ... Vina
Tracy Olsen ... Susan
Andy Davis ... Dave
Lyle Waggoner ... Alien (as Lyle Waggner)
In the future all doors slide - this is a given fact of all SF movies from the days of Flash Gordon (possibly before that, it\'s a while since I\'ve seen Metroplis) but this piece of junk goes one better than having the standard elevator sliding doors... the door of the \"Time Vault\" opens vertically as well as horizontally! it\'s the grooviest SF movie door since the The Monster from Morbius\' Id came through the \'Krell metal\' door in Forbidden Planet. I wonder where they stole it - because more time, effort, and invention went into making that door than into the whole of the rest of the movie put together and believe me it\'s the only reason to watch this really stupendously awful film.
Having said all that I am giving it a 9 because it deserves more recognition as a classic bad SF film. It is up there with the Ed Woods. If you are in the mood for a masochistic do-it-yourself trepanning /lobotomy type movie then this is the one for you. It\'s great. I have drool coming from the corners of my mouth. Why do I do this to myself?
Others may call this the worst film ever made without offering reasons; perhaps it\'s time to analyze why this is so bad. Well, let\'s put analysis aside for a bit. This seems to be almost a remake of \"The Time Travelers\" from \'64. Or perhaps, it\'s a parallel depiction of events in the space-time continuum, utilizing stock footage from that earlier film. But we can save such scientific observations for later. Where \"The Time Travelers\" was low budget, this is EXTRA low budget. This means most of the movie has to take place on the same set, in the same room. Any other sets are bare bones; anything in the background is just black space, a very minimalist approach. But we can describe such things later.
The plot has to do with traveling into the future, to just before around the year 7000 AD. The group of 4 travelers chat with some visiting aliens there for a few minutes during a nuclear attack, then run back to their capsule and head back to a prehistoric past. Scott Brady, as a rich irresponsible businessman, manages to wreck everything he touches, including the cave they take refuge in (I was surprised by the set design here, which was beyond the $50 I\'d been convinced had been spent up to this point). I give this more than one star due to the unique manner in which Brady manages to kill himself. But anyone should be forewarned by the credits in the beginning, which introduce a \'Poupee Gamin\' as \'Vina.\'
This is the worst movie ever made. I don\'t want to hear about any of Ed Wood\'s pictures. This is it, this is the one. Right here. The bottom of the deepest pit of cinema hell. To watch it is pure anguish from beginning to end. You are in too much pain even to be able laugh at it.
I love this Ultra-Cheap, confusing, disjointed mess of a film! I especially love the new DVD version (looks a lot better than the old copy I taped off late night TV)! The hilarious \"scientists\" Abraham Sofaer (who looks a lot like Henry Kissinger) and grade Z film legend Anthony Eisley spend a lot time trying to explain the concept of the \"Center of Time\" (which makes absolutely no sense) to grade Z film \"heavy\" Scott Brady and Hugh Beamont look alike Austin Green. Scott Brady\'s character, Mr. Stanton, is a hilariously one dimensional evil businessman who takes over \"Stanton Industries\" from his dead father. Exactly why Stanton Industries is doing time travel experiments is explained about as well as the \"Center of Time\" concept. Marvel at how Stanton sees no value in knowing what the future looks like even 1 day in advance! Guess the great businessman never thought about knowing future stock prices or that sort of thing. Listen to him bark and threaten to carry out the practical plan of converting the time travel lab to \"weapons production.\" Future Carol Burnett Show and Wonderwoman star Lyle Waggoner has a funny part as a space alien from the future. The space alien\'s ship set is beyond cheap! They are here to warn war loving mankind about the horrors of the \"laser weapon\" of course.
Parts of the plot are actually interesting as the time travel \"vault\" (a sort of space ship looking thing with Scott Brady inside) goes back and forth from the future to the past and ends up getting lost in time. To the films credit, things do move along fairly quickly and the film is pretty well paced. But everything is so incredibly cheap and cheesy looking, its beyond belief! I love the \"computer\" tape reels that never turn! Pay attention to the female bimbos in the lab and their \"reactions\" to the loss of the time vault. If you miss something the first time in the movie, don\'t worry, you will see it again and again as the film is padded with lots of annoying flashbacks of earlier scenes!
If you like bad and cheap films loaded with scientific explanations which make no sense, you will love this film! And you thought the Time Tunnel TV show looked cheap! Buy the DVD!