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Terror from the Year 5000 (1958)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  January 1958 (USA)
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Prof. Erling and his financial backer Victor build a prototype time machine to snatch objects from the past. Latest find, a statuette, radiometrically dates to 5200 AD! When this draws ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Ward Costello ...
Dr. Robert Hedges
Joyce Holden ...
Claire Erling
Frederic Downs ...
Prof. Howard Erling
John Stratton ...
Future Woman / Nurse
Fred Herrick ...
Beatrice Furdeaux ...
Miss Blake
Jack Diamond ...
First Lab Technician
Fred Taylor ...
Second Lab Technician
Bill Downs ...
Dr. Blair
William Cost ...
Joe the Bartender


Prof. Erling and his financial backer Victor build a prototype time machine to snatch objects from the past. Latest find, a statuette, radiometrically dates to 5200 AD! When this draws colleague Richard Hedges to the island lab, Erling reveals that 20th-century objects put in the machine seem to be "traded" for analogous future objects by intelligent life. And on the sly, Victor's been trying to get a living visitor. Does the future need help, or is the present in danger? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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From Time Unborn ... A Hideous She-Thing!







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Nationally released as the second part of a double bill with The Screaming Skull (1958). See more »


The Carbon 14 method does not work with metal objects but only on materials that were once living (or part of a living organism). In other words: the method can be applied to such materials as wood, leather and bone - but not metal or mineral. See more »


Narrator: In the year nineteen hundred and fifty-eight, Man launched the first satellite and pierced the space barrier.
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Referenced in Bikini Drive-In (1995) See more »


Music by Jack Shaindlin
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Another nice little gem from American International - so bad it's good
5 April 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Terror From the Year 5000 is of American International's poorer efforts from the 1950's. It is one of those movies that is so bad it's good.

A scientist experimenting with time travel on a remote island in the Everglades manages to bring back a mutated woman from 5200 AD! She starts killing people and after replacing her face with that of a nurse she killed, she heads back to the future.

The cast includes Ward Costello, Joyce Holden, Frederic Downs and Salome Jens as the woman from the future. I've never heard of any of these.

Despite the very low budget, I rather enjoyed watching Terror From the Year 5000 and taped it when it came on BBC1 during the early hours some years ago. Luckily, I still have it on video.

Rating: 2 stars out of 5.

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