It's 1893 London. Futurist H.G. Wells believes that the future holds a Utopian society. He also believes in time travel. He has just built a time machine which he is displaying to a group of skeptical friends, including surgeon Dr. John Leslie Stevenson. Unbeknown to Wells or anyone else among that circle, Stevenson is better known to the public as Jack the Ripper. Just as the police are about to capture Stevenson, he uses the time machine to escape, with Wells being the only one who knows what happened to him. Not telling anyone except his trusting housekeeper, Wells follows Stevenson in order to capture and bring him back to face justice. Where Stevenson has gone is 1979 San Francisco. There, Wells is dismayed to find that the future is not Utopia as he had predicted. But Wells is also picked up by a young woman named Amy Robbins. As Wells and Amy search for Stevenson, Stevenson conversely is after Wells to obtain the master key to the time machine. As Stevenson continues his ... Written by
A chase through time -- to catch Jack the Ripper!
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Did You Know?
The movie theater where Wells and Amy see the film was the same one which showed The Exorcist
(1973) in an exclusive engagement. The infamous San Francisco serial killer, Zodiac, saw the film there, too. See more
In the early part of the movie, Wells' chess board is set up wrongly. The black corner square must be on the left as each player faces the board. See more
[Jack the Ripper uses the Time Machine to travel to 1979
What... have... I... done? I've turned that bloody maniac loose upon Utopia!
References The Time Machine