When the "Vacuum Cleaner of Doom" flies through the living room window, the curtains are partially open. Later, when Steve goes downstairs to get Jenny's doll, the curtains are closed (no one in the family could have closed them, since they've all been hiding in the upstairs bedroom). See more »
Hello? Hello? Can you hear me? Can anyone hear me? I don't know where I am. I don't know where I am in time. I don't know what century I'm in. There's a message that must get through if anyone can hear me. When I was out among you, I always believed, as you do, that time exists in a sequential pattern - one day following another; one year after another; each century following the previous one... but it's not like that at all. I can tell you that now, because I know, ...
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Oh no, not the old 'triple supernova causing a space-time warp' cliché again...
While watching John 'Bud' Cardos's The Day Time Ended (1979), I couldn't help but think of Tobe Hooper's (i.e. Steven Spielberg's) Poltergeist (1982): replace aliens with ghosts and you have eerily similar movies. A series of inexplicable, supernatural events; a family moving into a recently built house in the desert; the young daughter disappearing into a vortex only to be followed by her desperate mother: it's all there (my somewhat crack-pot theory posits that Poltergeist was payback from Spielberg, whose 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' was clearly ripped-off by Cardos for The Day Time Ended).
Of course, Cardos's movie isto put it mildlynowhere near as good as either Close Encounters or Poltergeist: the random script feels as though it was written on the fly, the special effects are ambitious (given the budget) but still shonky, and the acting is mediocre at best (watch the reaction shot of Dorothy Malone when she answers a knock at the door from a surprisingly polite, poorly animated, stop-motion monsterit's hilarious!). After much preposterousness featuring dazzling lights in the sky, battling beasts, and malevolent machines, none of which makes any sense, the film conveniently reunites the entire family with no explanation whatsoever and leaves them heading for a futuristic alien city (where, for all they know, the inhabitants are hideous monstrosities with a taste for human flesh!).
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