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Terror from the Year 5000 (1958)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | January 1958 (USA)
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 »




Complete credited cast:
Ward Costello Ward Costello ... Dr. Robert Hedges
Joyce Holden ... Claire Erling
Frederic Downs ... Prof. Howard Erling
John Stratton John Stratton ... Victor
Salome Jens ... Future Woman / Nurse
Fred Herrick Fred Herrick ... Angelo
Beatrice Furdeaux Beatrice Furdeaux ... Miss Blake
Jack Diamond Jack Diamond ... First Lab Technician
Fred Taylor Fred Taylor ... Second Lab Technician
Bill Downs Bill Downs ... Dr. Blair
William Cost 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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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




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The working title of the film was The Girl from 5000 A.D. See more »


Professor Erling claims he didn't know the statue was radioactive after he carbon-14 dated it. However, carbon-14, in addition to being itself a radioactive isotope, would certainly reveal the presence of any existent radioactivity. See more »


First Lab Technician: [Touches the statue with his bare fingers, then uses Geiger counter] Hey, this thing's radioactive. It's hotter than a firecracker.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. See more »


Music by Jack Shaindlin
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Amateurish and boring
7 November 2019 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

Experiments in time travel bring a predatory female mutant from a distant, post-apocalyptic future to an isolated island. Sadly, the film is nothing like its excellent poster: the 'terror' is a women in crude 'mutant' makeup wearing a sparkly suit that emerges from a bargain-basement 'time machine' that looks more like a converted boiler than the 'window into the future' depicted in the poster. The acting ranges from adequate to amateur, with cardboard characters delivering an insipid and derivative script. The only highlights are the terror's face stealing machine and the briefly glimpsed four-eyed (dead) cat from the future. The story doesn't make much sense, even from a time-travel perspective, and is yet another example of the 'our dying civilisation needs your men/women to survive' shtick (a storyline flogged-to-death by 1958). For extreme fans and life-listers only. The film was edited by Dede Allen - another example of a future A-lister getting started in the business (her next editing job was Robert Wise's 'Odds Against Tomorrow', 1959).

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January 1958 (USA) See more »

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The Girl from 5000 A.D. See more »

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La Jolla Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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