Film Review: The Time Travelers (1964)

Also known as: Time Trap, Depths of the Unknown
Release Date: October 29th, 1964
Directed by: Ib Melchior
Written by: Ib Melchior, David L. Hewitt
Music by: Richard LaSalle
Cast: Preston Foster, Philip Carey, Merry Anders, John Hoyt

American International Pictures, Dobil Productions Inc., 82 Minutes

Review:

The Time Travelers may be featured in the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 but it isn’t as bad of a film as what is the norm for that show. It is a hokey 1960s sci-fi adventure film put out by American International Pictures but it has got more heart and charm than a lot of their pictures. Sure, it is strange and goofy but that’s just added appeal with something like this.

In this movie, we see three scientists and a goofball open a window into a post-apocalyptic future. The portal looks like a large television set and the special effects used, in the beginning, employ a few foam rocks in the foreground and a very obvious projection screen in the background.

On the other side of the window, they discover a future world where there are a few scientists left alive who have built an army of androids that are there to help them build a rocketship to reach another planet, as Earth is doomed, environmentally speaking.

The film features a lot of bizarre scenarios, like a girl playing some sort of rainbow keyboard in front of dancing color strobing spheres and a big epic battle between androids and mutants.

The Time Travelers is a colorful and fun film. It is certainly a “check your brain at the door” affair but it is still engaging and its oddness is well grounded.

Rating: 4/10