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


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