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The Day Time Ended

Day Time Ended, The (1979) Movie Poster
  •  USA  •    •  79m  •    •  Directed by: John 'Bud' Cardos.  •  Starring: Jim Davis, Christopher Mitchum, Dorothy Malone, Marcy Lafferty, Natasha Ryan, Scott C. Kolden, Roberto Contreras.  •  Music by: Richard Band.
      A family moves into their state-of-the-art solar-powered home in an isolated part of the desert to start a new peaceful life. Meanwhile, far away in deep space, three stars simultaneously explode, sending disruptive, time-bending shock waves through the cosmic void. These waves hit the house and soon some mighty bizarre things begin to happen, including a sudden resurgence of dinosaurs in their backyard, visitations from diminutive aliens, and a robot from outer space.

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Image from: Day Time Ended, The (1979)
Image from: Day Time Ended, The (1979)
Image from: Day Time Ended, The (1979)
Image from: Day Time Ended, The (1979)
Image from: Day Time Ended, The (1979)
Image from: Day Time Ended, The (1979)
Image from: Day Time Ended, The (1979)
Image from: Day Time Ended, The (1979)
When 'Charles Band Productions' comes up in the opening credits it gives a clue as to this film's content: Band's B-movies have always tended to focus on low-rent special effects over the necessities of plotting and dialogue. As it turns out, THE DAY TIME ENDED is one of the most plot less films I've ever watched; it tells a story via action with no real explanation as to what's going on. At the end you'll be scratching your head and wondering what you watched.

What story there is begins with a rural family meeting up in a remote desert house. This reunion soon descends into calamity with the arrival of mini alien spaceships and even a few flesh-and-blood critters who seem intent on wreaking havoc. It's all to do with some strange alignment in outer space, but other than that I really had no idea what was going on...or, indeed, who the 'good' aliens and 'bad' aliens were.

As is typical for a low-budget B-movie, hardly any attention is given to the performances, although there are a surprising number of familiar faces in the cast. Jim Davis and Dorothy Malone bring gravitas as the old-timers, Robert Mitchum's lad Chris shows up, and the little girl from THE ENTITY and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR has a major role. The special effects are pretty ropey, although I always enjoy stop motion no matter what, but it is all rather silly and ends up descending into farce at the climax. John 'Bud' Cardos made some great little films in the 1970s like KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS and THE DARK, but this ain't one of them!


Review by Leofwine_draca from the Internet Movie Database.