Timestalkers (1987) – Made for TV Time Travelling Turd
Slow, boring… it’s like they just barely tried.
Timestalkers, a 1987 made for TV science fiction movie with Western overtones just barely manages to entertain.
A history professor,Dr. Scott McKenzie (William Devane) who specializes in the early days of the settling of America’s West is drafted by traveller from the future, Georgia Crawford (Lauren Hutton) to help stop a fellow traveller from the future, Joseph Cole (Klaus Kinski) from changing to past.
Dr. McKenzie and his good friend, and fellow Western history buff General Joe Brodsky (John Ratzenberger) go half on an auction of two steamer trunks full of memorabilia from the old west. Included in the trunks are some old photographs (“tin types”), in which one of them, upon closer examination shows a gunslinger with a 357 magnum, a gun from the 1980s, an not he 1800s. Dr. McKenzie writes a paper that receives ridicule about the anachronism in the photograph, that all tests show to be actually from the 1800s. Fortunately, the paper didn’t go completely unnoticed, as it was preserved, and used by Crawford to look for clues as to where Cole went when he escaped to the past in an attempt to destroy the Crawford Family, the one’s he believes are keeping him from monetizing his discovery of time travel..
Cole, 600 years in the future, has developed a method of time travel, and wants to profit from the discovery, but that goes against future convention, and is told that the idea must be shared by Georgia Crawford’s father, Dr Crawford (John Considine). Upset by the news, Cole travels back to 1866 in an attempt to Kill Crawford’s forefather, Matthew Crawford (also played by John Considine) assistant to the president. By destroying Crawford’s ancestor, he should therefore destroy the future Crawford family.
This movie, of course, is the store of how they must stop Cole while doing the least damage to the timeline, though they don’t seem to concerned with this…
Kinda’ boring, and kinda’ slow – still, I’ve watched much worse. Should you watch it? Well, I wouldn’t go out of your way to, if I were you.
I’m pretty sure this will disappear soon, but since I can’t find a trailer or clip of the movie, here is a link to the entire movie on Youtube: