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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:




Killdozer (1974) – Made for TV Cheeze That Brings Back Memories

Killdozer was a 1984 ABC made for TV movie about an American construction crew working on a small island off the West coast of Africa building an airstrip that become victims to one of their heavy bulldozers that becomes possessed by an ancient force that fell from space a long time ago. 

The movies starts with a shot of a meteorite (meteor at that point, I think), plunging to Earth, coming to rest on the island. Next, we cut to modern (1974) day where the Mack, (played by a young Robert Urich), a member of the construction crew runs into trouble while trying to move a strange metallic rock. Unable to move it, his  Foreman Kelly (Clint Walker, tries, but when the blade of the bull dozer makes contack with the rock, a blue light emanates from the rock, jumping to the blade of the dozer, and throwing Mack in to convulsions, that later end with his death. Soon the remainig crew are picked off one by one by this possessed bull dozer. They try to survive, why looking for a way top stop the mechanical monster.

I know the premise sounds stupid (no, is stupid), but I watched this originally as a kid and it really stuck in my mind – especially the epic battle between an excavator and the bull dozer – fun stuff. This isn’t an amazing piece of film history, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The acting, while not stellar, is acceptable – and at just under an hour and 10 minutes, it won’t take much time from your life.

I’ve just discovered that the whole film is available on Youtube, and have included a link to that below.

Here’s the trailer:

And look what I found here: the whole damned movie on Youtube:


Hangar 18 (1980) – I Can’t Believe I Loved This as a Kid

This is a movie about a Space Shuttle crew that launches a satellite that appears to be destroyed when it impacts with a U.F.O. and the government conspiracy to cover it up.

Staring Gary Collins and Robert Vaughn (and quite a few “oh, that guy” actors), this movie revolves around the government attempting to cover up a collision between a satellite and a U.F.O. and the subsequent retrieval of an intact U.F.O. along with it’s occupants, and two Shuttle Astronauts attempting to get to the bottom of what is becoming a cover up that may end up with them blamed with destruction of the satellite in order to hide the fact that the Earth has been visited by Aliens. So, it’s pretty much a race between the Astronauts trying to find evidence of what they themselves witnessed and the governments attempt to hide all such evidence. Then there’s the group at Hangar 18 working on the captured U.F.O. and it’s inhabitants. The Alien

Tepid acting, poor writing and a lame story, yet I still enjoyed this a bit – partly due to the memories it brought back from my childhood – I saw this back when it was released and thought it was awesome (sure is easy to impress a kid!), and part for how serious it tries to be. The eighties were interesting times, but this isn’t a very interesting movie. I watched it on Netflix and if you have Netflix you might want to give it a go, as it won’t cost you anything extra (but your time). It’s also available on Youtube in it’s entirety so there’s another option to watch it.

Here’s a clip from the movie:

Check out the whole movie here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfNh1daJ6ms


Alien Apocalypse (2005) – Only Watch If You Like Bruce Campbell

Ok… This movie really sucks. I liked it because Bruce Campbell is in it, but that is about it. Made in 2005 simultaneously with The Man With the Screaming Brain (also 2005, and also with Bruce Campbell), and both were presented to the Sci-Fi Channel. Sci-Fi purchased one of the two (I don’t know for sure which one – I believe this one), and the other went right to DVD. This movie was filmed in Sofia, Bulgaria and most of the secondary actors did not speak English, and dialogue dubbed over later. This feels so much like a made for TV production (which it is), that I felt cheaper for watching it…kinda’.

The premise is that Humans have been enslaved by an Ant-like alien race. A group of astronauts, in space for 40 or so years, return and attempt to destroy the alien’s grasp on humanity. The Aliens are here to take Earth’s trees – they like wood I guess), and humanity has been enslaved to work in Concentration camp Lumberyards.

Yeah… These aliens are wimps and easily enough foiled. That’s enough – This film doesn’t deserve any more of a description.

Watch it if you like…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvIa4o38dJ0

Here’s the trailer: