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Rated PG
Copyright 1979 Vortex Productions
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Jenny - Cute little girl who isn't scared of water and lights operating on their own.
  • Beth - Jenny's mother, any nudity on her part would have improved this movie.
  • Grant - The grandfather, he wears this weird "Jedi Bathrobe" outfit.
  • Ana - Grandma, and that's about it.
  • Steve - Ratty-haired kid, always referring to Grant as dad but I have no idea what's up with him.
  • Richard - Beth's husband, he spends most of the film just getting there.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

Not only does this movie throw more bad special effects at you than a Battlestar Galactica episode it also has less plot. Cosmic events rip the fabric of time and space, which only affects a small area of desert in Southwest America... ...but that's not important. What is important is a senseless parade of special effects, stop motion dinosaurs, little green men, the vacuum cleaner of doom (VCOD), and lights turning on and off. Finally the characters of "Lost in this Movie" are taken in by an advanced alien civilization so the pain can end. I'm not going to say any more about this mess of a film.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Super Novas in galaxys hundreds of light years away cause earthquakes here.
  • Kids will sit there and speak with green glowing pyramids.
  • Sixty year-old women should not tell us they're "turned on."
  • Upon seeing smoke and light coming from under a door nobody thinks about fire.
  • Clay dinosaurs shouldn't pop out of nowhere.
  • Dinosaurs knock on doors.
  • Special effects always go for man-made structures, stay away from your house or car.
  • You can make a movie by throwing together special effects. Hey Earl you do the "flashy things" right? And Mick you've got "green glow" under control?

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 6 mins - Charles Band Producer? Oh no!
  • 10 mins - Occured "several hundred years ago."
  • 21 mins - Now it's a little green pyramid?
  • 39 mins - Occured "200 years ago."
  • 46 mins - Now that is a pissed off vacuum cleaner.
  • 60 mins - Tromp, tramp, tromp. Only field of flowers in the whole desert and you go walking on them, jerk...
  • 74 mins - Who the heck thought up this "Happy Ending, Everyone Together" (HEET) scene?
  • Ending Credits - Just look at those names repeat.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note timeended1.wav Grant (distorted): "When I was out among you I always believed, as you did, that time exists in a sequential pattern. One day following another, one year after another, each century following the previous one - but it's not like that at all!"
Green Music Note timeended2.wav Clay dinosaur roaring.
Green Music Note timeended3.wav Grant: "Steve you know what this is don't you? It's a time-space warp!"
Green Music Note timeended4.wav Beth: "I felt a communication, a series of images after which I knew what was happening to us and I knew our fear was unnecessary."

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The vacuum cleaner of doom!

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The Day Time Ended
Reply #1. Posted on November 07, 1999, 01:21:43 PM by Bill Z. Bub
Oh, my god, I think I actually saw this one on TV once...
The Day Time Ended
Reply #2. Posted on March 01, 2000, 08:42:21 AM by Chris K.
To Mr.unkas, you obvously know nothing about a good film so kiss off. THE DAY TIME ENDED contained exelent special effects (they totaly beat that bad film STAR WARS[1977]), cinmatography was superb, settings were convincing, and an exelent story. From producer Charles Band this is his best!
The Day Time Ended
Reply #3. Posted on April 18, 2000, 02:24:14 PM by Chris K.
I take back my insult to unkas, but how is THE DAY TIME ENDED bad? The only thing bad about it is the fact that the video version is panned and scanned.
The Day Time Ended
Reply #4. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Scott
Bought this movie at a military PX at Fort Bragg for $2.99 tax free. Thank god no one taxed this awful awful movie.

The Day Time Ended
Reply #5. Posted on June 23, 2000, 12:25:51 PM by Zedd
I disagree with the owner of this site, I enjoyed this movie very much.  I think it was an interesting plot and structure.  With okay effects.
The Day Time Ended
Reply #6. Posted on July 16, 2000, 06:08:28 AM by Tony
I don't think this movie is all that bad, considering it was made on a low budget. Charles Band is like Roger Corman in that he makes epics outta practically nothing! I'm exagerrating of course, but I don't mind this flick at all and even tho its totally dated, its still nice to check out when theres nothing else on!
The Day Time Ended
Reply #7. Posted on August 13, 2000, 12:35:19 PM by Paul Gentry
I worked on the movie very early in my career and believe me, know that it is bad in most ways.  But of course being a Charles Band film there was literally no money in which to do the film or the effects, etc.  (And the fact that the director was someone with little real interest in making something worthwhile.)  In fact all the effects were done for like $125,000.  But the effects work was done by people like David Allen (later Oscar nominated for his work in BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED and YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES), Peter Kuran, who did a lot of animation effects for the first 2-3 STAR WARS movies and for us as well, Lyle Conway who sculpted our creatures and later went on to LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and DARK CRYSTAL, Randy Cook who went onto THE GATE films and is currently working on LORD OF THE RINGS.  I myself have worked on such films since as TERMINATOR II, ADDAMS FAMILY, HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS, FIFTH ELEMENT, etc. and most recently MONKEY BONE and the HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS TV SHOW and currently ROSWELL.  The film was an early excercise for us working in visual effects and we frustratingly knew at the time how much better it could have been. You should have seen the original concepts, much more Poltergeistish!

BTW, you missed one of the funniest lines and that was Jim Davis's (he had just done the Dallas TV show pilot when we used him) line, with his Texas drawl: "You know what this is don't you? A time, space warp!"
The Day Time Ended
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Sadie
Well yea, the effects and plot development leave a lot to be desired, but I think the over all idea is pretty cool.  when I first saw it(early '80s) I really liked it, but then again I was a kid at the time.  But the idea that all time exists here and now, all at once, is interesting to me.  I actually bought the movie not too long ago, and so far I'm not sorry I did. I think if  someone re-made it, it might turn out really cool.  But thats just me.  
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