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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 #9. Posted on July 08, 2003, 03:50:45 PM by Nabisco
This movie is so horrible I almost peed myself laughing at it, but it will always be one of my all-time favorites just because of that.
The Day Time Ended
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Tars
One thing the movie did do successfully was convey the "What the hell is going on?" atmosphere that the characters were experiencing, directly to the viewer.  Since it's pretty impossible to figure out what IS going on.

Also, some of the effects were pretty good.  I think the Sargasso Sea/Bermuda Triangle set of airplanes, jets and space ships was pretty cool.

And, the Vacuum Cleaner of Doom rules.  That was the best part of the whole movie.  Imagine a movie where the cast was beset by a whole horde of those things.  Yeah, it's been done, sure, but not with VCODs!
The Day Time Ended
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Ryan
How could you not like a movie this strange? I've never seen anything like it and that's gotta count for something. Love the stop-motion effects by  Dave Allen and Randy Cook. I can't resist any movie where the filmmakers had way more imagination than money. Even if you hate this one, you have to admit it's pretty damn entertaining. And that's more than can be said of a lot of recent films. I wish I could enter a space-time warp and go back to see it on the big screen.
The Day Time Ended
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Talos4
I got this in a 4-flick DVD set, "Time Travelers"'s the last movie following bizarro Idaho Transfer. Gads! I musta slept right through the 70's! This movie has good creepy music and camera angles, and if it weren't for the main menu previewing that really bad clay alien, I woulda been pulling the shades down, turning up the room lights and calling for backup. Instead, the old-green gas from under the door-trick (yeah, don't think of screaming fire,lady) begets Tinkerbell with Bette Davis eyes. Now I know where Mell Brooks got his idea for his bartop-dancing alien. This movie had a (er, distant) feel of Close Encounters at times. At first I thought it was made prior to. The opticals are prety decent.  I liked the VCOD.  But I thought it was the Video Camcorder of Doom.  
The Day Time Ended
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Eliot K.
I bought this dreg off of eBay. It was part of a "Time Travelers" 4-Pack. The first movie I watched from this new acquisition was "Idaho Transfer". I knew afterwards that I had been scammed. I watched "The Day Time Ended" today. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Jim Davis died a couple of years after this monstrosity was made. My theory is that he decided to watch this flick with his grandkids and suffered a massive heart attack brought on by aggravation at having participated in this abortion of a movie.
Re: The Day Time Ended
Reply #14. Posted on December 06, 2007, 02:27:54 AM by curtis martin
I just watched this movie and I thought it was a whole heap of fun! Sure, it's low budget--obviously no money for great effects or second takes--but I thought it showed a lot of creativity. If I was a filmmaker and was given virtually no resources, and I could still come up with this--I'd be proud of myself.
I'm not sure why so many folks beat this film down so much. Its about as good as ""Equinox," another super low budget flick with laughable acting and ambitious but not super great special effects (compared with today)  and that has become a cult classic (with a Criterion dvd release no less).
I thought this thing was a kick. And Bud's "Kingdom of the Spiders" with Bill Shatner is good too! Fug all yall that don't like 'em!
Re: The Day Time Ended
Reply #15. Posted on February 01, 2009, 09:58:55 PM by Dave B
I wish this movie could be remastered because I love this piece of fun 80's TV 5/5
Re: The Day Time Ended
Reply #16. Posted on February 27, 2009, 02:00:50 AM by Alex
This movie was awesome back in the 80's, it really brings back a lot of good memories. I agree and wish they remastered it.  TeddyR
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