Time Walker (1982)

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Time Walker (1982)

Post  BoG on Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:55 am


What's Happening: Missing Egyptian mummy is really an alien in suspended animation
Famous For: Dull combination of The Awakening and E.T.
Mentioning even the first of these movies, above, makes Time Walker sound much better than it really is. Virtually nothing - not characters, images, or ideas - makes you want to keep watching. Ninety percent of the movie depicts boring professors and students figuring out what viewers already know: the mummy wasn't stolen; it's really an alien that has reawakened from suspended animation and now wanders around seeking to recover five glowing gems. TV star Ben Murphy is awful as the professor-hero. John Stanley calls it "lethargic, lumbering." There is little explanation or payoff, even when we find that the alien isn't evil and just wants to go home. Under the wraps, it has the typical smooth head and big black eyes. I'll admit I enjoyed some green-tinted mummy's-eye-view steadycam shots. The early-80s garb, especially during a college costume party two thirds through, is good for minor camp. A.k.a. "Being from Another Planet."

Goldweber, David Elroy (2012-06-14). Claws & Saucers: Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Film: A Complete Guide: 1902-1982 (Kindle Locations 70955-70983). David E. Goldweber. Kindle Edition.
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