The Day Time Ended

The Day Time Ended is a 1980 American science fiction film directed by John 'Bud' Cardos and starring Jim Davis, Christopher Mitchum and Dorothy Malone.

The Day Time Ended
Directed byJohn Cardos
Produced byCharles Band
Paul Gentry
Steve Neill
Wayne Schmidt
Written byJ. Larry Carroll
Steve Neill
Wayne Schmidt
David Schmoeller
StarringJim Davis
Dorothy Malone
Christopher Mitchum
Scott Kolden
Narrated byJim Davis
Music byRichard Band
CinematographyJohn Arthur Morrill
Edited byTed Nicolaou
Distributed byCompass International Pictures
Release date
  • November 1980 (1980-11)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budgetest. $600,000

The film was originally titled Earth's Final Fury; this was changed to Vortex, which was considered more likely to sell tickets. The final title came for unknown reasons.


A small family relocates to the Sonoran Desert to be closer to the grandparents of the family. Though there are news reports of a spectacular triple supernova and the young granddaughter has seen a glowing alien construction behind the barn, the family is at ease until, one night, a UFO soars overhead and appears to land in the nearby hills. Apparently, the triple supernova has opened a rift in space and time. The family finds that their electrical appliances no longer function, and the youngest daughter of the family has a telepathic encounter with an extraterrestrial. The grandmother, too, sees one of these diminutive creatures beckoning to her, but it soon vanishes.

The grandfather, while trying to start the car, sees that a strange animal is approaching from the distance. The grandfather goes back inside and informs the family that something is coming; before long, a variety of horrific, alien monsters (all of these creatures being of a reptilian or amphibious nature) are proceeding to slaughter each other outside the house; some are trying to break in and kill the family. After a few moments, the UFO appears again and teleports the creatures to a different place. The family take this opportunity to escape to the barn. The family become separated from one another and each hides until sunrise, where they find that they have been launched thousands of years into the future. They meet up with the daughter, who had become separated from the family during one of the time-warp events. She tells them that everything is going to be fine now. After walking across the desert, they finally see a domed city in the distance, and decide to seek refuge there. The grandfather proclaims that there must be a purpose to all of this. The family walks towards the city.



The film was originally conceived by script writers Steve Neill, Paul Gentry, and Wayne Schmidt. The three offered a script for another project to producer Charles Band, who thought it was too expensive to make but offered to produce a science-fiction film if it was based in one or two locations.[1]


The movie was released on video cassette in 1997 under Charles Bands' Full Moon Studios as part of their "Cult Video" collection.[2]


In Creature Feature, the movie received 2 out of 5 stars, finding the effects nice and the cast watchable, but the story slight. [3]

Marcy Lafferty was nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" at the 7th Saturn Awards, but lost to Veronica Cartwright for Alien.[4]

Mystery Science Theater 3000Edit

The film is one of six movies featured in Season 12 of Mystery Science Theater 3000.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Meyers, Richard (March 1980). "The Past, Present, & Future Collide... The Day Time Ended". Famous Monsters of Filmland. No. 161. pp. 58–61.
  2. ^ "To Avoid Fainting". Psychotronic Video. No. 26. 1997. p. 8.
  3. ^ Stanley, J. (2000) Creature Feature: 3rd Edition
  4. ^ "1979 7th Saturn Awards". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006.
  5. ^ Evangelista, Chris (November 12, 2018). "'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Season 12 Trailer Unleashes 'Mac and Me' and More Awful Movies". SlashFilm. Retrieved November 12, 2018.

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