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- Acting of Supporting Cast
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- Historical Importance
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Giant Spiders from the Future!
- Carson Powers
I remember seeing this movie on a weekly science fiction program called "Strange Tales of Science Fiction" on KHJ-TV in Los Angeles back in the early 60's. By today's standards, some of it may be laughable, but to a 6 year old kid with a phobia of spiders, it was terrifying. I was saddened to hear of Rod Taylor passing away today. RIP Mr. Taylor, may you forever travel through time, smite the Morlocks, and rebuild man's future with Weena by your side.
- Madd Coww
Generally excellent acting and good story, with interesting space travel technology. When we got to the "spiders" (from Mars?), I knew we had traveled to a different dimension completely. I thought it was fun and extremely entertaining, though it definitely is not Star Wars.
Not too bad
Saw this several times when i was a kid and it stuck with me. Watching it now, decades later, it still holds up given the limitations of its time and budget. What I particularly liked were the small details, such as a casual reference to how the underground people got their air, or the use of "magnetic gravity" on board the spaceship (okay, at least they didn't ignore why they weren't weightless). Sure the spaceship just happens to land where the crew can just happen to find civilization, a true spider couldn't grow that big, and one can quibble about the implied sexism (and didn't any non-Caucasians survive?). But it's still a fun to watch and with both a reasonable message and a positive ending. Enjoy it as a fast moving story with folks acting pretty much like you expect they would. And what more can you ask for?
Influences on Future SF
- Taylor Christophe
Early on it becomes obvious that this film influenced the ideas of future screen writers. The journey from the downed space craft (though a short one) and the subsequent discussion the astronauts have about their families being long dead points to Planet of the Apes (1968). An argument can be made that Gene Roddenberry borrowed several scenes for use in "The Menagerie" (from the initial sliding doors in the cave, the attitudes of the undergound dwellers to the battle with Naga, leader of the "Mutates"). The final battle with the Mutates is eerily similar to "Galileo 7" episode of Star Trek (right down to the rocky set, spearing throwing and "spear to the back")Beneath the Planet of the Apes borrows several set ideas, costumes and attitudes of the underground dwellers. The laughable giant spider in the cave concept found its way in later years to Gilligan's Island.
TRULY A 57 YEAR OLD PREDICTION
- Bill Ellis
57 years ago! This movie predicts what we are today. There would be no mathematicians, no scientists, etc. The people became followers, not innovators, weaklings, afraid of resistance, had no weapons. It was low quality but said so much about what we are becoming.
"World Without End", A score to settle
- Mike H
I think this movie has many weaknesses:* The lack of any explanation for the space-time warp.* The climatic change as theydescend the mountain from snow and ice to greenerie and flowing water. Seems a bit sudden.* Special effects: Weak, at best. Rocket effects as good as 1930s Flash Gordon; maybe.* Acting: Not horrible, nothing special.* Story: A family resemblence to many post-atomic SF films of the 1950s.On the bright side, much of the acting at least reaches the level of the material provided. Rod taylor chews up the scenery admirably. The script, while not oscar level, is entertaining enough to hold one's attention. The musical underscore ... That, I must admit I have a sneaking affection for.The film could not have had a big musical budget, but what it has, it uses with skill and creativity. Where the effects are poor and the story weak, the music does it's job by carrying things forward in the way that feels better than the movie actually looks or sounds.Nothing more can be asked of musical accompaniment in a film.IMHO.
A PRESCIENT FORERUNNER
Building upon the futuristic H.G. Wells classic, "The Time Machine," we are introduced to a postapocalpytic world divided between populations of horrid, savage mutated people -- "mutates" -- and a world of civilized, tech-adept survivors whose apparently testosterone-deficient males leave the leggy, mini-clad women anxious to meet our quartet of manly explorers from 1957 Earth. This is produced four years before the same scenario was explored in the 1960 MGM / George Pal film of the same name. In "World Without End," Wells' fiction is augmented by some of the latest Einstiniean concepts of time and relativity that science fiction audiences were just being exposed to; we'd be seeing them again a decade later in such as Star Trek's "Tomorrow is Yesterday." Speaking of "The Time Machine," Rod Taylor! The "Time Machine" star is staking out his time-traveler credentials right here! He's the handsome, posing-topless example of men as they ought to be. We also get plenty of 50s-era cheesecake -- though with less gusto than in "Queeen of Outer Space," which I think was about the DISCOVERY of statuesque, actress/model beautiful women on Venus. We get really tacky giant spiders, and not leastly full Cinemascope color! This looks great as an HD remaster. And in the end, [SPOILER ALERT] the conflict climaxes in what I gleefully enjoyed as an amazing foreshadowing of what to expect from future science fiction. Have the captain square off ala James T. Kirk with the leader of the Morlocks -- I mean "mutate" savages -- some man-to-man combat to set straight a civilization and win the close, hot embrace of the lovely native girl.Demerit this movie if you must for, again, the appalling spider monsters, or the fact that it was produced, according to IMDB, as a B-movie. Even with it's reliance on a cheesy monster and cheesecakey leg models, and sets that don't seem to try very hard, this is a movie, with a comparative minimum of silliness, predicts the future of the genre.
- Royce B.
The plot always struck me as having been influenced by Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales as well as H.G. Wells.
One of my favorites growing up
- D. Lagarde
...loved this movie as a kid and especially Deena. This is also one of the first (if not the first) to bring up time travel, light speed, and the far future (or maybe it was Time Machine, but still...) Unlike Time Machine, a more likely scenario in a case of nuclear war--that the mutants love on top not underground as with Time Machine--would be the World Without End scenario, with a happy ending of educating above ground normals along with the few below ground kids. Damned good cinematography and script as well. This is probably the first in a long line of "far future Earth mutants vs. normals armeggedon type movies" that came later, such as Planet of the Apes, and, IMHO, just as good if not better.
"B"MOVIE , WITH "A" QUALITY
ONE OF THE FIRST SCI-FI"S IN COLOR WITH A GOOD CAST WORKING A GOOD SCRIPT. ALLIED ARTIST SPENT THIER BUDGET ON THIS ONE. LOOK FOR A PRE-TIME MACHINE ROD TAYLOR IN THIS GEM