BEYOND THE TIME BARRIER
Beyond the Time Barrier was made by Edgar G. Ulmer, a German emigre who developed a minor cult into the 1960s, on the basis of his perversely charged The Black Cat (1941) and the film noir Detour (1944). Mostly though, Edgar G. Ulmers output was undistinguished and rarely deserving of his critical acceptance. He did make a number of B genre films, including the likes of The Man from Planet X (1951), Daughter of Dr Jekyll (1957) and The Lost Kingdom/Journey Beneath the Desert/Siren of Atlantis (1961). Ulmer shot Beyond the Time Barrier at the same time and on the same sets as his cheapie invisible man film The Amazing Transparent Man (1960) both films were reportedly made within only a total of two weeks.
Beyond the Time Barrier is routine in most regards. The plot is a generic time travel/mutants of the future story with no surprises. It does offer up an almost-plausible piece of pure science-fictional hokum in regard to explaining its time travel the heros experimental plane reached a speed that surpassed the velocity of the galaxy and in a situation analogous to inertia it skipped ahead of time. Edgar G. Ulmer is clearly working on too much of a rushed schedule to display any visual flair, although some imagination does occasionally show through. The scene in the mutant cells almost touches upon something stylised and Expressionistic the cell full of stark, angular grilles casting bold shadows and the bald-headed mutants gathering in group formation. It is almost like something out of Metropolis (1927).
The other plus about Beyond the Time Barrier is the sets. Ulmer filmed at the site of the 1959 Texas State Fair in Dallas, making use of several leftover futuristic exhibits. With considerable ingenuity, he has managed to reuse the same pyramidal structures and low ceilings, endlessly rearranging them to achieve modestly effective results on a painfully low budget. Elsewhere though, the effects look cheap the single matte painting of the city of the future looks static and unconvincing.
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