By St. Marla's Journal contributor Emily-Ann Elizabeth Trautman.
Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time Part 2, is a light and fun watch, despite the sometimes gruesome nature of the horror and Sci-Fi film genres. A quote from the beginning of the documentary states that the ultimate cult film is something that never gets old and can be played over and over again. This documentary delves into classics such as “Night of the Living Dead,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “A Clockwork Orange” and more. Fans of cult films, such as myself, know that with the obsession of these films goes hand in hand with research about them. Time Warp brings directors, actors, and film critics alike together for the ultimate deeper look into the history of these beloved horror and Sci-Fi cult classics.
This intriguing documentary not only gives its viewer an inside look at how the films were made, but speaks on historical aspects and turning points in film. One example is Duane Jones, the African American actor in “Night of the Living Dead,” who lived past the first five minutes of the film. This was a first for the horror film industry in ’68 and set an important precedent for African American actors and horror films to follow. Viewers will also learn of the raw directorial choices in films like “Evil Dead” where the actors would actually get cut up or hurt themselves running through the woods, or the choice to use a shotgun to blow out a window with camera men in close proximity, rather than the safer route of special effects. The film is also chocked full of tidbits of intriguing cult fan trivia such as the improvisational technique of “The Human Centipede” where there was no script at all, just paragraph descriptions of the scene to be filmed. Or even the fact that there is a copy of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.
Fans of Sci-Fi are not forgotten in this documentary. Viewers can look forward to behind the scenes looks into films that set the tone for Sci-Fi movies to come such as “Blade Runner” or “The Brother From Another Planet.” Time Warp also delves into movies such as, “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension” that might even surprise the most devoted cult film fan. Interviews from actors like Jeff Goldblum provide a nostalgic addition to the celebration of these Sci-Fi cult films. Unfortunately, the Sci-Fi heavy latter half of the documentary falls flat in comparison to the horror content in the beginning. Perhaps it would have been more successful if there was more of a blend of the two genres throughout.
Overall, Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time Part 2 is a delightful inside look at cult films that will teach any fan of the genre something new. It not only gives history and insight to the horror and Sci-Fi industry’s start, but will most likely give the viewer inspiration to watch some cult films they may have never heard of before.