My Science Project

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Anwar, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Anwar

    Anwar Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Does anyone remember this movie? It was a mid-80s film, came out about a month after "Back to the Future" IIRC.

    An alien ship crashed in the 50s, and the only surviving component was the engine (a space-time warping thing). It ends up forgotten and left in an abandoned junkyard shelter for 30 years until a teenager finds it and figures it would make a cool science project. Turns out it absorbs electricity and without a ship to power it just opens random space warps around it. Kind of goes out of hand once the science teacher (Dennis Hopper?!) plugs it into the city power grid.

    I was in the crib around then, so my first experience was seeing it on TV in the early 90s. A little freaky for a kid, but still funny enough to be enjoyable, though I missed the start so I never knew the Orb device-thing was from an alien ship. I always figured it was just some random thing the hero found in a junkyard. Didn't get what they meant when they kept saying "warp" either. 20 years of Doctor Who and Star Trek later it all makes a lot more sense.

    Anyone else seen this?
     
  2. stonester1

    stonester1 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Yep, got it. Its in my DVD library. Fun 80s comedy science fiction.
     
  3. FordSVT

    FordSVT Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Loved this movie when I was a kid, the final scene at the end with the T-Rex was awesome at the time, probably the coolest looking dino on screen pre-Jurassic Park. No jokes!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mtE2reXGzA
     
  4. Anwar

    Anwar Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Apparently, foreign distributors renamed this "Time Busters" because they thought it worked out as a Ghostbusters-type story. I can see why, because even the Poster looks kind of like Ghostbusters!

    When I saw this on TV, I believe it was broadcast with the title "Adventures in the 4th Dimension" or something like that. I don't think my little kid self would've had much interest in a movie called "My Science Project", the subtlety would've gone over my head.
     
  5. CaptMurdock

    CaptMurdock Commodore Commodore

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    This is a fun little movie. One of the interesting twists is that the main hero is not the science nerd (played by Raphael Sbarge) but the greaser muscle-car guy (John Stockwell) and his expat Brooklyn sidekick (Fisher Stevens, in one of his most hilarious roles). Also, Dennis Hopper plays the science teacher, an ex-hippie (at one point Hopper dons his old Easy Rider get-up for a time trip back to the sixties). Definitely a popcorn turn-off-your-brain 80's flick.