Time Travel remains one of the more popular and explored science fiction plot devices in movie history. It’s a fascinating concept we can all relate to or dream about, and the time machine is designed to take us there. We’ve all dreamt about going backward in time to fix a mistake or have more time with that beloved person who’s left us. Similarly, we have all day dreamed about going forward in time to see how the world has progressed or a peak into our own or our friend’s lives a few decades down the line.
In science fiction movies, adventurous characters use time machines to ferry them back and forth throughout time. Here now are some of the coolest time travel machines which have time to spare.
‘The Time Machine’ – H.G. Wells Victorian Time Chair
H.G. Wells is arguably the father of time travel – at least in the literary sense. His 1895 novel was used as the basis of George Pal’s movie The Time Machine (1960). The time machine in the film is little more than a fancy chair, however we not only buy the notion it could travel around in time, we’d love to take a seat and ride along.
The movie’s signature prop is still regarded as not only classic for the movie itself, but an inviting thing we’d all love to be able to really use. A large spinning brass wheel in the back is the ‘time engine’ – while levers topped off by jewel like crystals control the ebb and flow of temporal energy. There may be flashier or more streamlined time machines created, but George Pal’s version is still the one most think of when someone says time travel.
‘Back To The Future’ – The DeLorean Time Machine
He may be all but forgotten, but his car with the signature horizontal opening doors is a pop culture classic.
The DeLorean – the automobile that is – is immortalized in the science fiction classic Back To The Future (1985) starring Michael J. Fox. Loveable loon mad scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) uses a flashy DeLorean car to make a time machine that really works. Doc Brown said it used a “flux capacitor” and needed 1.21 gigawatts of power for proper time travel.
Real life time travel car designer John DeLorean probably would have loved to use a time machine to fix the circumstances around his criminal charges. Although he was found not guilty of helping to launder or finance a drug crime, the charges hung over John DeLorean for the rest of his life.
‘The Terminator’ – Nude Time Travel
Traveling naked is pretty liberating to say the least. Traveling in time while nude is just plain classic.
Director James Cameron’s The Terminator (1984), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton was a rousing action flick about a cybernetic assassin (Schwarzenegger) programmed to change the future by killing someone in the past. Amid all the car chases and gunfire, the time travel gimmick employed by Cameron to get California governor Schwarzenegger’s buff physique into the past is certainly among the most unique.
The actual mode or machine to time travel isn’t the important nor the unique element, but the way in which a time traveler must travel is – that is they must be nude to make the trip. Something with the technical aspects of the time travel gadget to whisk people into the past and back to the future prohibits any clothing or mechanical devices like guns. This plot device made the Mr. Universe winning bodybuilder show off his title winning body in Cameron’s sci-fi film. All jokes aside, the prospect of going into a violent past or a nightmare future wearing only your birthday suit makes for quite a wild movie ride and makes this kind of movie time travel definitely one for only “bare” necessities.
Time travel will always be cool and compelling, but time machines like the DeLorean seen in Back To The Future, The Terminator’s “naked” mode of time travel and the Victorian Age time chair of George Pal’s movie based on H.G. Well’s novel The Time Machine will most certainly be the fascinating standards by which all future time travel machines are judged in any age.