I don’t remember seeing this as a kid, unlike most of the classic Scifi that I post. I watched it from beginning to end more than 10 years ago and enjoyed this version of one of Wells’ most famous novels. The acting by Rod Taylor was decent, but the attraction for me was the 60s special effects that always seemed to be the highlight of the films George Pal produced. Especially that Time Machine! It was a beautifully designed prop that sold the whole film along with the time-lapse special effects.
The under ground troglodyte race looked a little corny, but I guess that was okay. I will say this – for some reason the 1960 version was more satisfying than the 2002 remake with Guy Pierce, which had its problems, but Samantha Mumba wasn’t one of them.
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