We know you’re probably busy watching reruns of Nine: Nine Time Travels, and frankly, we don’t blame you. We’ll probably do the same thing in just a bit. But for now, we thought we’d do a roundup of some famous forays in time travel. From the obvious Back to the Future, to the not-so-obvious Army of Darkness, to the just plain bizarre Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, journey with us back in time.
1. Army of Darkness
The third and final installment in The Evil Dead trilogy, this Sam Raimi dark fantasy was released in 1992. The film centers around Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) who is pulled through a time portal and sent to 1300 AD where he’s mistakenly enslaved.
2. Doctor Who
This BBC television series (made into two feature films and a television movie) centers around Why The Doctor, an extraterrestrial from the planet of Gallifrey. Doc travels through time and space in a time machine called the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space).
3. Donnie Darko
If you haven’t seen this one, it’s a bit tough to summarize: Donnie is a troubled teenager who is awoken one day by Frank, a figure in a giant bunny costume, who tells him that the world will end in 28 days. After Frank brings up time travel, Donnie becomes obsessed, and seeks out a fictional book called The Philosophy of Time Travel.
4. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Before there were Judd Apatow buddy comedies, there were Bill & Ted, two high school friends who travel through time to assemble a group of historical figures for a history presentation. The time machine is sent by Rufus, a figure from the future, who has been tasked to make sure that the boys do not fail.
5. Austin Powers: Goldmember
In the third and final installment (are we sensing a theme?) in the Austin Powers franchise, Mr. Powers must travel back in time to 1975 in order to capture Johan van der Smut, AKA “Goldmember,” who is working with Dr. Evil on a tractor beam to melt the world’s polar ice caps, and thus flooding the world.
The year: post-apocolypic 2029. Artificial intelligence machines are seeking to wipe out what’s left of Earth. Two beings travel back in time to 1984, one an assassin and one a human resistance fighter, in search of Sarah Connor. Conan the Barbarian might have put him on the map, but this was the film that made Arnold Schwarzenergger a bonafide star.
7. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
This is the third film on our list to be the third in a franchise. In-ter-es-ting! Hermoine receives a time turner from Professor McGonagall that allows her to attend more than one class at the same time (can you say brainiac?). One simply twists the hourglass pendant the number of hours he or she wants to travel back and SHAZAM.
8. Hot Tub Time Machine
The Kodiak Valley Ski Resort is the destination for three down-on-their luck friends. During a wild night in the resort’s hot tub, they spill an illegal Russian energy drink on the hot tub’s controls. Whoops. The next day they wake up to find it’s twenty-four years earlier!
9. Back To The Future
When you say film and time travel in the same sentence, there’s one movie that most certainly comes to mind for most, and that’s this one! The trilogy (yep, another trilogy), centers around Marty McFly and eccentric scientist Emmett L. Brown. The unlikely pair use the doctor’s DeLorean time machine (which he built himself) to travel through time to various periods throughout history.
Can you think of any other examples of time travel in film? Tell us in the comments below?