Terror from the Year 5000 (1958)

66m, 74m
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Robert J. Gurney Jr.

Plot Summary

Professor Erling and his financier Victor design and build a working time machine which they are able to use to retrieve objects from various points in time. But when they capture a statuette from the year 5200 AD, They get more than they bargained for when they bring back a visitor from the future…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Robert J. Gurney Jr
© MCMLVIII [1958] La Jolla Productions
American International Pictures [logo]. Presented by James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff. An American International picture
Executive Producers: James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff
Produced by: Robert J. Gurney Jr
Associate Producer: Gene Searchinger
Production Supervisor: Beatrice Gurney
Production Coordinator: Mark Hanna
Written by: Robert J. Gurney Jr
Assistant Director: Jack Diamond
Script Clerk: Anita Hathaway
Photographed by: Arthur Florman
Head Grip: Jack Wallace
Film Editor: Dede Allen
Sound Engineer: Bob Hathaway
Makeup: Rudolph Liszt
Properties: Gus Bockway
Scenic Designer: Bill Hoffman
Locations: Dade County, Florida, USA *

Ward Costello (Robert Hedges)
Joyce Holden (Claire Erling)
Frederic Downs (Professor Howard Erling)
John Stratton (Victor)
Salome Jens (the visitor/nurse)
Fred Herrick (Angelo)
Beatrice Furdeaux (Miss Blake)
Jack Diamond (1st lab technician)
Fred Taylor (2nd lab technician)
Bill Downs (Joe the bartender)
William Cost (Dr Blair)

Alternative Titles

Cage of Doom – UK title
The Girl from 5,000 A.D.
Terror from 5,000 A.D.



  • Monthly Film Bulletin January 1959 p.4 – credits, review
  • Variety 5 November 1958 p.7 – credits, review


  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.40-41 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.359 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.483 – credits