There are scads of low-budget movies on Netflix, but that’s no indication of quality. Sure, you can find plenty of awful B-movies and amateur debuts, but there are also plenty of gems. Take, for example, The Florida Project, a critically acclaimed film shot entirely on an iPhone. Good low-budget sci-fi films are a bit harder to find, but this 2017 thriller delivers what it promises and more.
At first glance, Time Trap looks like a cheap knockoff of The Descent. Just like The Descent, it starts with a strange cold open, and then introduces the main characters as they prepare for a cave exploration adventure. But while the cave in The Descent contained merely nothing but monsters, the cave in Time Trap holds something far more terrifying.
The film opens with Professor Hopper, played by Andrew Wilson (elder brother to Owen and Luke), as he explores the mouth of a cave, seeing a mysterious figure that looks…not of this time. He then ventures in further, encountering what looks like an ethereal wall.
After Hopper goes missing, his grad students Taylor and Jackie decide to go into the cave he was researching, and bring along their friend Cara, along with her kid sister Veeves and Veeves’s best friend Furby. As everyone except for Furby rappels down into the cave, they realize something is up with the way the sun looks.