reply to post by Orkojoker
I think the reason that there have been very few, if any, good UFO movies (not "alien invasion" movies) is because the topic of UFOs is highly
ridiculed by the public. It's the kind of thing that people have been conditioned to make fun of, and they do, their entire lives ---until/unless
they finally see one for real. Then it's a different story and they realize there's more to the world than they've been led to believe.
I imagine that before the invention and proliferation of television, people might have spent more time outside at night. Before radio, people might
have been outside watching the celestial spectacle, maybe telling stories around a backyard fire when the weather was good. And, even with the advent
of radio, maybe they had the radio playing as they sat on their porches watching for shooting stars ----what an imagination inducer. Think of it: no
light pollution, bright stars and planets, the Milky Way, shooting stars... Anyway, once TV came around, people herded themselves INSIDE, watching
programming. So, just when the height of the UFO age came about (early 1950s), people were inside watching irresistable programming while the skies
were filled with strange, glowing objects buzzing to and from.
UFO (again, NOT alien invasion) movies don't go over too well to a public that's been conditioned to believe in simple explanations (via Occam's Razor
-they don't fail to pound that point home in high school, do they?) instead of considering the possibility. Einstein himself said that imagination is
more powerful and important than knowledge. So, it's no surprise that a true UFO movie would not sell well, unless written and/or directed by a
master like Spielberg.
The UFO subject may not offer too many movies, but it does offer its BEST genre: the documentary. There, you will find COUNTLESS ones. WARNING,
though, only in the last few years has the topic been well-treated by documentaries. And, even today, there is still a tendency by a minority of
documentaries to discredit. In the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, UFO documentaries usually started off GREAT, but by mid-to late show, -certainly by the
end- skeptics using straw-man arguments would discredit the sightings and explain them away with some mundane proclamation. Like Stanton Friedman
says (speaking as a skeptic), "Don't bother me with the facts, I've already made up my mind," and "Investigation by proclamation." However, with
shows like UFO HUNTERS, UFO FILES and especially ANCIENT ALIENS (which deals more with UFOs than you might expect from the title), the producers have
more control than in the past, and evidence is fairly presented.
Back in the 70s there were a couple of UFO movie/documentaries. Any of you remember that age, when documentaries about cool things like Bigfoot, the
Bermuda Triangle and UFOs were released at the theater? Also, consider checking out some radio shows (like Coast to Coast AM) interviews about UFOs
that have been posted to Youtube, some with visuals, some without. Either way, it's sort of a return to the days of radio, when you could sit outside
at night, and look into the sky while letting your imagination run wild...
edit on 27-4-2012 by GhostLancer because: Typo