Monday, December 3, 2012

movie talk with Christopher Knowles

There is an almost forgotten genre of film-making that emerged in a narrow chapter of the early 1970's. Within this sub-set is a messy blending of creepy occult, ancient aliens and UFO abduction, and many of these were made for TV movies. Something weird emerged that seems quite evocative looking back on it now.

I apologize in advance, Chris and I get into in a way that might seem annoying. It might feel like you are eavesdropping on two film dweebs at a comic book convention. To me it was totally nerd-tastic, but the uninitiated might not be able to keep up with our reflexive one-upmanship dialog.

two hours / 50 minutes

We talk about The Stranger Within, The Cage (and lots of other Star Trek episodes), The Crimson Cult, Hangar 18, Night Slaves, Stephen King's Tommyknockers, Simon King of the Witches, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, In Search Of, the evangelical documentary Ancient Aliens De-Bunked, a series of 70's UFO documentaries with Rod Serling, the Stargate series, Mission from Mars, author Bruce Rux, the complicity of NASA in this weird mess, The Outer Limits, Night Slaves, Jeff Kripal, Jacques Vallee, remote viewing, Russel Targ, The Norrlis Tapes, The Invaders, Quinn Martin, The Mephisto Waltz, God Told Me To, Bedeviled with Louis Jourdan, Bill Cooper, Hangar 18, Jack Webb's Project UFO and the genesis of the X-Files. (Whew!)

Four movies that tap into the unknown

Barbara Eden and her unborn alien baby

Night Slaves, mass abduction and UFO mind-control

The Crimson Cult, a Hammer wanna-be

Hangar 18, seeding the Roswell reality

The Ancient Astronaut Theory is interwoven into many of these movies. Adding to the overall strangeness is a blurring between occult satanic themes and the UFO abduction lore.

Chris has two important sites, The Secret Sun and The Solar Satellite.

Check this out, posted at 1:23 PM!


Red Pill Junkie said...

Really enjoyable movie conversations, Mike! Maybe you could add small snippets of the audio of the movies mentioned in the future, as a way to 'share the flavah' with the listeners ;)

gheron said...

+ 1 to RPJ. They do this on the Zrealm podcast (discussing AMC's the Walking Dead) and it works great.

I love movies, so this is a great interview for me. I am probably a bit more positive about the future of cinema than Chris, as it seems to me to be getting easier for people to make and distribute their own movies without needing the studio system and massive budgets.

Here's an interesting series form the UK that terrified a generation of kids- it's up on youtube,

Anyway gotta go. I have a whole load on 1970's TV movies to watch on youtube :).

Lucretia Heart said...

I'll be checking several of these out in the next few days-- but I just have to say you should add the British series The Prisoner to this genre. Maybe it was a little earlier, but it had some interesting themes about mind control and big government and odd realities and tech that was far ahead of the civilian population...