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Open Minds: UFOs Invading Hollywood

Open Minds magazine features a cover story on “UFOs Invading Hollywood.” As the title indicates, it looks at the long and continuing history of Hollywood fascination with UFOs and aliens, and how the industry is trying to keep up with meeting public demand for narratives in film and television that include these elements. A preview […]

Scientists: Aliens May Invade Earth Because of Global Warming

Once again science fiction intersects with reality. In a recent example media reports brought together concerns over global warming with the fears of alien invasion. The Guardian described one possible scenario: It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive […]

Blurred Lines: Science Fiction, Horror, Science & Entertainment

The lines between science and entertainment are blurred these days. This is especially the case when it comes to things related to horror, science fiction, and the paranormal. This is evident in an upcoming program on the National Geographic Channel addressing the possibility of alien invasion in “When Aliens Attack” which will air on May […]

2011′s “Battle: Los Angeles” Expands 1942 UFO Military Incident

In the 1950s horror films changed course from the supernatural, the Gothic, and from the mad scientist cautionary tale to expressions of cultural fears of communism and cultural conformity through the metaphor of alien invasion. In the 21st century alien invasion continues to be a popular venue for the expression of our collective fears, but […]

Extraterrestrials and UFOs in the News

Two significant news stories surfaced over the last couple of days that involve extraterrestrials and UFOs. In the first story, several U.S. Air Force officers have come forward claiming that as recently as 2003 several bases with nuclear weapons were visited by and vulnerable to UFOs. As Gather.com reports: Claims of UFOs circling nukes and […]

MONSTERS: Reverse SETI Apocalyptic

A new horror film debuts at the end of October titled Monsters. The film’s website describes the plot: Six years ago previously, a NASA probe returning to earth with samples of an alien life form, crashed over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear, and half of Mexico was quarantined as an […]

Roswell: Happy Anniversary

No adequate consideration of American cultural celebrations for the month of July would be complete without a mention of Roswell, New Mexico. In July 1947 on a rancher’s land near the small city of Roswell, an event took place that would give birth to one of the greatest mysteries which would fuel UFO mythology and […]

Paul Meehan: Alien Abductions and Sleep Paralysis

Paul Meehan is a contributor here at TheoFantastique as regular readers will recall. He is the author of a number of books including Saucer Movies: A UFOlogical History of the Cinema (The Scarecrow Press, 1998),┬áCinema of the Psychic Realm (McFarland, 2009), and Tech-Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir (McFarland, 2008). He has […]

Stephen Hawking: Aliens May Pose Risk

Over the decades science fiction and horror have alternated in their depiction of alien visitation between concepts of invasion and attack on the one hand, and the benign or loving, at times divine sage on the other hand. Some filmmakers have even wrestled with both treatments, such as Steven Spielberg, who for many years presented […]

Sleeping with the Aliens: Weird Encounters of the Fourth Kind

TheoFantastique is pleased to present its first guest posting, a review of The Fourth Kind by Paul Meehan, author of several books including Tech-Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir (McFarland, 2008), Cinema of the Psychic Realm: A Critical Survey (McFarland, 2009), and Saucer Movies: A UFOlogical History of the Cinema (The Scarecrow […]

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