Tag Archives: UFOs

It’s Better to Stay Behind than Escape From Area 51 …

4 Sep

Escape from Area 51 (2021) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Cleopatra Entertainment

Available on VOD 

Home Video & Soundtrack Release
Sept 7th (Amazon link)

Not every movie about UFOs deals with conspiracies. The sci-fi stoner comedy Escape From Area 51 momentarily plays with the storm Area 51 movement–which was what caught my attention–before dealing with the plot at hand. This movie’s story pairs well with Shae Sterling’s Alien Addiction for its low brow humour. I’m certain there is no family connection with David Sterling, the producer behind this work. It’s doubtful that director Eric Mittleman, who also co-wrote with Ted Chalmers, Carlos Perez and Robert Rhine, even knows of the New Zealand made film.

Curiosity seekers may well be hard pressed to find something to like about this work. It’s basically a T&A schlocky feature with a lot of sexual innuendo that will get fans of Donna D’Errico (Baywatch) giggling. She plays the alien who was locked up at the facility and when she makes the mistake of using her alien tech; it draws Sklarr’s attention (Chris Browning, Sons of Anarchy). He’s been scouring the galaxy because there was a War of the Worlds between their civilizations in the past… Well, maybe; I had to make this joke somehow.

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Daring to Crack Into Linnea Quigley’s Paranormal Truth

7 Apr

vlcsnap-2021-04-06-18h52m52s752By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Maha Films
Coming soon to
Amazon Prime & Tubi

Horror icon Linnea Quigley doesn’t always get to the Paranormal Truth in this new pseudo-documentary series. When considering these types of programs don’t always include a disclaimer the ideas presented are for entertainment purposes only, viewers should be reminded the ideas presented are just theories. A few episodes do offer valid reasons on why these horrors are relevant in pop culture, but not all of them are conclusive. I particularly found the revelation of why some people have adopted a vampiric lifestyle and why we love zombies in film more engaging. The episode about the history of witchcraft is honest than construed (to note: the best look into the origins of this practise is the first episode of Mystic Britain).

It’s tough to be current even when recent research doesn’t have the answers. Not even Paul Beban‘s Paranormal Declassified (2020) have revelations–their best episodes include Cattle Mutilations and the Skinwalkers. On the opposite side of this world is the search for Bigfoot. This show suggests “most recent” sightings occur in Ohio. Paranormal Truth alleges that there are some investigators who would rather hunt down and kill one–which can curse them for life–instead of studying them proper like Jane Goodall.

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From Volcanic UFOs to Crop Circle Realities…

3 Apr

Volcanic UFO Mysteries (2021) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on Prime Video and iTunes.

Anyone who thinks they’ve run out of Ancient Aliens to watch can easily hit streaming services to get their dose of UFOs until the little green men finally land. This History Channel program is no stranger to Hollow Earth theories, and the fact that there are also unidentified submerged objects (USOs) doesn’t mean they are treading water. But to understand the types that enter volcanoes require watching Volcanic UFO Mysteries by Stephen Bassett and Darcy Weir

The latter has been prolific of late with documentaries on this subject, and he’s the mind behind Crop Circle Realities. To really cover the gambit of both subtopics means covering where else these unidentified or landmarks appear in. 

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It’s An Alien Addiction, not Abduction with Shae Sterling!

16 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

On Demand, Blu-ray and DVD

Release Date:
September 29

Gravitas Ventures

Shae Sterling is a tremendous talent in New Zealand. He’s worked with international talents like Snoop Dogg and is better known for his music video work with local artists. He’s also collaborated with Stan Walker (The X Factor) and the list does not end there! Plus, he’s the director of the documentary sports racing series High Octane. To become a fully fledged filmmaker, however, means making a proper debut with the crazy stoner comedy, Alien Addiction!

Going into making genre films isn’t without its own unique set of challenges–especially concerning special effects–but I feel he’s done a remarkable job. 15 years is more than enough in one industry to develop one’s skills. A different question is whether this film would play with UFO lore from this region. This country is famous for one instance–The Kaikoura Lights–but as for whether this movie would explore this further or stand on its own is a decision this director no doubt had to figure out. His choice to do sit-com is much needed when the there’s been a lot of similar films released this year.

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Playing at Fantasia 2020: The Prophet And The Space Aliens

23 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Playing at Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020 on August 23, 2pm. Buy your virtual ticket here.

Rael may be kooky. He’s not at all spooky. The cult is hardly ooky. What we see in The Prophet and the Space Aliens is simply about family. That’s where this documentary shines. We see the people as they are together rather than the devotion which follows this self-proclaimed prophet everywhere. 

Although this person believes in UFOs and that all the major figureheads from world religions are from space, the insights offered don’t say too much why. As for explaining the other nuances of how this life path works, none of it comes through as preachy. Viewers are left to decide if this oddball religion is for real or not. For the most part, this film by Yoav Shamir is more biopic than gospel.

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