Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

Written, directed, and produced by James Nguyen, this is a tale of romance and, well, software development as birds descend on humanity. He’d also direct the films Julie and JackReplice and Birdemic 2: The Resurrection. There were plans to make the third film in the series, Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle, but it only raised one percent of its goal on Indiegogo and Kickstarter.

This film cost $10,000. Before you see it, you may wonder how that was possible. After you watch it, you’ll wonder where the money went.

Rod, a Silicon Valley software salesman, and Nathalie, an aspiring fashion model, are living a charmed life. His bonus allows him to start his own business, she’s become a Victoria’s Secret model and they both are in love with each other. However, the signs of the end of the world are all around them, with unexplained wildfires and dead birds washing up on beaches.

After a night of passion, Rod and Nathalie wake up to find that their town is under attack from acid-spitting and constantly exploding eagles and vultures. Joining up with an ex-Marine named Ramsey, his girlfriend Becky and two orphans named Susan and Tony, they go from town to town battling birds.

Finally, Rod and Nathalie make their way to a small beach, where our hero battles the birds one more time until doves show up to drive them off. It turns out that the birds want to have peace and decide to give humanity a second chance to fix the environment.

It’d help if the birds weren’t all the same bird, just endlessly and lifelessly rotating in space, oblivious to reality. Then again, no moment of this film feels rooted in the world that we live in.

During filming, Nguyen instructed Whitney Moore (Nathalie) not to socialize with her costar Alan Bagh (Rod) after filming. He also shot without permits and the crew was often kicked out of locations while in the middle of scenes. Nguyen would often flip out at people while filming, which led to Moore telling him not to yell and him refusing to talk to her or direct her for three weeks.

To promote the finished movie, Nguyen took the movie to Sundance, handing out flyers from a van that was covered with stuffed birds and a paper sign that read BIDEMIC.COM (yes, he spelled the name of his own movie incorrectly) and WHY DID THE EAGLES AND VULTURES ATTACKED before premiering the movie at a bar. This caught the eye of Severin Films, who distributed the film. You can grab a copy at their site, while you’re at it.

Tippi Hedren — from the original version of The Birds — appears in the film, but only on a TV via footage from Nguyen’s Julie and Jack.

This is an absolutely ridiculous film and as such, I love it. It’s pretty amazing that one man’s vision — of birds attacking the world as inspired by Hitchcock and Al Gore — went this far.

If you want to watch this, its on Tubi and Amazon Prime. It helps to watch it with Rifftrax help, though. You can also find that streaming for free on Tubi and Amazon Prime.

Houses of Hell: Mask Maker (2010)

A lucky couple hits the jackpot when they purchase a 19th-century plantation home for way less than it’s worth. Determined to get rich quick, they invite their friends up for the weekend to celebrate, but of course, the former residents of the house haven’t left yet. Whoops! Looks like everyone is about to fight for their lives!

Shorter and more to the point: A young and deformed boy witnesses his mother’s death, which ensures that for the rest of his life, he will come back to take revenge on anyone who dares enter his property.

This movie follows the tried and true method of having actors like Terry Kiser (Bernie Lomax!), Michael Berryman (Pluto!) and Treat Williams (umm, Xander Drax?) who draw the eye of those who recognize their names or love horror films, then carry the action with younger people.

Originally made as Maskerade, this has what you’re looking for, if what you’re looking for would be thirty-year-old actors playing college students who are all getting killed with an ax. I mean, sometimes, I am looking for that.

This is one of four movies on Mill Creek Entertainment’s Houses of Hell set. It’s an affordable way to get some scares that you may not have seen otherwise. Plus, you get a free code to save these movies digitally on Mill Creek’s MovieSPREE! site. For more information, check out their site.

This movie is also on Amazon Prime.

DISCLAIMER: This was sent to us by Mill Creek Entertainment.

The Expendables (2010)

Writer David Callaham submitted the first draft of an action film called Barrow to Warner Brothers, revising it several times until it caught the attention of Sylvester Stallone, who used it as a starting point for this ensemble film. Or maybe not — as Nu Image and Millennium Films filed a lawsuit against Callaham and the Writers Guild of America West in 2013 for “fraud, unjust enrichment and declaratory relief over a flawed and misinformed Guild arbitration that gave Callaham undeserved writing credit” for The Expendables series of films.

Regardless, he’s gone on to great success, writing films like DoomHorsemen, 2014’s GodzillaAnt-Man and the upcoming Zombieland: Double TapWonder Woman 1984 and Marvel’s Shang-Chi. And The Expendables films have become big money makers. Hollywood is crazy sometimes, right?

The Expendables are an elite group of mercs who are made up of some of the biggest action stars of the last few decades. Led by Barney Ross (Stallone), they are bladed weapons expert Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), hand-to-hand fighter Yin Yang (Jet Li), one-time mathematics genius and now burned out combat vet Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), weapons specialist Hale Caesar (originally this role was for Wesley Snipes, but it ended up going to Terry Crews) and demolitions expert Toll Road (MMA fighter Randy Couture).

The thrill of this movie is seeing who shows up next, like Mickey Rourke as Tool, the team’s friends, as well as Barney’s rival Trench Mauser (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and CIA boss Mr. Church (Bruce Willis). The mission in this film involves overthrowing a corrupt general who has an army of his own mercs led by Dan Paine (“Stone Cold” Steve Austin) and support from his own ex-CIA agent James Munroe (Eric Roberts).

This is also all about men coming to grips with their feelings, like the overly angry Jensen leaving the team and having to win them back to his side, Christmas losing his girlfriend (Charisma Carpenter) and winning her back, the toll of combat on a man and Barney trying to deal with the losses he’s had to endure as the leader of the team. But it’s also about fistfights and things blowing up real good.

Stallone went through hell making this film, suffering fourteen injuries like breaking a tooth, rupturing his ankle and a hairline fracture in his neck that required the surgical insertion of a metal plate. He also had bronchitis and shingles to top it all off. He also found the time to direct the film despite the multitude of injuries he was going through.

The Expendables was a movie that Hollywood may have thought no one was looking for, but action fans were crazing the kind of movie that has a body count of 188. It succeeded at the box office, making $275 million worldwide on an $80 million dollar budget. Of course, sequels would soon be in the offering and the ensemble cast would be greatly expanded. In my opinion, they could make one of these movies every single weekend and I’d show up for them.

Sci-Fi High: The Movie Musical (2010)

Paul Andolina is back to share a musical with us. He’s always a welcome guest on our site. If you like his stuff, check out his site Wrestling with Film

Sci-Fi High: The Movie Musical is a science fiction themed musical set in 1957. It is directed by Dan Bellusci and Steve Dispensa who also wrote the music and star in the movie as two of the main characters Billy Dever and Eddie Cassavette.

Fairheights High is in the midst of preparations for a Sadie Hawkins and Billy and Eddie are without dates. It is centered around the goings on during the week of the dance, with the girls preparing for the dance by looking for dates, making signs, and gathering talent to perform. There is a real jerk of a dude, named Brandon Bishop, who is the star forward of the Fairheights Redmen basketball team. He is always giving Billy, Eddie, and their friend Sigmund a hard time.

There is also a professor Vadin, who is absolutely obsessed with plants. He gives a strange plant to Billy for good luck but Billy loses it. Strange things start happening around the school and Billy is leaking a green fluid.

When the dance comes around Billy sings as the main attraction but something in the halls is attacking the dance attendees!

The movie features some fun songs but the audio is a bit jumbled at times and hard to make out. I enjoyed the movie and its goofiness which I found endearing. It’s set in the 50’s and although the film has a small budget they get the feel somewhat right.

If you’re a super fan of musicals and have to see every musical you can find you should check this out. I do feel that it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea though as it’s not a super high budget musical. If you wish more movies had killer plants and 50’s musical numbers then you’re going to love this one.

Machete (2010)

Machete first appeared as a character in Robert Rodriguez’s kid-friendly Spy Kids films, then came back as a fake trailer in the Grindhouse movie.

The origins of the character come from when Rodriguez worked with Danny Trejo on the film Desperado, thinking, “This guy should be like the Mexican Jean-Claude Van Damme or Charles Bronson, putting out a movie every year and his name should be Machete.” He was inspired by the films of John Woo, wanting to make a movie in their spirit that would be for a Latino audience.

Machete Cortez (Trejo) was once a Mexican Federal but his partner and wife were killed when he was betrayed to former cop and current drug cartel leader Rogelio Torrez (Steven Seagal).

Now, he’s an immigrant to the U.S., barely scraping by doing yard work. Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey) pays him to shoot Texas State Senator John McLaughlin (Robert De Niro), which is an easy job to take because the politician is anti-Mexican, sending many immigrants back to Mexico and collaborating with Von Jackson (Don Johnson) and his militia of border patrol ruffians.

Booth offers Machete $150,000 — and makes threats on his life if he doesn’t do the job — so our hero takes the assignment. However, he’s been set up again and barely escapes with his life.

The rest of the film concerns Machete’s bloody revenge and dealings with all manner of characters, from Immigration Agent Sartana Rivera (Jessica Alba) to underground leader Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), his brother Padre (Cheech Marin) and even Booth’s wife and daughter (Lindsay Lohan). Tom Savini even shows up as Osiris Amanpour (Tom Savini), a hitman who has an infomercial.

It’s all rather ridiculous, but that’s a lot of the fun of this movie. How often do you see a movie where the hero uses a man’s entrails as a rope to climb down a building? They could make a thousand of these movies and I’d probably watch every single one of them.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

This movie had two requests, one from James Greening and another from my cousin, Alexis Vardoulis. I’d been wanting to watch this for a long time, so I’m excited that these requests came in for more horror comedy movies, as they’re getting me to watch some movies I wouldn’t normally get to. Actually, that’s the whole reason I do this site — to learn more about movies and share them with others. Thanks James and Alexis!

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil plays with the conventions of the slasher and redneck film to great comedic effect. It’s written and directed by Eli Craig, who started as an actor (he’s in The Rage: Carrie 2) before creating this movie.

Allison (Katrina Bowden, Cerie from TV’s 30 Rock), Chad, Chloe, Chuck, Jason, Naomi, Todd, Mitch and Mike are on their way to a camping weekend in West Virginia. While buying beer at a gas station, they meet Tucker and Dale (Alan Tudyk from Firefly and Tyler Labine from TV’s Reaper), two well-meaning rednecks who have just achieved a major life goal by buying a vacation home.

Tucker tries to talk to Allison, but he’s awkward and ends up frightening everyone. Obviously, they’ve already judged everyone they’re going to meet in the country. On the way to their cabin, Tucker and Dale are pulled over by the sheriff, who warns them about how dangerous the woods are.

While the college kids are in the woods, Chad tells them all about the Memorial Day Massacre, an attack by hillbillies that happened twenty years ago. Following the slasher movie conventions, the kids ho skinny dipping but instead of being killed, Allison slips and hits her head. As Tucker and Dale are fishing nearby, they see this and save her life. But to everyone else, it looks like they kidnapped her.

Everything from here on out is all about perceptions and misunderstandings. Only Allison is able to see Tucker and Dale for what they are, truly nice guys who just live somewhere different than them. Of course, these kids are morons and they end up impaling themselves on trees and getting themselves killed, which only puts more blame on our heroes.

It turns out that Chad’s mother was the lone survivor of the Memorial Day Massacre, which means that when he goes crazy, he sees killing Tucker and Dale as the perfect revenge. And because Allison earlier turned down his advances, he thinks that her being friends with the duo is a form of Stockholm Syndrome. Even worse, it turns out that all the clippings in the house and the sawmill reveal that Chad’s father — and not any hillbillies — was the actual murderer behind those killings twenty years ago. 

Will Tucker and Allison survive and go out on a date? Will Dale ever bowl again after Chad cuts off his fingers? Or will Chad kill off everyone? These questions will all be answered when you watch Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.

I really enjoyed this movie. It doesn’t take anything seriously and is more fun the more you love the movies that inspired it. There have been discussions of a sequel, which I would love to see.

You can watch it on Shudder.

The A-Team (2010)

“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… the A-Team.”

Joe Carnahan was behind Smokin’ Aces and wrote the remake of Death Wish. Here, he’s remaking the 1980’s TV series that was created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell.

The film begins by showing how the team was formed. John “Hannibal” Smith (Liam Neeson, taking on George Peppard’s role) is captured by renegade General Javier Tuco, but he escapes and rescues Templeton “Face” Peck (Bradley Cooper, playing Dirk Benedict’s part). They then enlist B.A. Baracus (UFC fighter Quinton Jackson, taking over for Mr. T) and escape in a helicopter courtesy of the certifiably insane “Howling Mad” Murdock (Sharto Copley, here for Dwight Schultz). The incident cements their friendship and puts a fear of flying into Airborne Ranger B.A.

After eight years of successful missions, CIA Special Activities Division operative Lynch (Patrick Wilson) assigns the team to recover U.S. Treasury plates and a million in cash from an armored Baghdad convoy. Hannibal’s CO General Morrison (Gerald McRaney!) grudgingly allows them to go on the mission while Faces ex-girlfriend Defense Criminal Investigative Service Capt. Charissa Sosa (Jessica Biel) is against the mission.

The whole thing is a set-up, as the Black Forest private security troops blow up General Morrison, removing the team’s only alibi for conducting maneuvers in enemy territory. They’re all dishonorably discharged and sent to separate ten-year prison terms.

Of course, Hannibal has a plan. That means working with Lynch again and getting his team back together while Sosa — who was dropped down to Lieutenant as a result of their previous adventure — is in hot pursuit.

There’s plenty of twists, double-crosses, heavy machine gun fire, an escape in a flying tank and so much more here. Original cast members Benedict and Schultz show up as a fellow prisoner and a neurologist. I liked Benedict’s quick role, but he said, “You’ll miss me if you blink. I kind of regret doing it because it’s a non-part. They wanted to be able to say, ‘Oh yeah, the original cast are in it,’ but we’re not. It is three seconds. It’s kind of insulting.”

There is one cool part where the science fiction roles of both Benedict and Schultz are referenced in the movie at the psychiatric hospital, as you can see the names Reginald Barclay and G.F. Starbuck listed. Plus, the other actor’s name is Thomas Banacek, who is a nod to the George Peppard detective series.

The movie didn’t make enough for a sequel, but it’s not bad. It helps a lot if you’ve seen the original movie. It kind of lost me by the end, but the opening made me think this was going to be way better than it ended up being.

BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Piranha 3D (2010)

Alexandre Aja may have announced his horror career with High Tension, but he’s really been known for his remakes of classic films, like directing The Hills Have Eyes and writing and producing Maniac. Here, he presents a much more satiric take on undersea terror, along with a cast game for pure silliness at times.

It all starts with Richard Dreyfuss playing a fisherman named Matt Boyd, but we all know that it’s Matt Hooper, particularly because he’s listening to the song “Show Me the Way to Go Home,” which he sang with Quint and Brody in Jaws. Dreyfuss did this cameo for a large salary, which he promptly donated to charity. Regardless, he’s only here to get ripped apart by piranha.

Jake Forester is kinda sorta the hero of this whole endeavor, crushing on his old friend Kelly and dealing with her boyfriend and his jerk pals. To make money that summer, Jake is working for porn director Derrick Jones (Jerry O’Connell), who is looking for spots to shoot his latest film with his star actresses, Danni Arslow and Crystal Shephard (legit porn star Riley Steele), and cameraman Andrew Cunningham (Paul Scheer of the podcast How Did This Get Made?). He leaves his little brother and sister behind and takes his crush Kelly onto the porn boat The Barracuda.

Meanwhile, Jake’s mom Julie (Elisabeth Shue, somehow roped into this gory mess) is searching for the missing Boyd along with Deputy Fallon (Ving Rhames). When they discover his body, they consider closing the lake, but much like every single movie that I’ve ever seen about killer fish, the prospect of tourism dollars keeps everything open despite the danger.

Meanwhile, Julie and a team of seismologists led by Novak (Adam Scott) to discover buried prehistoric lake filled with piranha eggs. They capture one alive — despite big losses — and take it to pet store owner Carl Goodman (Christopher Lloyd!) who was once a marine biologist. He tells them that this species is incredibly aggressive and has already grown cannibalistic.

Our heroes try to warn everyone, but of course, people just want to jet ski and have sex in the water, which means that every single person must be devoured by mini-fish with big teeth. Nearly everyone on The Barracuda is killed before Jake reaches his mother for help. Only Jake, Kelly and the kids survive, using the porn director’s corpse as bait and as is customary, blowing up something real good to kill off the killer fish.

Just when it seems like the coast is clear — literally — Goodman calls to tell them that these are only the babies. Novak wonders where the parents are just in time for one to eat him.

Chuck Russell (The BlobA Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors) was originally slated to direct this and I would have loved to have seen his vision. That said, this is a fun and fast-moving affair. And when it comes to awesome directors, Aja was planning on having the directors of the last two Piranha films, Joe Dante and James Cameron play boat captains, but Cameron was too busy.

WATCH THE SERIES: A Nightmare on Elm Street part three

Where could a Nightmare on Elm Street go after five movies, a TV series and numerous appearances in pop culture? Freddy had gone from a horrifying villain to somehow, the hero of the series. Sure, this had happened to Godzilla and Gamera, but those monsters were always friends of children, not murderers of them.

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare – 1994

Originally, this film was going to be A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: The Ascension, but Wes Craven had the goal of creating a more intelligent meditation on the effects of horror on those who created it. He also wanted to bring Freddy closer to what he envisioned him as being in the original film, both in look and how he behaves.

Heather Langenkamp, yes played by Heather Langenkamp, played Nancy Thompson in the first and third movies in the Elm Street movies, but now she keeps dreaming that Freddy is coming for her, her husband Chase and her son Dylan (Miko Hughes, Gage from Pet Semetary). She awakens to an earthquake tearing through her house and a prank caller who continually keeps phoning in Freddy’s nursery rhyme.

After a talk show appearance with an in-costume Robert Englund, Heather learns that New Line Cinema wants her to work on a new Elm Street film that her husband has already been doing effects for. And when she arrives home, her son is watching the first film, screaming at her when she tries to turn it off. She calls her husband to help and as he rushes home, he falls asleep at the wheel and is killed by Freddy.

At the funeral, she has another vision of Freddy and John Saxon — you better believe I stood on my couch and cheered — tells her that she needs help. Dylan refuses to sleep and becomes obsessed with Krueger, which leads to her visiting series creator Wes Craven, played by, you knew it, Wes Craven.

Craven explains that Freddy has always been alive, a supernatural creature that attached itself to the films and was freed when Freddy died for the last time in the fifth film (perhaps it was just that he was upset that that one is so bad). Englund knows even more, but soon disappears from all contact.

After an aftershock to the earthquake, Heather takes Dylan to the hospital, where the doctor on call believes that he’s being abused. While police have her under custody, Freddy appears and kills the babysitter much like the first kill in the first film.

Dylan sleepwalks across a crowded freeway with Nancy in pursuit as the film grows more nightmarish — yes, I know that was super literal. After being injured saving him, Heather returns home, only to learn that John Saxon has now become her/Nancy’s father Don Thompson. She decides to embrace her old role and Freddy emerges into reality, taking her son into her world.

Working together, Dylan and Heather/Nancy shove Freddy into an oven — echoing how the parents of Elm Street stopped him in the original story — murdering him. They awake in bed, with a copy of the film’s script close behind. There’s a note from Craven, thanking her for defeating Freddy and playing Nancy one last time. Now, she has jailed the demon into the film’s world all over again. Dylan asks if it’s just a story and Heather says that yes, it has all just been a story. Yet that’s up to debate, as In the ending credits, Freddy Krueger is listed as playing himself.

If the end result is similar to Fulci’s A Cat in the Brain, this was not lost on the Italian godfather of gore (and emperor of eviscerated eyeballs). In his lone U.S. convention appearance (at the January 1996 Fangoria Horror Convention in New York City), Fulci would claim that New Nightmare rips off his film.

This movie was well-received by critics, but where can you go with Freddy Krueger? Simple. You make him battle someone else. 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason would pit the two horror icons against each other and the results were that each would have to reboot afterward. You can read our thoughts on this film from last year’s Friday the 13th Watch the Series post right here.

A Nightmare on Elm Street – 2010

Samuel Bayer directed the Nirvana video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” amongst literally hundreds of other videos and commercials. For his first movie, he was selected to remake the first Elm Street, a task that had to feel herculean.

Produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes team, the goal was to do what they had done for their Friday the 13th remake: take the best parts of each film and make one new story. However, they soon learned that going back to the first film was really the only way to go. They also made Krueger an actual child molester and not a killer, as well as making him meaner, with a look more like an actual burn victim.

Robert Englund endorsed the film (and Jackie Earle Haley playing Freddy), but Craven was not as kind, perhaps because he wasn’t consulted before the movie was made.

Kris Fowles (Katie Cassidy, Black Canary on TV’s Arrow) meets her friend Dean (Kellan Lutz, Twilight) at the Springwood Diner, but soon, Dean is asleep and dreaming of Freddy Krueger, who slices his throat. In our reality, Dean cuts his own throat as waitress Nancy (Rooney Mara, the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, who hated being in this movie so much that she nearly stopped acting) watches.

The children of Elm Street soon learn that they all went to pre-school together, where they were abused by — you guessed it — Freddy Krueger. Now, they’re all dreaming of the burned killing machine. Kris is soon killed by him, with her murder blamed on her ex-boyfriend Jesse (Thomas Dekker, John Connor from the Fox Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV show, who called this film a horrible mess). Of course, he’s soon dead in his jail cell.

Quentin (Kyle Gallner, American Sniper) and Nancy begin investigating and soon learn that once the parents of Elm Street learned that Krueger was molesting their children, they hunted him down and burned him alive. What follows is pretty much the same tale as the original, with Freddy being pulled into our world and a similar shock twist ending.

I really have no idea who this movie is for. You can just go watch the original to see a much better, more imaginative film. Bayer has a great visual style — he came up in directing with Bay and David Fincher — but between the CGI makeup for Freddy, the portrayal of him and the general been there, done that nature of this film, I was bored throughout. Then again, I realize that millennials don’t have as many DVDs as me or any interest in watching a movie from the early 80’s.

Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller has been quoted as saying that while the film was a financial success, the backlash didn’t stop for two years. The company wouldn’t make another movie until 2013’s The Purge and hasn’t remade a horror movie since.

While a talented actor, I just don’t like Haley in the Freddy role. Maybe its because he has referred to the original as, “The worst movie ever.” Or perhaps that’s just sour grape, as there’s a rumor that Johnny Depp tagged along when Haley auditioned for the original and got the part while his friend didn’t.

Want more Elm Street?

2011’s I Am Nancy explores Heather Langenkamp’s feelings about starring in the films and her role in the series.

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street will be out later this year and is all about Mark Patton’s journey in Hollywood after making the second Elm Street. It looks really interesting and you can find the official site here.

Nightmares in the Makeup Chair is another upcoming film that is all about the process that it took to transform Robert Englund into Freddy every single day of filming. You can learn more here.

Beyond the Marvel comics we covered, Freddy has also appeared in comics from Innovation Comics, Trident Comics, Avatar Press and WildStorm Comics. There was also a crossover comic with Dynamite Entertainment that was all about Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, which puts a dream movie into the hands of eager readers.

If you love Mortal Kombat, good news. You can play as Freddy in the 2011 edition of the game and its Mortal Kombat X mobile game. While he looks like the 2010 version of the character, that’s really Robert Englund providing his voice.

Freddy is also available for the slashertastic game Dead by Daylight (you can also play as Michael Myers, Leatherface and the Pig from Saw), which also came with a playable version of Quentin Smith from the 2010 film.

I almost forgot…Freddy also chased politicians on DC Follies…

He also was on The Goldbergs last week!

Thanks for joining us on our voyage through Elm Street! Do you have a favorite? Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments!

2018 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 18: The Aldebaran Mystery (2010)

Day 18 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge is Psychotronic Documentaries: The real authority on the occult, ufos, ghost hunters, conspiracy theories etc. They’re all real, accurate and true, right? After a week of documentaries, I had to go deep and find something truly off. And guess what? I succeeded.

This film promises so much. During Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, it states that a cabal of Nazi magicians and technicians discovered the secrets of anti-gravity and space travel from extraterrestrials.

This one hits every point you’d want it to. Hello Tesla! Hello Thule Society! Hello Maria Orsic and her Vrilerinnen, psychic girls who serve the Vril Gesellschaft, with long hair that acts as a cosmic antenna to contact occult beings from beyond our reality. Hello Black Sun! There’s also Germany’s Antarctic colony Neuschwabenland and psychic messages telling all of the Vril Society that no one will remain on this Earth.

But it doesn’t stop there. Flying wings! Flying saucers! Nordic aliens meeting with Eisenhower and Pope Pius XII! Hidden Nazi bases post World War II! Operation Paperclip! Aliens helping Nazi NASA scientists create our space program! There’s so much in this movie that it seems like the serious version of Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America!

Throw in some Roswell, Peter Levenda (who may or may not be the Simon who wrote the 1960’s Simon Necronomicon), Skull and Bones, Freemasons and more for a simmering stew full of saucer sauciness!

But don’t take it from me. Check out James Nichols site for the original essay or watch this via the link above or on Amazon Prime.

PS – Your author used to read old BBS message boards in the pre-internet phone based modem days on a Commodore 64. I was reading the Krill Papers that would eventually find their way into the book Behold a Pale Horse and there was a whole FOR YOUR EYES ONLY warning about how aliens killed Kennedy and showed our government a hologram of the Crucifixion, claiming they orchestrated the entire thing. It was at this time that my computer crashed and I became convinced — perhaps under the influence of a bottle of Jack Daniels and two Snapple Ice Teas that made for a horrifying mixed drink — that frogmen and Men in Black were coming for me, so I woke up our entire house in an abject panic. Ah, youth!