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UFO Target Earth (1974)

The Seventies were a weird dang time.
We had Nixon, the Vietnam War,  Disco, Jaws, Bigfoot and of course, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

UFO Target Earth was made 3 years before Spielberg’s flying saucer film, but it is light years ahead in incoherent plot, poor acting and Commodore 64 generated computer graphic weirdness.

You don’t have to be high to understand this movie, but it might help.

The Episode

Musings From The Millionth Monkey

This movie is outside the purview of Bill Warren’s “Keep Watching The Skies”, so I decided to go a bit more wide when it came to finding people who could hate on/love on this movie.

I did not find anyone who loved “UFO Target Earth”, but found plenty of haters.
I’ve linked to the Million Monkey Review below, but here’s just a quick taste to whet your appetite!

The thing that bothers me most about this movie is that everybody who thinks that aliens are here on Earth assumes they are benevolent. How can anybody possibly believe this, based on what we’ve been shown? The aliens disrupt our power for their own purposes, kidnap humans and examine them, and last but not least, hypnotize a human into giving up his life so the aliens can leave Earth. And this is presented as a noble thing to do!

Oh MY.

Yes, this movie is problematic at best, and incoherent at worst.
I do like the mix of 1970’s psychedelia and the bleeding edge of the UFO craze that would be sweeping the nation soon thereafter.
I think that the filmmakers really had their finger on that particularly crazy zeitgeist, and tried to both tell an interesting story, and also show their work when it comes to their own personal crazy interests.

Of course, Spielberg does it better, soon thereafter, but you gotta give this plucky little film credit for effort.
A few more drafts of the screenplay, along with some screenwriting classes would have done wonders for it.

The Links

Watch “UFO Target Earth” for free, on YouTube, or on Amazon Prime Streaming

You can own the DVD for “UFO Target Earth” by purchasing it here on Amazon (and support the show!)

Read about “UFO Target Earth” on Wikipedia, or a review over at Million Monkey Theater

The Credits

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You can find a list of all music used, and all sound effects used, and links, here, on our Credits page.

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