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Hollywood vs the Aliens: The Motion Picture Industry's Participation in UFO Dis-information [Paperback]

Bruce Rux
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24 Mar 1998
Film historian Bruce Rux posits that the film industry has long collaborated with a government disinformation campaign about UFOs, shaping and controlling knowledge about documented UFO activity. The book uncovers the conspiracy roots of government involvement in science-fiction/horror movies, from pulp-fiction and Lost World romances to films dealing with flying saucers, the planet Mars, mind control, abductions, transdimensional journeys, and extraterrestrials.

Written in a mock-serious tone reminiscent of Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone TV Series, and illustrated with old movie stills and posters, Hollywood Vs. the Aliens is a fascinating, fun read, yet delivers some startling findings. Rux reviews the facts known about UFOs and ancient technologies, and how they came to be discovered. Then he investigates the period between the 1930s and 1950s, focusing on CIA Robertson Panel's recomendation that Hollywood be used as a deflectionary tool against popular interest in UFOs. Government involvement in Orson Welles' 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast is discussed, as are the Disney and United Artists studios' early connections to patriotic propaganda. Early '50s movies like The Thing from Another World and The Day the Earth Stood Still show UFOlogical facts that only government sources could have known at the time. From there the book goes on to discuss recent releases and the ongoing depictions of aliens and UFOs, right up to Independence Day, Men in Black, and Mars Attacks!

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S. (24 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883319617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883319618
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,405,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read more on Ufology, highly recommended 16 Jan 2004
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"Misdirections and Misinformations: Anyone who doesn't think Hollywood is a willing partner in propagand for the government never saw a WWII movie in which...and...nameless other atrocities...Ronald Reagan never went to war, but he preached patriotism from his presidential pulpit and made propaganda films both before and after he served as the FBI's "Agent T-10"..." P191.
I highly recommend this book, and I quote Chapter Four (above) and Chapter Eleven (below)
"Presumably, the change in emphasis concerning UFOlogical movies during George Bush's term was to some considerable degree influenced by the Russian's loss of Phobos 2 only months after Bush took office...."
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This book is worth it for the introduction alone, which sets the stage for cinematic review of aliens in popular films. Mentions correlation of Mars and Earth, MKULTRA, assasinations and other conspiracy related questions. Detailed review of 50's sci fi and monster films and tv shows and how they have debunked ufology by being so deliberately badly made, right up to the present day. Extremely well researched, lots of bits I'd never read before (which is unusual when it comes to ufology) I do recommend this one
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1.0 out of 5 stars Multiple factual errors fatally flaw a great idea 23 May 2003
By Thomas P. Tiernan - Published on
I was very eager to read this. The cover blurb grabbed me- "Rux posits that the film industry has long collaborated with a government disinformation campaign about UFOs." This had the potential to be a definitive work concerning the government cover-up of UFOs. Alas, it was not to be, and the mess that became this book could have been avoided. I wish I still had my copy, but I was so disappointed that I sold it. Had I thought of it, I would have filled the margins with notes as a warning to others.
The book has two basic sections, intermingled together very well. First is a very detailed analysis of dozens of classic and bad SF films. The 2nd area delves into the government's efforts to use these films to tell us either that there are no aliens out there, to add another layer to the government cover-up or to get us ready for an eventual alien contact of some sort. This is a very ambitious idea, and could have been very convincing. Unfortunately, I began to find factual errors in his film analyses. The number soon grew to well over 50 major errors in just his description of the films. This is unforgiveable in this age of VHS/DVD. All of the films he wrote about can be had in these formats to rent or purchase. A nagging question began to gnaw at me: "If he makes serious errors with films that are very easy to view/reference, how can I possibly trust his writing of something serious like UFOs?"
Truth be told, I just couldn't trust any of his thesis. On the UFO side, he gets the basic stories of Roswell, Barney & Betty Hill, Lonnie Zamora and the 1966 Michigan sightings wrong. These reports are easy to find in any good library. To get these and other reports wrong just makes the entire book worthless. I know quite a bit about UFO history and SF films, and to make such errors is sloppy and unforgiveable. Bruce Rux has written another book of interest to me, but I'm sure that his writing will be inaccurate for that one also. It's a real shame.
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3.0 out of 5 stars MIXED BAG 29 Jun 1998
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It was hard to choose the number of stars for this book! The information in it is incredibly diverse and provocative, but it is arranged poorly. The index really stinks if you're looking for anything other than a movie or television show name -- for example, if you want to check on some of the (non-actor) characters mentioned in its pages. And if you're not completely familiar with all the movies or shows mentioned, you're going to be lost.
That said, the sheer range of material covered and the details given are encyclopedic. There could be more sources given for some of his allegations, but that's a lesser point. While it is in some places a difficult read, it is always interesting. I think this would make a good source book for someone who wants to look into this area further. But please, Mr. Rux -- if this is ever reprinted, work on that index! It's frustrating to KNOW you saw something on a subject several chapters ago, and not be able to find it in the index!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informing 11 Dec 2010
By Red Cherbonne - Published on
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I read other reviews about the book. Even if you don't believe the premis of the conspiracy theory with the movie industry: the information about mind control and the evidence of UFO's is well researched. I check the info when it sounds too "unbelievable." For the most part,it's credible:however, I would beg to differ about some of his opinions.
4.0 out of 5 stars Extensive, thorough, and original 3 July 2009
By Imaginal Component - Published on
The book could have been more concise and easier to read, but it is voluminous and original. Not as cited as well as I would like, but certainly worth the cheap price used copies can be had for. As someone who has read hundreds of books on the subject of UFOs, this book is unique amongst many of them due to its ambitious subject matter. A curious compendium of information, but of course not perfect. For those interested in how the military/industrial/congressional/entertainment complex is machinating mainstream and pop culture before our eyes, this book is a fascinating read.
4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read 18 May 2009
By Joseph L. Kolb - Published on
rux's book is a fun, enjoyable read. the amount of information provided about movies and the people involved is very informative. how much is accurate, i don't know, but being a movie buff, i enjoyed the insight provided, and it seemed to make sense to me. at over 600 pages it did get a bit long as rux spends too much time describing all the various movies and tv series. i think a good editor could of cut down on some of it. not only does he provide historical insight, but talks about the types of movies and series made under democratic and republican rule. this is a highly recommended book for movie and sci-fi fans. and for the ufologists, it gives good information on disinformation and propaganda. there are plenty of used copies cheap, so pick one up.
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