Hollywood vs. The Aliens: The Motion Picture Industry's Participation in UFO Disinformation

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Press:Random House Inc Frog Books; First Edition edition (January 9, 1998)
Author Name:Rux, Bruce


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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  •     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.
  •     Like other reviewers I am unsure what to say about this book. As a study of sci fi in the movies and TV, it works much better than it does a book about UFOs. That may not make much sense but it makes more sense than the book does. Don't get me wrong, I love conspiracy theories but in the first place HvA tries to apply too a narrow premise to an enormous subject and gets us so lost we forget where we were going in the first place. The author picks and chooses evidence, dismissing ST:TNG for example as a critical failure, but what does that have to do with government disinformation and UFOs? There is a lot in the show that could have enriched the discussion but I guess whatever does not fit in with his timeline of liberal and conservative administrations he just ignores. Yet boring pages are spent discussing Scooby Doo and other cartoons. Also, I cannot believe that Hollywood needed any help to make terrible movies and TV. Probably more influence was exerted by advertisers who were more afraid of the subject than the government. And he draws such far fetched and unsupported conclusions that they just snap. A lot of actors and producers may have had families who were rich and/or worked for the government, or maybe they just lied and said they did. And he wastes a lot of time ranting on about shows such as Dark Skies because it was historically inaccurate. Hello? That is why it is called science FICTION and not HISTORY. This kind of picking and choosing makes his whole theory sound suspect although it may not be. He leads us up lot of blind alleys with very little proof. Yet I found this to be a valuable read because it makes you think about shows and movies you grew up with in a new way. It is a shame the author got snagged on such a limited topic because all that effort could have been put to better use.
  •     Bruce Rux has brought research on ancient world traditions, UFO's and modern government study of these subjects to a new level. Hollywood Vs.
  •     Wanted to write a review sooner but could not. This is an excellent book that could not be better written. The author certainly did his homework.The work is valuable in it's listings of movies and TV shows alone. It puts "Hollywood and Government(s)" in their proper place...in bed together forever. This book gets both thumbs way up!
  •     WHEEEE!It's Silly Season ! !How does Tinkerbell fit into your Worldview, Mr Rux?OH, please tell us! DO!
  •     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...
  •     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.
  •     rux's book is a fun, enjoyable read. the amount of information provided about movies and the people involved is very informative.
  •     Very well researched. This book definitely brings up a lot of questions regarding the use of propaganda with UFO's.
  •     I wanted confirmation of a govt/hollywood link as to the burgeoning phenonema of UFOs and movies. It is more than 70 years since the team formed to condition the mind of the public to believe in and accept the inevitable "alien" presence on the earth.James
  •     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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