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Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

When one thinks of Great Britain, we think of Downton Abbey, Queen Elizabeth, punks with big mohawks, and of course, Winston Churchill.

We might think about Stonehenge, Rendelsham Forest, and of course, David Icke.

We do not, however, think about train stations, excavated UFO’s, and the desiccated corpses of giant grasshoppers who may or may not be, our Martian Mind Control Overlords, bent on Complete World Domination.

Now granted, that’s a lot to take in, so let’s unpack this movie bit by bit and see where we land, shall we?

Secret Agent Fireball (1965)

There’s something about being a Secret Agent that people just love.
Danger, excitement, fast cars, alcoholic beverages, smooching and of course, being able to dress really, really well.

The degree of wish fulfillment is so high that you come out of a James Bond movie wanting to pick a fight with a stranger, just to see if you would win, then get the girl and have someone place a martini in your hand.
That’s the sign of a good Secret Agent movie.

Which brings us to this month’s movie.

UFO Target Earth (1974)

The Seventies were a weird dang time.  From Nixon, the Vietnam War,  the Zodiac Killer, Charles Manson, Disco, Jaws, Bigfoot and of course, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

UFO Target Earth was made 3 years before Spielberg’s seminal 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 honestly might help.

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