The truth is out there. Or is it? After the infamous crash of an Unidentified Flying Object (or a “weather balloon”) in Roswell, New Mexico on July 8, 1947, UFO culture in the United States went into a fever pitch. Although “mystery airships” had been reported as early as the 1890s and Allied Forces reported seeing eerie lights dubbed “foo fighters” during WWII, interest in the phenomena increased along with Cold War paranoia and the space race. Reports of alien abductions and UFO sightings increased in the 1960s and 1970s — even President Jimmy Carter claims to have seen one.
From movies to television, the hunger for alien stories increased. Hosted by Robert Stack, Unsolved Mysteries originally ran from 1987 until 2010 and everyone knows the UFO episodes were the best ones. Even Netflix’s reboot had an episode dedicated to a mass sighting. Created by Chris Carter and led by the dynamic duo of David Duchovny’s believer Mulder to Gillian Anderson’s skeptic Scully, The X-Files premiered on September 10, 1993 and Ufology entered a new era. Who could ever forget Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction hosted by Jonathan Frakes?
Over the last few years, the U.S. Government has declassified many files that Mulder would have salivated over, but unlike the show’s wacky drama, the reports are about as dry as Salton Sea. Rebranded as “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” the government admits that something is indeed out there, but apparently there’s just not enough funding to figure out what it is (or perhaps that’s just what they want us to believe…). But with billionaires headed to space and musicians finding inspiration in the cosmos, it seems we as a people are as fascinated with the night sky as ever.
Exit Through the Gift Shop / Own a Piece of “The Roswell Incident”
The Universal Laws of Biology / Zoologist Debunks “Little Green Men”
Stick It to The Man / Noah Hawley’s Aliens Eat the Rich, Literally
All-Star Potential / Former B-baller Ian Whyte is the 7-Foot Giant Every Sci-Fi Team Wants
Back in Time / Get Like Ripley with Casio’s New-Old Watch
Don’t Leave Earth Without It / Abduction Insurance: A Must for Your Portfolio
Fact or Fantasy? / The Puzzling UFOs of TikTok
139 3rd Rocks / The Paste Crew Revisits a Classic Alien Sitcom
From CD-ROM to TheBlackVault.com / Browse 2780+ CIA Records Detailing UFO Activity
Why Don’t You Love Me / Watch David Duchovny on Celebrity Jeopardy!
On November 6, 1995 The X-Files star David Duchovny joined actress Lynn Redgrave and horror novelist Stephen King on Celebrity Jeopardy!, daring to ask the most important question: what are frogs?
Against the Wind / Watch Cockpit Footage of Naval Pilots’ Close Encounter
Last year the Pentagon released three declassified UFO videos taken by U.S. Navy pilots. Catch Pilot David Fravor’s take via Lex Fridman Podcast. Welcome to Earth.
Vanished Into Thin Air / Listen to “U.F.O” by Jim Sullivan
Singer-songwriter Jim Sullivan disappeared into the New Mexico desert on March 6, 1975. While it went under the radar during his lifetime, his 1969 album U.F.O. has since developed a cult following.
It’s All Just a Game / Watch “I Ran (So Far Away)” by A Flock of Seagulls
This track unearthed plenty of new fans as the theme from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, but did you know this new wave classic is actually about an alien abduction?
From Invaders from Mars to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to Fire In The Sky, there is no shortage of films about our intergalactic brethren, so we asked our very terrestrial pals at Videodrome (A.K.A. ATL’s best video shop) for their most out of this world picks.