Saturday, February 2, 2008
Strangely enough, even though it came out in 1984, quite a while before Unsolved Mysteries and the X-Files, REPO MAN 'prophetically' delved into the pre-mainstream UFO conspiracy craze.
At that time there wasn't even a Roswell Museum.
There was the film "HANGAR 18" but essentially, the UFO Conspiracy craze was an underground movement building momentum, and didn't quite reach its peak until 1992.
Repo Man is a classic, and an unusual film in that it involves a whole lot of bizarre action and ideas, and not necessarily focused on UFOs, its inclusion of the 'myths' of the 'captured dead aliens' is a curious one. Steven Schpielberg may have re-introduced to the mainstream, the subject of UFOs and 'happy aliens' in his "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," but he forgot to examine the government conspiracy aspect of it.
No aliens appear in REPO MAN, but I bring it up because strangely enough, this film stands the test of time, and could just as well be a film that came out in 1992. Damn, if only Chris Carter had realized it at the time, a brilliant take-off comedic X-Files episode could have been written as an homage.