Steven Spielberg's mesmerizing 1977 masterpiece "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" was just re-released in movie theaters.
Before you head out to the theater, check out these fun, mind-blowing facts about the film. Could the film be based on a true story, and if so, is it part of the government's long-term plan for UFO and alien disclosure? These surprising facts will leave you wondering.
1. Dr. J Allen Hynek, Father of Ufology, Has a Cameo
The father of ufology, Dr. J Allen Hynek, appears very briefly in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." He was a real member of the official government organization, Project Blue Book, tasked with investigating the UFO phenomenon. He (in)famously concluded that the organization's real aim was to debunk UFO sightings instead of investigate them, a revelation which sent him on an independent quest for truth.
2. The CIA Conducted a Psychic Experiment Based on the Film
Around the time "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" first came out in theaters, the CIA was conducing top-secret psychic remote viewing experiments. Yes, really! Files from Project Stargate were recently released on the CIA website, and one of the files reveals a remote viewing experiment that was either directly inspired by, or helped inspire, a scene in the film. (Spoiler ahead) According to the file, the Devil's Tower mountain butte in Wyoming serves as a psychic vision for both the main character in the film, played by actor Richard Dreyfuss, and a student of the Project Stargate remote viewing program!
3. Director Steven Spielberg Once Said ET Was Based on a True Story
Director Steven Spielberg is known in the UFO community for introducing his film "ET the Extra Terrestrial" to the White House as being based on a true story. The director also frequently visits the subject matter of alien life and unknown worlds in films he directs and/or produces, and could very well be useful to the government for alien and UFO disclosure.
4. Actor Kurt Russel Had Similar Experience as Richard Dreyfuss' Character
Recently on a Guardians of the Galaxy II press tour, actor Kurt Russel recalled his sighting of the famous 1993 Phoenix Lights UFO incident, now one of the most well-documented UFO cases on record. After seeing and reporting the bright lights over Phoenix, he then quickly forgot the event and only remembered it years later when his wife, Goldie Hawn, was watching a TV program about it. He said this experience made him feel like "Richard Dreyfuss from Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
5. The UFO Sighting in Close Encounters Is Based on Real Events
Believe it or not, the basic premise in the film is not all that fantastical. "Close Encounters" borrows heavily from the hardest and most compelling UFO and alien abduction cases on the books, versus action-packed, fictional classic "alien invasion" story lines. For example, the Cash-Landrum incident was proven to be a real UFO case (extraterrestrial or not), in which two women and a small boy were physically burned and endured radiation poisoning after witnessing a large egg-shaped craft hover over them in Texas. (Spoiler ahead) In the film, Richard Dreyfuss' character and others are burned when they first see the alien spaceship. Other aspects of the UFOs and aliens in the film also mirror real, known cases.
What do yo think of these surprising facts about the film? Do you think UFO and Alien Disclosure is coming? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
While you're here, you may also like: