• Warning: Spoilers
    If you've read the Amazon bestselling book by Gary Bates, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Comnection, you will pretty much know what to expect in this film. It's basically a propaganda film for the Demonic Hypothesis of UFO.

    The movie, like the book it was based on, really didn't dig too deep into what Christians have historically believed on the subject of extraterrestrials. It falsely states that the idea of extraterrestrial life is founded in science fiction, even though Christian theologians have been discussing aliens and their implications since the Middle Ages, well before the advent of the scifi genre.

    Being a creationist film, there was an obligate aside into refuting the Big Bang theory, evolution, and abiogenesis, followed by a brief look at undirected and directed panspermia (the idea that life came from space, either accidentally or on purpose).

    There is a good deal of discussion on why faster-than-light travel is impossible, negating the idea of extraterrestrial visitation. The film suggest that the tyranny of interstellar distance will remain an unsolvable problem because, well, physics. Viewers will likely find the section on the Roswell crash dissatisfying if they're expecting more than pat answers. This was disappointing because the book actually goes into much more detail and shows a much better grasp of the complexity of the investigation of the alleged crash.

    The quality of the film was at least as good as the Ancient Aliens series. The special effects were really good. I think that if the documentary had been more self-aware and less preachy, it could have been a little more entertaining and much more effective. To be honest, it started dragging somewhere in the Second Act.

    The Third Act is about the abduction phenomenon. Through selective quotations of UFO experts, particularly of John Keel and Jacques Vallee, the Extra-dimensional Hypothesis is equated as being a sort of secular version of the Demonic Hypothesis. These so-called aliens are just the demons and fairies of bygone days with a technological varnish. Given the traumatic nature of abduction experiences, the New Age teachings associated with them, and the fact that abduction experiences can be stopped in the name of Jesus, the filmmakers conclude that the Devil is behind the UFO phenomenon.

    The movie doesn't seem to know how to end. The last 10 to 15 minutes are just cringe-worthy with how repetitious it becomes. There's a lot of fast and loose quotation of scripture that we hadn't really seen to this point. It was obvious that they were trying to shoehorn some sort of Gospel message into this conclusion of theirs but it ended somewhat garbled and mixed in with their message of deliverance from alien abduction.

    If you stay past the decidedly brief credits (and you will because the special effects are really cool), you can watch a panel discussion between Robert Carter, Joe Jordan and Gary Bates that adds nothing to the movie itself.

    All in all, Alien Intrusion: Unmasking the Deception was, well, predictable. If you read the book, you've seen the movie and vice versa. The film is undeniably a propaganda piece for the Demonic Hypothesis of UFO. It will convince people who want pat answers from Christian experts on a decidedly weird subject they would prefer remain far from the stained-glass glow of their pews. It will reassure Christians who stopped researching after the Christian ufologists of the 1970s connected the subject, for better or for worse, with the Satanic Panic. Having said that, I sincerely hope that some of these experiencers find deliverance through the name of Jesus. It doesn't have to be demons for Jesus to save you from it.