Do We Understand that Movies Aren’t Real?

I have mastered the camouflage of the alien “Predator.” | Eric Robert  Nolan, Author

You can listen all day, every day, to tales of The Paranormal and never run out of them.

Here’s a little something I’ve noticed, though.

A new kind of monster, UFO, weird experience, whatever, makes it all around the world in video; and the next thing you know, people all around the world are claiming to have seen it. In real life. Not in a movie.

Remember The Predator (1987)? The monster had special camouflage which made it practically invisible. It was a very successful movie, with sequels, comic books, action figures, etc. Before long, the whole world knew what “the Predator” was and what it looked like–if you could see it at all.

Now, 30 years later, you can’t throw a brick among The Paranormal without hitting someone who’s sure he’s seen a Predator.

But it doesn’t stop there. There must be thousands of people out there, tens of thousands who’ve seen skinwalkers, interdimensional “portals” opening, Bigfoot, Shadow People…

If it’s been in the movies, people believe in it. And I don’t think they can help it. Our culture includes a deep reservoir of superstition–and movies look real! Who am I to say none of these people has seen any of those things he says he’s seen? Can we say, “Just because you see it doesn’t mean it’s there”?

I did once hear some mameluke on talk radio assert that The Movies, not America, were “his country.”

Of course he sees Bigfoot.

9 comments on “Do We Understand that Movies Aren’t Real?

  1. A lot of people seem oblivious to the fact that movies are not real. I have seen special effects in movies that were ridiculously inaccurate. For a while, there was a common effect in movies of heroes riding the wave of gases expanding from an explosive force, thus escaping. This isn’t real, and anyone caught in the pressure wave of gases expanding out of an explosion would almost certainly be killed, and probably thoroughly cooked in the process. Another favorite is when a bad guy is shot, and the force of the bullet lifts him off the ground and throws him backward several feet, usually through a large plate glass window. Once again, this is far from reality and bad guys hardly ever stand in front of plate glass windows when they are preparing to be shot at. 🙂

    As to paranormal phenomena, I have given this matter a degree of attention. I believe that at least some of the people reporting UFOs are seeing something, but I don’t believe for one moment that they are seeing space aliens. There are wicked spirit beings, according to the Bible, and it would not surprise me in the slightest that they might use their superhuman powers to cast illusions, with the purpose of taunting and misleading mankind. My reading on this subject is relatively limited, but I have seen a pattern emerge, of elusiveness. Reports of objects accelerating very rapidly to astonishing speeds and/or reports of UFOs making 90 degree turns which would exert G forces in excess of what any fleshly organism could survive and which would likely exceed the load limitations of any known material. Quite simply put, the feats these UFOs have been observed are impossible by the laws of physics as we know them.

    One more thing, these UFOs almost always disappear by accelerating at an amazing rate, disappearing or silently “exploding”. Having worked in aviation, I can tell you that an aircraft displaces air as it flies, and this produces sound. An aircraft exceeding the speed of sound produces a shockwave and there is a massive sonic boom which can cover a wide area. Objects that disappear without a sound could not have been displacing air: period! When there is an explosion, it is the displacement of air that you are hearing. A similar explosion on the Moon would be silent, because there is virtually no atmosphere to displace. One UFO encounter that I read about, described the object exploding, silently. Sorry, no can do.

    As to Bigfoot, no one has ever produced a specimen, or even the remains of a specimen. I’ve come across the remains of medium to large animals when hiking, and this is to be expected, but no one has ever produced the remains of a dead Bigfoot. My take is superstition, some movie influence, and possibly some demonically sourced apparitions.

  2. Shadow people is still big a big topic these days. A fourth sequel to The Matrix is out in the theaters now. The only redeeming value in these movies is that taking the red pill awakens you for the matrix that has you hypnotized, the blue pill keeps you asleep to the truth.

    1. I read this gem of a headline: “In case you missed it, the new Matrix movie is a transgender love story.”

      I wouldn’t know, since I didn’t watch it in the first place.

  3. Well, things like Bigfoot (Sasquatch, in our neck of the woods) and UFO sightings long predate the existence of movies. The area I live in has a long history of Sasquatch sightings, though usually further north of us. We’re in the transition zone from prairie to Boreal forest. I recall quite a few reported sightings of Sasquatch from the reserves to the north of us. As for UFOs, well, they’re just unidentified flying objects. Until they become identified flying objects, who knows what they could be. When we see something we can’t explain, the mind tends to fill in the gaps with the strangest things, and our brains like to fill in details in our memories.

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