Spooky but holds your interest
Eric Pregosin | New Carrollton, Maryland United States | 07/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This made for tv movie which was made in 1979 and aired in 1982 is a cross between what happens to you when abducted by aliens and a cult. John Forsythe (fresh from his "voice only" days on Charlie's Angels and at the time appearing as the head of Dynasty, ABC's competitor to CBS' Dallas) and Priscilla Pointer star as 2 alleged aliens known only as "He" and "She". They have been going around the US, attracting people to join their cause and travel with them back to their home planet. The one catch, no children allowed. They have their big get together in Santa Fe where a newspaper reporter named Ted Randall (Vic Tayback of the popular sitcom Alice and the big screen movie it was based on) has been following them from city to city to eventually lead the cops to arresting them as con artists. Also there is Tim Armstrong, (James Stephens remembered primarily as Law Student James Hart on The Paper Chase) as another skeptic, a street musician who is trying to find out what his girlfriend (and the others for that matter) sees in them. Eventually, He and She take a bunch of the people into their tent including Tim and Randall, and put all the non believers to sleep. When they (the non believers) awaken the next morning, they find all the believers mysteriously vanished. We then find our "converts" traveling in a school bus through the desert supposedly on their way to meet the space ship. When the bus breaks down, a married woman in the group goes into labor. He and She learn of this, and they take her aside, then slowly invite her and some of the others into a mysterious machine at their base (an abandoned airfield). When they come out of the machine, they are totally brainwashed of what the world thinks, only the will of He and She remains with them. Tim gets suspicious first when the "no longer pregnant" woman seems to have no memory of the baby (they seem to have completely ended her pregnancy). Then his girlfriend starts behaving weird, and to top of it off, he learns that the reporter, Randall, has also been affected. By the end of the story, the others are slowly led to the brainwashing machine and Tim is left alone. He is finally found by the local cops who have been trying to track them down, but when Tim leads to them to the base, everyone is gone who knows where. But the story doesn't end there, that would be too easy. 8 months later, Tim has put his life back together in Santa Fe when he learns something weird is going on. Seeing a pentagram in the sky that had been there the first time, he realizes He and She are back for a new flock, and what's worse Randall is with them to help. Question before the house becomes, was Randall brainwashed in our story, or was he always one of them, attempting to fool the police and set up Tim to his eventual break from his girlfriend? Moreover, did He and She take the others into space? or somewhere more terminal? Only time will tell and unfortunately our story ends here with Tim planning on getting our "alien/con artists" before they disappear this time. I saw this film on tv back in 1982, and have been trying to remember the title of this film for 25 years let alone find a copy to see again (it never even surfaced on SciFi where I would think at the time it would). Thanks to IMDB, I not only found the title (I did remember actors and certain aspects of the story) but learned it just hit DVD recently, and at only 6 buckeroos, I just had to add it to an order that I knew was about to ship. I did and less than a week later, it was here. If you can stomach this story loosely based on "Heaven's Gate", I'd say get a copy now before it gets away, but pick your time to watch it carefully, VERY CAREFULLY (you may walk in your sleep the next night).:-)"
Play for us Tim!
Cornelius M | Wallkill, NY | 09/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie on t.v. in the middle of the day while home sick from school about 20 years ago. It's the ultimate b-movie/cult film--I can't even believe it's on DVD! My dad watched it with me those years ago, and since then, whenever the subject of brainwashing, or cults, or any similar subject comes up in our conversation, we always repeat a line from this movie, during a scene when the brainwashees excitedly ask the mandollin playing guy: "Play for us Tim!" The line/scene is classic, disturbing and humorous--all at the same time! I didn't even remember the title of this movie until I decided to do some research on the internet. The only clue I had going for me was that I remembered that "She" was played by the same actress who played Barry Allen's mom on "The Flash" t.v. show from the early 90's. If you enjoy obscure, b-movie sci-fi, the "Mysterious Two" is for you!"