Weirdumentary: Ancient Aliens, Fallacious Prophecies, and Mysterious Monsters from 1970s Documentaries (Paperback)

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In the 1970s, an incredibly popular new film genre emerged, one that would later be reborn on television. And yet there has never been a book on the subject...until now.


Weirdumentary examines over 45 movies, positioned as documentaries, that began with Chariots of the Gods (1970) and ended with The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981). Relying on spurious experts, questionable evidence, and low-budget dramatizations, these pseudo-scientific documentaries examined subjects ranging from the Bermuda Triangle to Bigfoot, from the paranormal to speculative histories. And they made millions of dollars from Americans who repeatedly bought tickets to them at movie theaters. Weirdumentary features a fun and accessible history of these crazy films, individual entries on all of them, and a plethora of fantastic images. Weirdumentary is a must for fans of the cinema, of pop culture, of the 1970s, and of UFOlogy, the paranormal, cryptids, and all things weird

About the Author


Gary D. Rhodes, Ph.D. (Cherokee) is a filmmaker and film historian. He is the author of over fifteen books on the cinema, among them The Perils of Moviegoing in America (Bloomsbury, 2012) and The Birth of the American Horror Film (Edinburgh UP, 2018). Rhodes' work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, and many other newspapers, magazines, and peer-reviewed journals. His films include Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) and Banned in Oklahoma (2005), the latter released by the Criterion Collection. His latest animated film, Ulalume (2023) has won seven awards. Having been tenured faculty at The Queen's University (UK) and the University of Central Florida, Rhodes currently serves as Professor of Media at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781627311571
ISBN-10: 1627311572
Publisher: Feral House
Publication Date: March 4th, 2025
Pages: 280
Language: English