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A photographer and his model are on a photo shoot in a forest when they get the feeling they are being watched. The feeling becomes so strong that they decide to cut their session short and leave. Later, when they develop the photos they took, they discover what looks like alien creatures in the background. Written by
Franco Garofalo, some years before quite rightly winning best Oscar for his performance as the undead-baiting, wild eyed Santoro in Zombie Creeping Flesh, plays in this film an alien-baiting, wild eyed photographer called Peter. Now, Peter's out on a photo shot with girlfriend Sherry Buchanan (some years before SHE won best Oscar for having her vocal chords removed in Zombie Holocaust), and although he notes that it's rather creepy out there, it's not until he gets home when he notices he's captured some strange figures in the background.
Heading back out to the photo shoot, Peter is then abducted by some aliens who also blind a dog and irradiate some poor fellow. Sherry informs her journalist friend that she's going looking for him, but not before giving him some negatives. Then she vanishes too. Now our hack Tony's going to have to do some investigating, which isn't going to be easy as the cops (led by Martin Balsam, who's hilariously been dubbed by a Yorkshire accent) tells him to take nowt to do w' it.
Tony teams up with his UFOlogist mate Coleman and with his secretary also helping out, Tony has to deal with the cops, a special, creepy branch called the silencers, and those aliens themselves, who tend to turn up rather a lot to clear up some clues themselves.
At first, I thought this was going to be a snore-fest. Although there was plenty of atmosphere to begin with, it looked like there wasn't going to be too much going on after that. I was wrong though. If it isn't the Silencers turning up now and again to put the squeeze on Tony and give him a kicking, the aliens also appear often to make sure no ones got evidence. These days it would be all posted on Youtube and the aliens could have just typed in 'Fake!' and that would be that.
There's loads of double crosses, espionage, proper references to UFO occurrences, and a nice soundtrack. For a late seventies Italian film, there's absolutely no gore, sex and (thankfully) animals getting killed, so that's refreshing for a start. As daft as the aliens look, they still manage to be creepy, as does the final image of what happened to Peter.
This is a nice diversion from the usual carnage. Those with patience might like it.
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