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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Prophetic expose of the contactee mind-set

Author: guerra-4 from London, England
3 December 2004

This very interesting and disturbing TV film was based not on the Jonestown cult massacre but on the exploits of "The Two". This male and female pair of deluded UFO contactees roamed America in the 70's enlisting converts. I read articles about them then in major magazines such as TIME. They then disappeared and I wondered what had become of them. They resurfaced in the mid-90's as "Bo & Peep" the leaders of the suicidal Heaven's Gate cult. They believed they were in contact with a spaceship that was coming to Earth to collect them and was following in the wake of the Hale Bop comet. I think this TV movie takes an accurate and chilling look into the world of religious delusion, kooks, cults and the "outsider" mentality. I stumbled upon it late one night and it hooked me and has stayed with me. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Mysterious Two=Heaven's Gate

Author: eljonez from Portland, Oregon
9 May 2003

This movie was actually based on the Heaven's Gate cult that up and committed mass suicide in San Diego in 1997. The characters played by Pointer and Forsythe are based on Ti and Do, leaders of the UFO cult. Although the movie is profoundly hokey, it's a pretty chilling thing to watch when you realize that it's based on a genuine cult and sort of illustrates exactly what their plans were 15 years before they decided to act on them.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Genuinely Spooky

7/10
Author: nephihaha from Scotland
10 May 2012

I got the chance to watch this twice on an obscure cable channel. Otherwise it's very difficult to get hold of (it didn't appear on IMDb for a number of years).

It's by turns quite dated and cheesy, and oddly creepy and atmospheric. We never do really find out what's going on. In that sense, it's quite close to "Picnic at Hanging Rock". Two cult leaders start indoctrinating people, and one by one they start disappearing. The lesson here, perhaps is about giving yourself over to the unknown, particularly when you don't know what its intentions are.

Basically this film is a reaction to the various UFO sects that have sprung up over the years (especially in the decade or so before the film) - Heaven's Gate, Raelians, Share International ("Maitreya"), George Adamski, the Aetherius Society etc, and also some of the tragedies resulting from New Religious Movements in general, e.g. the Jonestown Massacre, the Manson Gang etc. As it turned out, the film demonstrates a real concern, as there have been many more such tragedies since then. It's also about the souring of the hippie/New Age ideal, about peace and love distorted and gone horribly wrong.

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But For A Hollywood Movie?

1/10
Author: richard.fuller1
31 May 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I remember this thing. We see the two strangers, they summon people, friendly and cult-like, into tents, then everyone vanishes. Where did they go? Where the two people really from outer space? Now I'm hearing this oddity was based on the cult that killed themselves, Heaven's Gate in the '90s or whenever it was. Or indirectly based on them, obviously.

This then gives way to why would Hollywood talent produce such an odd concoction as this, as if it were challenging people's open-mindedness.

Why not do that with plain old Christian views? But we can't have that, can we? That would be ripe for jokes.

And this isn't? Overall, this movie offered no insight into beliefs in aliens or anything else.

It was as dated as Wonder Woman effects. For some reason I recall watching it as we would V or something.

Truly bad.

Watch it if you like bad sci fi from the eighties, which can have its place, but it's unfortunate place in history makes you question the decisions they make in Hollywood all the more.

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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Lost Cult in Space!

Author: Son of Cathode from New England
3 March 2002

This has to be one of the oddest TV-movies of all time. Not only is it a blatant allegory (some might even say exploitation) of the horrible Jonestown Tragedy of the year before, but it has all the earmarks of a vicious propaganda piece against religious cults (considering most of them, this may be a good thing). The Jonestown connection is strong and very tacky (isolation, brainwashing, followers comprising a cultural cross-section, deception, mind control, etc). The cult followers are even called "The People of Tomorrow," in a brash allusion to "The People's Temple." There are scenes that are truly disturbing, like when an old man walks through a what appears to be a field full of corpses (an image right out of the New York Times front page the day after the Jim Jones/Leo Ryan massacre). Turns out the folks were only hypnotized, but the effect is jarring and chilling all the same. There are some effective animated sequences, and an unusually large cast for a TV Movie of the Week. John Forsythe and Priscilla Pointer are kind of goofy in their white-and-silver space suits, looking alot like Martin Landau and Barbara Bain from SPACE:1999. Vic Tayback (remember ALICE?) plays a nosy reporter who's trying to find the secret behind the cult, but he mostly just sits around and looks at everyone funny. Sonny Fox, who also produced, plays a Madison Avenue jerk who comes along for unclear reasons. (Fox was the beloved host of Channel 5's long-running kidshow, WONDERAMA.) Robert Englund (aka Freddy Kruger) has a meaty, early role as a skeptical deputy sheriff. Apparently, this bizarre TV film (made in 1979 but not shown until 1982) also served as the pilot for a proposed NBC-TV series called FOLLOW ME IF YOU DARE. This would have been one weird series...

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