One hopes that George Kennedy was either well paid or was unaware of the
full intent of those behind "The Jupiter Menace." In his defense, Kennedy
appears only a few times throughout this "documentary" and doesn't embarrass
himself to any great extent. Among the crop of Bigfoot, Bermuda Triangle,
and UFO "documentaries" made in the 1970s and into the '80s, "Jupiter
Menace" is a real gem. The film reveals its dire message that an alignment
of planets in the, then near future, 1982 will start a period of turmoil on
Earth that will reach its peak in 2000 causing a basic end of the world as
we know it. The film is a prime example of this silly scare genre and
includes goofy re-enactments and interviews with "experts" that are taking
facts from Bible prophecy and/or psychic visions. Certainly more amusing
today, now that we've passed all the dates foretold in the movies as being
doomsday, this movie will entertain those curious. Particularly fun is the
near-guarantee given by nearly everyone interviewed in the film that May
5th, 2000 is the certain end of the happy existence we've enjoyed on planet
Earth. Also fun and equally frightening are the interviews with
survivalists in the Ozarks and Illinois that are preparing to survive the
deadly days ahead of us all in the 1980s. One must wonder, where are those
folks now??? Sadly, they're likely still packed away in a bunker somewhere!
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