The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Architects of Fear 

A secret group of scientists decide to surgically alter one of their members into an 'alien', in order to convince the world that an alien invasion is imminent. They hope that such a threat... See full summary »

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Allen Leighton
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Dr. Phillip Gainer
Martin Wolfson ...
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Yvette Leighton
Hal Bokar
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A secret group of scientists decide to surgically alter one of their members into an 'alien', in order to convince the world that an alien invasion is imminent. They hope that such a threat will force all governments to make peace with one another. However such a complex plan has many vulnerabilities... including the wife of the volunteer. Written by Gazhack

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30 September 1963 (USA)  »

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The plot of The Architects of Fear is very similar to the ending of Watchmen. The Watchmen pay homage to The Outer Limits by having Sally Jupiter watching The Outer Limits on her TV. See more »

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When Leighton is wheeled from the operating room to the elevator, the floor is visible. There is no break in the solid floor as one would normally see upon entering a real elevator. Obviously no elevator was actually used and the elevator doors were probably moved by hand. See more »

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Control Voice (uncredited voice played by Vic Perrin): [film footage of people running out in the streets and a missile in the sky] Is this the day? Is this the beginning of the end? There is no time for wonder, no time to ask why is it happening, why is it finally happening. There is time only for fear, for the piercing pain of panic. Do we pray now, or do we merely run now and pray later? Will there *be* a later, or is this the day?
[a mushroom cloud explodes before the film projector is shut off]
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References From Here to Eternity (1953) See more »

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Alien Hoax
10 March 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Robert Culp stars as Allen Leighton, who is a scientist that is a member of an elite and secret group of scientists who have decided to do something about the precarious global situation by using DNA from a captured baby alien called a Thetan, to transform Allen(whose name was picked by lot) into an Adult Thetan in order to scare the nations into uniting against a common enemy when a space capsule carrying him lands in a city, but sadly the plan goes tragically wrong, especially concerning his pregnant wife Yvette(played by Geraldine Brooks)... Thoughtful story with a fine performance by Culp, though the alien itself may now seem comical, outcome obvious, though still effective.


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