Originally published in a CMI newsletter, September 2017
When the book Alien Intrusion came out in 2005, it became a unique resource, not just in the realm of creation apologetics, but also for the wider Christian community—because, for the first time, there was a thorough biblical, Christian response to the ‘baffling’ UFO phenomenon. Hundreds of testimonies that continue to this day indicate that it proved enormously helpful to many people. It is likely more unbelievers than believers have read this book due to its status as an Amazon Top-50 best-seller. It has also been an effective evangelism resource. Beth G. wrote:
“This summer I had the opportunity to share the book Alien Intrusion by Gary Bates with a co-worker, and the effect it had on her was amazing. She had … pretty well abandoned her faith and become an atheist. However, after reading the book and realizing that Christianity was logical and relevant, she re-dedicated her life to Christ.”
How much more could a top-notch movie achieve?
CMI’s cutting-edge video projects like Darwin: The Voyage That Shook the World, Fallout, and Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels have proved to be effective resources for Christians to use. Making the feature-length Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception involved traveling around the world to interview, firsthand, experts and ‘experiencers’—people who had encounters with what they believed were extraterrestrial beings or craft. People will be shocked to hear that even non-Christian experts affirm our Christian interpretation by claiming: The UFO phenomenon is deceptive in nature, is emanating from another realm or dimension, and the entities behind it are deceptive and hiding their true intentions. UFO beliefs are more mainstream than most Christians realize, so it is important to spread this message as widely as possible! For example, Marcus B. wrote:
“I read ‘Alien Intrusion’. This book revealed my ignorance of the motivations and scope of the whole alien/UFO manifestation. I am thankful that Mr. Bates wrote this book and I see it filling an important need in the church.”
Sci-fi movies and TV shows reign as the undisputed kings of the screen and most endorse the idea of older, more evolved and advanced aliens overseeing life on Earth. Alien Intrusion demolishes the belief that life must have evolved on other planets. But one challenge we continually face is how to get people to read a book. But the same information, presented in an attractive, cutting-edge movie format, has truly life-changing potential for people. Ray S. emailed to say:
“I have been a Christian for over 30 years. I am an applied scientist and have always been interested in the UFO phenomenon. Since coming to faith I have grappled with the existence of ‘extraterrestrials’ and how they fit in to God’s salvation. Since reading Alien Intrusion… I have been wonderfully enlightened as to the demonic nature of the phenomena. … I believe that Alien Intrusion is so important in helping disclose the deception … that I would like to financially support in some way the production of the movie.”
A unique opportunity
An unexpected opening came our way when a movie agency suggested that Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception would do well not just in a niche Christian market, but even with mainstream audiences, due to the huge appeal of the alien/UFO topic. We sent them a draft and they made comments such as “This film is phenomenal and people need to see it!!! … ideally on the big-screen! It’s beautiful, informative and faith affirming—let’s get it out there!!!” They added that they “rarely see independent projects of such excellent quality—and with the high-quality filming and specially-made CG animations, The Alien Intrusion movie can hold its own alongside other professional films.” This really is a rare chance to bring the message of creation and salvation in a format relevant to today’s culture.
Like the book, this movie could make a difference in the lives of many people, like Tori F., who wrote:
“I always love watching sci-fi movies and at one stage ever really wondered if there are other alien world outside our milky way. You are definitely right when you mentioned ‘supernatural manifestations appear as glorified spacemen’… [a] subject that should be close in the hearts of all Christians as deception is really getting very widespread.…God bless and may God bless you growing from strength to strength.”
Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception will be shown in movie theaters across the US for one night only on 11 January 2018. Globally, the movie may be released in different ways. But in whatever form, churches and individual Christians will be able to arrange a movie night and invite friends to see a film on one of the most popular cultural themes there is. I’ll leave you with a comment from supporter Kara B. which aptly conveys our intentions behind the film.
“This project is incredible! I am so excited to see its completion, and hear of the many lives that will be reached for Jesus through it. Thank you and God bless!”
Hi. The address link you have given for Australian screenings (fan-force.com) does not work. I am interested in where/if this movie is showing in Australian cinemas. Thank you.
Gary Bates responds
John P., Australia, 28 December 2017
Gary, I just tried to get fan force link on my computer and the computer won't accept it as it no longer considers it secure. Can this be fixed? Be good to see the movie in Australia or in SA where I am
Gary Bates responds
It's working now. Try shift+refresh on your browser. If it doesn't work just go to the Fan-Force website, select your region and type in the movie name. Or just go to https://fan-force.com/films/alien-intrusion/. To get it to your area all you need to do is act as a host for a cinema screening. The details are on the Fan-Force site on how this works.
James M., United States, 29 December 2017
I'm not sure why this isn't showing in Jacksonville, NC. Your other releases were and had good attendance. Let me know when this is available on DVD since it's not showing in my town. Thanks!
Gary Bates responds
Hi James, I think you are confusing us and this film with other recent film release, although, one of our scientists appeared in one of those films. You could contact the theater in that area and just ask them if they will screen it. If you can also arrange and guarantee a group booking, they will be very disposed towards adding their screen. Please keep in mind that as producer we have no control over how many screens it will appear one, or where it will appear. That is up to the distributor and their arrangement with the theaters.
Due to the general release in US theaters in January 2018, CMI’s contractual obligations to the distributor means that we are obliged to observe a considerable period of time before any DVD release could be considered or even mentioned. And depending upon the success or otherwise of the general theater release, it is possible that we may consider a second go-around in the theaters, further delaying any potential DVD release. Additionally, theater releases are going to take place in February and March in most of our non-US CMI offices around the world and, thus, there will be a similar contractual time period with overseas distributors before any DVD release. All CMI documentary DVDs have subtitling not only in English but in many languages, plus bonus features added. This work has still to be completed, so it will be many months before any likelihood of a DVD being produced. All of our current energy is being spent on making our theater nights a successful outreach event.
In short, if you would like to watch the movie soon, then you will need to attend a theater screening. You can try to find a convenient theater and book tickets at Fathom Events. (US only. Also, you can follow any potential further releases (theater or DVD) by subscribing to our Email newsletter called Infobytes.
Sorry for the long reply but I thought it might be helpful to explain for the benefit of other readers too.