The recent re-release of the cult 1985 science fiction film “The Quiet Earth” – that dialed back the post-apocalyptic weirdness to rethink the end of the world as we know it back when UFOs were called "flying saucers," is now popular again with ufologists and others here at Stonefield Beach when musing over the Mayan prophecy. Since the Mayan's predicted this year of 2012 is expected to bring the dawn of a new era – a year of transformation for our planet – locals in this eclectic community often study the meaning of natural state UFO mysteries. In turn, they think worst case scenario films such as “The Quiet Earth” offer “art that mirrors real life” for both believers and those who think anything they can’t understand is a hoax. “The critics who do not have a fundamental appreciation of different realities call everything they can’t control a hoax; while sitting on their brains that are weighted by the pressures of conformity in our culture,” explains Alison who once worked for Roger Corman back in the day when Hollywood “B-films” – such as “The Day the World Ended” and “In the Year 2889” had a devoted following along the lines of today’s Oregon UFO “watcher” group.
Also, the art film “The Quiet Earth” features a quote from Albert Einstein who said: “The creations of our mind should be a blessing, not a curse to mankind." Einstein made this statement -- states his official biography at Princeton University -- due to his angst over called a “hoax” when he first presented his scientific theories.
Real truth never dies away for UFO fans
According to retiree Alison, who moved to Stonefield Beach back in the Sixties after working in Hollywood as a production assistant for the famed B-movie director Roger Corman, said in a recent Huliq interview that last-man movies such as “The Quiet Earth” are the flip side of the disaster flick.
For instance, Alison explains how “last-man film scenarios are just what we’re hearing about worldwide today with the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012.”
In turn, Alison adds: “Sure it’s a hoax that our world will end this year. Or is it? Let’s call each and every UFO sighting back to 1940s a hoax. Now, consider there have been hundreds of thousands of reported UFO sightings worldwide since the 1940s. Sure, many have been a hoax. But, all you need is one, baby, and that ‘hoax’ will bite you in the butt because it’s a hoax to think we’re all alone in this universe. It’s no hoax to think that way. It’s simply ignorant.”
At the same time, Alison said she was “proud” to turn friends on during a recent showing of “The Quiet Earth” at a local community center that also recently featured the 1959 film “the World, the Flesh and the Devil,” and the 1960 classic art film “The Last Woman on Earth.”
Why do people fear the Mayan prophecy?
In contrast, Alison thinks today’s younger UFO and Mayan prophecy fans might enjoy the 40th anniversary edition of the 1972 classic “The Omega Man,” that this cult film expert says is based, in part, on Richard Matheson’s classic science fiction novel “I Am Legend,” that deals with a sole survivor of the human race who must barricade himself against a mutant horde of zombies who lurk on America’s dark streets at night.
Alison, 78, also views recent bickering people online who like to “spend their time stating that everything they can’t understand as a hoax,” should simply “allow the art form of these films – that explain how the human herd must be thinned – as something to consider and not something to condemn because you’re ignorant.”
In turn, Alison says she tells her grandkids “to not be afraid of the unknown because even the great Albert Einstein said: “The creations of our mind should be a blessing, not a curse to mankind.”
Will humanity prevail in 2012?
“The Quiet Earth” is not so quiet in presenting man's doom, wrote famed ufologist Richard Harland Smith in his review of the film when it was presented as a forerunner of today’s focus on the Mayan prophecy that the Earth will end in late 2012.
Smith and other ufologists -- who have studied both the art form of last-man-on-Earth films and the Mayan prophecies – point to The Quiet Earth’s plot about Zac Hobson, an Auckland, New Zealand employee of a project to “create an energy grid allowing war planes to circle the globe indefinitely with the need to refuel.”
“Something has gone terribly awry, however, causing the human race to go missing at 6:12 one July morning,” writes Smith; while also explaining how the Quiet Earth “eases speculative science to the background in favor of nailing the very human behavior that in its own way has brought the end of days.”
Smith goes on to state how “The Quiet Earth” echoes a number of prior “last-man scenarios,” both popular now with the high interest in UFO sightings and the Mayan prophecy.
End times predicted in 2012
For instance, Smith writes how the “myopic bank teller Burgess Meredith” found ‘Time Enough at Last’ – from the 1959 first season of the “Twilight Zone” – when Meredith playing the last man on Earth “tries to catch up on his reading, only to break the last eyeglasses on Earth.”
Smith also writes how “The Quiet Earth” seems to have influenced the recent “28 Days Later” film which opens similarly, “with its protagonist awaking naked and stumbling into city streets seemingly abandoned by humanity.”
At the same time, this area of the Oregon coast called “Stonefield Beach” is named for the turn of the century settlers, the "Stonefield family," who settled in this area of Oregon because – states Oregon history of early pioneer families – they “feared a pending apocalypse in Europe." That "apocalypse" would become World War I that, interesting enough, is also shared in a passage of the Mayan prophecy that refers to man’s “ability to destroy himself.”
Image source of the film poster for “The Quiet Earth,” a 1985 cult science fiction post-apocalyptic film that mirrors today’s Mayan prophecy that points to a cataclysmic disaster for the Earth in 2012. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Quiet_Earth_(film)