This week on Click Vortex, Sam and Jason went deep on two of their favorite topics, Pee-Wee Herman and aliens. Among the topics they covered is The Arrival, a 1980 spiritual film created by the Unarius Academy of Science, a crew of spiritual seekers, often considered one of the most best known UFO cults. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to believe anything to be blown away by this hour-long movie—its incredible green screen work and special effects, combined with a majestic cinematic score and imaginative sound design, makes it a blast to just watch and take in.
Founded by Ernest and Ruth Norman in 1954 in Los Angeles, Unarius is rooted in the teachings its founders “channeled” through beings from spiritual words who grew concerned about atomic testing. Though Ernest died in 1971, under Ruth’s oversight the organization grew, in part due to her high profile media appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and The David Susskind Show. Media savvy and creative, Ruth, also called Uriel by her followers, built a video production studio in the late 1970s. From then on, Unarius’ programs began appearing on public access TV stations all over the United States.
Part Star Wars, part Star Trek, part Battlestar Galactica, The Arrival, the movie allowed Unarius students a chance to, as actors, “re-live their past lives through psycho-drama.” It tells saga of Zan, a primitive human who is confronted by extra-terrestrial beings who share with him the stories of his destructive past and lay out the path by which humanity may one day rejoin the Interplanetary Confederation. We’ll stop explaining, cause that’s very much beside the point. Just let these trippy graphics by Jeff Swanson and Ronald Robbins do their thing. See if you don’t end up convinced by the space brothers, too.