Small Town Monsters' 5th film, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, comes out soon. STM director Seth Breedlove let me check out an advance copy of the film to put up a review on here. Though I've been quite busy for about the last month and a half, I finally got a chance to check out the film, and these are my thoughts on it.
Invasion is about the strange happenings along the Chestnut Ridge in Pennsylvania. Local residents who have had strange encounters are interviewed, as well as researchers Stan Gordon and Eric Altman. Along the ridge, witnesses have reported ghost lights, UFOs, Bigfoot, werewolves, thunderbirds, and many, many other odd things.
Many well known sightings happened in the early 1970s, when reports of UFOs and Bigfoot were very frequent. The strangest thing of all this was that sometimes the two would be seen at the same time, or shortly after on another. Some witnesses even saw a white colored Bigfoot that was holding a ball of light.
On another occasion, two Bigfoot creatures were seen after what was apparently a UFO landed in a field. Multiple witnesses saw the creatures, and after the UFO left, the whole area was illuminated with an wood light, bright enough to "read the newspaper" in. Stan Gordon and his WCUFOSG study group arrived, and while there one of the witnesses started going crazy and having visions of the end of times.
Another big case in the film is the Kecksburg UFO incident. It occurred in December of 1965 when a UFO supposedly crashed in Kecksburg, PA. Local residents said the UFO was shaped like an acorn, and that military personnel showed up and took it away.
|Model of the UFO in Kecksburg|
Cases involving Men in Black are also in the film, including one where a strange man took photos of Bigfoot footprints from a young boy and then destroyed the footprints. When witnesses there got mad, he sped off in his car and was never seen again.
This film is a bit different from the others from STM, in that it doesn't focus on just one odd creature, but all sorts of odd phenomena as well. No one really knows why these unexplained things seem to happen frequently around the Chestnut Ridge.
|UFOs have been seen in conjunction with other|
odd things along the ridge...
Invasion on Chestnut Ridge will be available on October 20th, and will be premiering next Saturday at Creature Weekend at Salt Fork State Park.
Check out the STM website here.