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Monday, November 20, 2006

Welcome!

Thanks for visiting the Teenagers From Outer Space blog.

The first time I saw TFOS was on a sunny afternoon on Long Island. I was sick and couldn't go outside, so while my family was out, I sat in my parents' bedroom trying to see how high the channels would go. After many channels of blank static, something finally appeared: a black and white movie where a young man dressed in a funny uniform ran around with a ray gun.

Content to having found something, I switched back to more normal programming. But I was intrigued, and there was no one home -- I switched back. Something about the film reeled me in. Sure, it was crappy, just like the stuff I would watch on MST3K with my friends, but something about it made me want to keep watching.

So I did. Eventually I looked up the film on IMDB, and the rest is history. Shortly after I recieved the film as a present in 2001, I did some sleuth work and found contact information for Bryan Pearson, "Thor" in Teenagers.

A timid young teen, I sent him a short letter asking a few questions. He was amazed that anyone, especially a young person, would be interested in such a film.

After that, TFOS kept popping up everywhere in my life. I referenced it in essays, short stories, and throughout the MSTs my friends and I wrote online. I showed it to everyone I knew. And over the years, I tried to learn more.

Now that I live in Los Angeles, I have access to the places the cast and crew lived and worked. The somewhat hazy locale of the film becomes clearer and more enthralling as I stand on the locations used for filming, and stumble across information I've sought for years.

Finally all the pieces are coming into place, and I'd like to share my journey with you as I pull the story together into a documentary that tells the tale of one man, Tom Graeff, and his dream of making it big in Hollywood.

Teenagers is a lesson to all young filmmakers, and also a warning. Anyone can make their dreams come true, if they try hard enough. But you have to believe in yourself, even if the project doesn't come out as planned.

I sure hope this one does, for Tom's sake.

Intrigued yet?
Read on ...

1 gargon specimens:

Action Ash said...

Hi,
I just wanted to say thank you for this blog because, in England, there is not a big fanbase for this kind of thing and I have to rely on the internet to get this kind of info. I am a big fan of B-movies and 50's science fiction and "Teenagers from outer space" was the first one I owned on DVD.
I've been reading through your entries and they're really interesting from the point of view of a fan and someone who is studying media related subject at university.
Also I've been planning to get the images of the girl being zapped by the disintergrator tattooed on me at some point. I'll send you a picture when I actually get round to doing it.

Thanks again

Ash

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