In 1995, a video showing the autopsy of an alien by ‘government pathologists’ shocked the world – and made millions.
Now the film-maker behind it has revealed how the infamous ‘Alien Autopsy’ film fooled the world (not to mention inspiring a pretty terrible movie starring Ant and Dec).
The famous “alien autopsy” video
Spyros Melaris reveals in a new one-man West End showthat the film claiming to show an alien body being examined in 1947 was actually shot in a north London flat.
The ‘dead alien’ in the 17-minute footage watched by millions worldwide was made for him by sculptor John Humphreys, a special effects expert who has also worked on Dr Who.
Melaris, 58, told a West End audience how he sourced 1940s surgeons’ outfits and medical instruments from prop providers in the UK and USA.
The ‘government pathologists’ filmed dissecting the pale, potbellied corpse of the extraterrestrial being were his brother and then girlfriend in the Camden apartment.
Melaris said they used used cow and lamb organs from a local butcher for the alien’s innards. At one point he revealed they considered raspberry jelly for the brain but it was “too dark”.
He spliced his 16mm film footage onto original Pathe newsreel of a 1947 college baseball match in Roswell to persuade experts from Kodak it could
Musician Ray Santilli reputedly made many millions by claiming the grainy black and white film was made by a US military official shortly after the1947 Roswell UFO incident.
In a one-man show at London’s Leicester Square Theatre on Sunday, Melaris said, ‘For me, it was just a joke, a bit of fun but I have learnt my lesson.
‘I would like to say now that there is a big part of me that feels remorse. I underestimated the response. The reality is that everybody in the UFO community took this film as the smoking gun, proof of UFOs and aliens.’