Alien Autopsy

Posted in: Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 4th, 2010

(out of 5)

Gino Sassani

Gino Sassani is a member of the Southeastern Film Critic's Association (SEFCA) and The Critics Association of Central Florida (CACF). He is a film and television critic based in Tampa, Florida. He's also the Senior Editor here at Upcomingdiscs. Gino started reviewing films in the early 1990's as a segment of his local television show Focus. He's an award-winning recording artist for Omega Records. Gino is currently working on his 8th album Merchants & Mercenaries. Gino took over Upcomingdiscs Dec 1, 2008. He works out of a home theater he calls The Reel World. Favorite films: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Body Snatcher (Val Lewton film with Karloff and Lugosi, not the pod people film), Unforgiven, Gladiator, The Lion King, Jaws, Son Of Frankenstein, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and Monsters, Inc.


  1. Mark Center
    10/05/2010 @ 12:37 pm

    Gino Sassani “These guys fleeced the media moguls of 89 countries out of $740 million.”

    Where do you get this amount from Gino? You’re being very specific here so I ask you, where did you find out that this amount of money was made off the broadcasters by Santilli?

    Thank you,


  2. Philip Mantle
    10/05/2010 @ 12:53 pm

    I’d like to know where you got that info from as well.

  3. Steve Kaeser
    10/05/2010 @ 2:16 pm

    I would suggest that perhaps the number has (at least in part)been pulled out of thin air. Ray Santilli and his group don’t act like they made millions of dollars, and I doubt they’d have wasted time with the “Ant and Dec” spoof. I also would like to see an accounting of what media outlets paid millions of dollars.

  4. Gino Sassani
    10/05/2010 @ 3:12 pm

    Hey Guys,
    The amount is mentioned in the movie. Remember this is a review of the movie and not the actual events. I don’t know how much the original guys made, but the film does specifically name $740 Thousand. Looking back over my notes the Million was a typo but I did not pull it from thin air. Sorry for the typo.
    Take Care,

  5. Philip Mantle
    10/07/2010 @ 5:04 am

    The original movie is a complete scam. Read my new book ALIEN AUTOIPSY CASEBOOK. Issue 2 of UFO MATRIX magazine has an interview in it with Spyros Melaris, he is the man that led the team that faked it. Don’t buy this DVD.

  6. Gino Sassani
    10/07/2010 @ 11:02 am

    Yes, Philip. The original movie was a scam. That is made VERY clear in this film. I am not endorsing the scam. But this is a very funny film which will absolutely entertain. This review has really nothing to do with the 1995 scam.

  7. Mark Center
    10/08/2010 @ 12:07 pm

    >>> This review has really nothing to do with the 1995 scam. <<<

    Actually, it does. Any promotion of this film continues to promote the original scam; a review, the sales of the DVD, softball interviews with Santilli, etc. It’s one in the same, made worse because both projects came about by the same man; making money, and continuing to make money off and because of the original scam.

    You can’t distant yourself from this because you think a film review is just that, a harmless review. In this case, it isn’t.

    You’re giving more publicity to Santilli, which in turn keeps his face and name in the public eye, which helps him get his next Alien Autopsy projected funded.

    Santilli continues his lying, scheming and profitable ways, assisted by movie reviewers who know it’s all a scam but who couldn’t be bothered with pointing this fact out in a clear and factual manner.

    Better to be read, in any way, than to assist with the publishing of the truth I suppose.

    You’re not a reported, granted, sadly, reporters aren’t reporters anymore either.

  8. Mark Center
    10/08/2010 @ 12:12 pm

    Also, it wasn’t made clear in the Ant and Dec film that the original was a scam. What Santilli is saying is that there was “original footage” and they based their scam; their “restoration” on what Santilli saw, bought and seemingly still has in his procession. Philip’s research says no, there was NEVER film, and that it’s all a fake.

    The film presents it both ways, it’s a scam but it’s also real.

    You may want to watch the film again. It’s quite clear.

  9. Gino Sassani
    10/08/2010 @ 12:23 pm

    Hey Mark,
    I’m sorry, but I won’t lie and say that this film isn’t entertaining and funny as Hell because of the politics of the original scam. My job isn’t to review based on an agenda. I stand by my review that “THIS” film is a lot of fun to watch. My readers expect me to judge this release on its own entertainment value.I’m happy to have your comments on the record here. I hope you understand the purpose of this review, however. To take your point of view would mean I must consider all movies where the subject is “bad” as bad films. A movie about Hitler can’t be a good movie, because Hitler was a bad person. A movie about Capone can not get a god review, under your point here. Take Care, Gino

  10. Mark Center
    10/08/2010 @ 12:52 pm


    While I understand your stance of the purpose of a film review, and I don’t disagree on the surface, it doesn’t fit in every case. Doing a search on Oliver Stone’s “JFK”, will result in reviews which clearly had an agenda.

    Is this right or wrong? Depends on whom you ask and the viewer of the film I suppose. Depending on the “nature” of the film, I think a bit of reality-based reviewing isn’t such a bad thing. Oliver Stone would agree and is on record saying as much.

    We never asked you to down play the films entertainment value. That’s a matter of taste anyway. In my opinion, this film could, and should be reviewed in the same manner the majority of the reviewers took to task the Stone “JFK” film.

    After all, both films are a mixture of “self-professed” fiction and fact.

    We “AA” researchers only have so many opportunities to get out the truth, so we jump on any opportunity to do so, and with zeal.

    We’re hopeful that the mass public, the same public which watched with fascination, the Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction on Fox (in the US) and the same public whom got fleeced by Santilli, might stumble upon our attempts to right his wrong.

    We appreciate you allowing us to voice our opinions on this site.


  11. Philip Mantle
    10/08/2010 @ 1:25 pm

    To support this film in a positive manner is to support the scam that continues to this very day. It simply puts more money into the pockets of the scumbags in question.

    Don’t buy it. It’s as simple as that.

  12. Gino Sassani
    10/08/2010 @ 2:20 pm

    Hey Mark, I take issue with you saying I did not review this film in a factual way. I acknowledge several times in the film that the 95 film was a hoax. While you might disagree with my points, I take exception to being called a liar. Perhaps you are correct and some reviewers have an agenda. This reviewer and this site does not. We will continue to review each film based strictly on its entertainment value. As for pointing out the other side. You will note I said the guys “fleeced” the networks. I think that makes clear the point that the 1995 film was a scam.

  13. Mark Center
    10/08/2010 @ 3:12 pm

    I apologize for giving you, or anyone the impression that I was calling you a liar. Santilli is the liar, the first film was a lie, and this second film is a continuation of that lie; all for profit.

    Taken in this light, the Ant and Dec film, on the surface, is entertainment, and the majority of the public will take it as such. Underneath that veneer; it’s much more than that, there’s no getting around this fact.

    Again, I appreciate your willingness to allow us to post our insights and I apologize for any misunderstanding.

    Most Sincerely,

    Mark Center

  14. Mark Center
    10/13/2010 @ 4:45 pm

    At my local Wal Mart they sold 2. They’ve been pulled off the shelf already to make room for the new releases. This doesn’t happen normally, so quickly, but a lot of DVD’s for Halloween are being released…? I’ll check the $5 bins next week.

  15. Mark Center
    10/21/2010 @ 3:27 am

    Hi All,

    Well, my Wal Mart still doesn’t have the DVD on the shelves? They pulled it and it hasn’t come back?

    Anyway, I had the pleasure of doing a podcast on Wednesday with Gino.

    He gave me the opportunity to talk about and pass along information regarding the original Alien Autopsy video and how the just released DVD of the Ant and Dec film “Alien Autopsy” twists the original story around.

    I shy away from doing press in a general way but I had a wonderful time shooting the bull with Gino. Very fun, fast paced and informative. It should be posted sometime on Thursday.

    Thanks very much Gino. For once, I had a positive experience with the media.

    Most Sincerely,

    Mark Center

  16. William Sawers
    10/21/2010 @ 7:16 pm

    Without turning this into a discussion of the Alien Autopsy, I think it is important that the other side be stated. Philip has been talking up the hoax business for quite some time but we still don’t actually know if there was genuine film. Even the man who stated he hoaxed the footage has said in an interview he saw the creature in the original Alien Autopsy on old damaged film, nor has Santilli ever changed his story regarding buying the film in USA.

    At the end of the Ant and Dec film there is an end-piece we still don’t know if it’s from the original footage or not. After contacting the studio we’ve had two different answers. Nevertheless it’s an interesting review Gino and thanks for allowing us to have our say.

  17. Mark Center
    10/21/2010 @ 8:35 pm

    podcast has been posted regarding this DVD:

  18. Mark Center
    12/02/2010 @ 2:34 am

    The Ant and Dec “Alien Autopsy movie never came back to Wal Mart. Not sure what happened? They sold one to me, pulled it and that was it.

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