September 6, 2012

Operation Trojan Horse: The Movie

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In the early 1970s, John started to make a film about UFOs.  He never finished it.  It wasn’t too complicated; it consisted mostly of him speaking to the camera, with occasional shots of relevant books and photos.  He shot it in regular 8mm, with magnetic sound, which was, unfortunately, a particularly difficult format.  The rough cut has survived: it shows John, in some flamboyant ’70s fashions (he favored ruffles and paisley at the time), delivering his lines before a variety of backgrounds.  Apparently the sound was hard to regulate, as his voice is recorded at different speeds, and occasionally drowned out by background noise.

I’m not sure where he planned to show it.  It looks as if it was a lot of work.  Perhaps he wanted a more elaborate version of one of his talks, something that he could show at conventions.  It’s fairly unwatchable in its current state (unless there’s an unsuspected audience for mod Keel on helium); we’ll see if we can standardize the speed.  Meanwhile, it does contain some interesting footage of James Moseley interviewing Woodrow Derenberger; I hope to post that online soon.

John also left a packet of script pages and index cards.  Here, then, is the beginning, and one of the cards that he used while shooting.




  1. Hello. I really Loved these notes from Mr. Keel’s “screenplay” for OPERATION TROJAN HORSE. I am a film school graduate (2005)
    and I grew up in Ashland, Kentucky which is about an hour away from Point Pleasant, W VA.
    I attended a “Mothman Festival” in Point Pleasant in 2003, the day they unveiled the Mothman Statue in downtown Point.
    John A. Keel was present that day and spoke about his experiences in the late 1960’s which led to his book “The Mothman
    Prophecies”. I spoke with Mr. Keel for about fifteen minutes, listened to his lecture on U.F.O.’s, The M.I.B., & Mothman, he also signed my copy of his book “The Mothman Prophecies”.
    He was wearing a white, 3-piece-suit, black shirt and (I think) a red tie. He was a very nice, distinguished and very classy gentleman. I was very sorry to read of his passing a couple of years back.
    I hope you are able to upload the available footage you said you have from OPERATION TROJAN HORSE! It sounds Lovely and don’t
    think I’m alone when I write that I would be VERY interested in seeing it! Thanks for the web site in Mr. Keels honor!

    – Joshua

    Comment by Joshua M. Roark — November 8, 2012 @ 6:45 am

  2. We do hope to post at least part of it. As I said, it’s unfinished, and we would need to work on the sound. Glad to hear that John behaved himself in Point Pleasant!

    Comment by Doug — November 8, 2012 @ 9:28 am

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