This third-rate production concerning the government cover-up of a crashed and recovered UFO is of slight interest and some minor unintentional amusement. Performances range from middling to terrible; Vaughn makes the best of a mediocre script in a serviceable performance, while McGavin overacts as blandly as possible. The story moves along satisfactorily, in spite of plot holes that a gigantic alien mothership could easily navigate though. Highlights: violent, rampaging astronauts, the cleanest accidental beheading in interstellar history, space alien iconography and the most inept government agents ever assembled to preserve national security. This is a cut above the average TV movie and below mainstream feature fare.
I was one of the folks who had the good fortune to see HANGAR 18 when it was released originally theatrically. Come to think of it, I think I saw it twice. It was my kind of story: soft science fiction all set against the backdrop of a government conspiracy. While the picture opened with the qualifier that it was all based on facts, I had done my share of reading from UFO literature and the like to know that what the producers served up instead was far … more