The Santilli film, also known as Alien Autopsy, is a film that is said to document an alien autopsy from 1947. The recording was presented to the public in 1995, but was soon exposed as a forgery and has since been confirmed by the creators as non-authentic.


Roswell, Santilli, Abdoction, Alien, Autopsy, Film, Movie On May 5, 1995 Ray Santilli (* 1958), a film producer from London, presented the film for the first time in public to representatives of the press and some UFO researchers. According to him, the film material is referred to as so-called Santilli film or Santilli footage. Santilli claimed that he bought the film from a former American military cameraman. The Santilli film rekindled the general discussion about aliens and UFOs and for the first time the general public received evidence.

On April 4, 2006, the English television channel Sky One showed a documentary in which Ray Santilli claimed to have made the film in 1995. The alien model was created by John Humphreys, a film effects specialist. He also admitted to playing one of the autopsy doctors in the film. However, Ray Santilli claims that the project is a remake of a real autopsy, the footage of which he and his partner Gary Shoefield found in 1992 and which was badly disintegrated. So they asked John Humphreys for help by making an autopsy model for their film based on what they showed him.


The 16-minute film, shot in black and white, depicts the autopsy of a body that was said to have taken place in 1947 — a few weeks after Roswell's UFO crash. The alien was then believed to be taken to a laboratory in Fort Worth, Texas, where it was examined and autopsied. According to Ray Santilli, the film was made in early June 1947. The cameraman had backed up the material, which he sold to the British decades later.

The "humanoid alien" is about the size of a 12-year-old child, his body is completely hairless and has no obvious genital organs. The extremities appear disproportionate to the body and it has both six fingers and six toes. The right hand is severed. The skull is elongated, the auricles are small and underdeveloped, the earlobes are only recognizable at the base and the nose is flat. The eyes are small, but are far apart and deep in the eye sockets. They are under the eye with bags and look sunken. The mouth with very narrow lips is open, teeth are not visible. Overall, the facial expression looks "distorted pain" according to human impression. The alien's right leg has a large opening above the knee at the beginning of the film. It is not clear from the film whether this injury occurred during the autopsy or before.

After two sides of the room and the alien were also filmed with a few close-ups, two forensic specialists enter the laboratory and then examine the body by lightly touching it, turning the wrist slightly, looking into the mouth, and examining the injured leg in detail and then move and bend the knee several times. Later, use the scalpel to make a few cuts in the neck area, then open the chest and abdominal cavity and remove some organs. Then the eyes are examined and a cornea or lens is removed. Finally, the head is examined, the skull opened and the brain removed.


The film sparked widespread debate as to whether the alien autopsy presented was realistic or whether it was just a fake made excellently.

On the one hand, it is questioned whether the materials depicted in the film and the room furnishings could have existed in 1947. In particular, a black wall phone is being discussed, which can be seen in the background and obviously has a spiral cable. However, research by the supporters of the material showed that both the telephone and the spiral cable were already on the market in 1947. The cameraman, who walks around the table all the time to film the pathologists' work, avoids any close-up of the doctors or any shot of the other two sides of the room. The exposure in the room is poor and the pictures are partially blurred. Again and again it is pointed out that the amateurish-looking recordings, the small laboratory and the fact that the medical team consists of only two men seem inadequate for research work of such unique and elementary importance for humanity. On the other hand, the aspect of strict confidentiality must be observed. It is also surprising that the two doctors wear radiation protection suits with small glass windows, although no radioactive radiation was measured at the alleged site in Roswell. The suits also appear to be inadequate as protection against virological contamination since the doctors would have had to wear an additional breathing apparatus.

Furthermore, the autopsied "corpse" is questioned. On the one hand, this could be the real corpse of a person with genetically determined peculiarities (e.g. C syndrome or polydactyly), the visual characteristics of which could be similar to the appearance of the being shown. On the other hand, an excellently made dummy film of an alien can also be used. The latter, however, would hardly be conceivable if the Santilli film was actually made in the 1940s, since at that point the film animation technique had not yet developed as far. Pathologists were also consulted to assess the work of the doctors shown in the film. The experts came to the conclusion that the "film doctors" disregarded all the usual forms and processes of a conventional and a scientifically performed autopsy and proceeded rather unprofessionally. The doubters are also supported by the fact that the Santilli film is used at all important points in the autopsy, such as: B. the opening of the abdomen or the head of the supposed extraterrestrial film cuts that can not represent the fluid flow of the autopsy and thus allow enough scope for changes to a potential dummy. In addition, a final analysis of the entire Santilli film material at the time of production and film development is still missing. Parts of the film had already been examined by Kodak and dated to the 1940s, but they were all celluloid fragments that did not scan the autopsy room or the body of the alien. Ray Santilli refuses to release the original footage for further investigation by Kodak and an independent commission.

Another aspect is the ethical discussion as to whether - if it is actually an alien - the way the alien being shown in the film is appropriate. Some pathologists go one step further and claim that it is a crime if it is not an alien, but actually a person with the suspected diseases. These possible syndromes and individual features are comparatively rare and the majority are medically documented and archived. Therefore, according to the broad opinion of the medical profession, the person shown in the film should have been illegally autopsied only for the sake of producing a film that was produced solely to deceive mankind. In addition, it is nowhere clear where the recordings come from, where they were taken and who shot them.

Film comedy

The feature film "Alien Autopsy — All Visiting Friends" is a satire about the filming. The former head of the British "BUFORA Ltd (British UFO Research Association)" Philip Mantle, published the book "Roswell Alien Autopsy: The Truth Behind the Film that Shocked the World" in May 2012 and illuminates the background of the Santilli film.


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