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OKLAHOMA CITY – This morning, driving to work, the eerily beautiful and vaguely sinister 1984 alt-rock song “The Killing Moon” by Echo & The Bunnymen was playing. It was on an MTV compilation CD from 1991 and it made me think of the time-travel-themed film Donnie Darko and how that song was used in that 2001 movie by Richard Kelly.

In the original version of Donnie Darko, “The Killing Moon” is playing as Donnie wakes up in the opening scene. It was later changed in the director’s cut where the INXS ballad “Never Tear Us Apart” replaces it. The key word is “tear.”

What is interesting about that song (followed on the disc, curiously enough, by Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” also featured in Donnie Darko) is that just last night was a very bright full moon. Several times during the night I detected a “humming” sound but could not find its source. The “humming” continued throughout the night and I would look out the window and see the moonlight spread over the neighborhood, lighting up everything. It certainly gave everything a surreal feeling, particularly at 2:30 a.m.

It made me think of the story I had just written about the strange sounds being heard out by the airport. Sure, they tell us, we were testing an airplane engine between midnight and 2 a.m. The interesting thing about that story is that a lot of people who read it say they think there is a cover-up of some sort taking place.

Anyway, right before bed I was up and up late. I was wide awake after midnight and was caught up in watching the 1984 sci-fi film The Philadelphia Experiment. It just happened to be on cable.

I had not seen the film in almost 25 years when it was played at a church lock-in. I have always been fascinated with the eerie urban legend of the U.S.S. Eldridge and it’s alleged involvement in a secret World War II-era Naval experiment (codenamed “Project Rainbow”) in 1943 (70 years ago this autumn) where space-time would be bent to the point where the craft would be made invisible and possibly turned into a time machine utilizing Einstein’s unified field theory. Of course the Navy’s objective was to render the doomed Eldridge invisible. Stories say the hyperdimensional physics worked – with horrific consequences for the sailors.

Which brings us to the 1984 film. Two sailors, during the 1943 experiment, jump overboard and find them falling through a tear in the space-time vortex and end up on a secret military base in Nevada in 1984. The two sailors – David Herdeg (Michael Pare) and Jim Parker (Bobby Di Cicco) – are chased by a helicopter (which crashes) and make their way across the desert to a town, where they find themselves in a diner as a lightning storm blows in.

Eventually Parker disappears following an injury, transported back to 1943, and Herdeg presses on with a female companion to California, before being captured by the military and entering the expanding hyperdimensional energy vortex that was tearing a hole in time and space and threatening to destroy the earth. Herdeg enters the vortex in a space suit very similar to the one worn by astronaut Dave Bowman in 2001:A Space Odyssey and does save the world. It’s a good film.

Nineteen-eighty four was also the same year noted in the 1988 (when Donnie Darko is set) Dean Koontz sci-fi thriller Lightning. It deals with World War II, time travel, Nazis and lightning. The time machine, described in the novel, resembles a “tunnel.” Time tunnels, tearing holes in space-time appear in The Philadelphia Experiment, Donnie Darko and 2001, as do “rainbows.” I sense a connection here.

Researcher and author Joseph P. Farrell talks to George Noory on Coast to Coast AM about The Philadelphia Experiment, the Nazi bell and secret technology in this 2013 program.

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