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Subject: MOVIE: "The Fourth Kind" Is A HOAX! Alien "Abductions" are Fantasy!
BILLY MEIER and The PLEIADIANS Offer Their Views on ALIEN "ABDUCTIONS!":
UFO-ALIEN ABDUCTION MOVIE: "THE FOURTH KIND" IS A GIGANTIC HOAX! / THE
MOVIE FRAUD IS BEING PROMOTED BY PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINERS! -
By Annalee Newitz, io9.com, Friday, November 6, 2009
Alien abduction flick The Fourth Kind bills itself as containing "actual
footage" from case histories. But this footage is so poorly faked that
it insults the audience's intelligence. So why are people still calling
this movie scary? Spoilers ahead.
The movie has an incredibly terrifying premise. Hundreds of people have
gone missing from the tiny, isolated town of Nome, Alaska since the
1960s. These missing persons cases have never been solved. But then a
psychiatrist named Abigail Tyler starts investigating a rash of sleep
disorders in Nome, and discovers that her patients are all having the
same visions of white owls who interrupt their dreams.
And when she hypnotizes one of her patients to find out more about this
"owl," he is reduced to abject terror and then flees her office to kill
his family and himself. Another patient, when hypnotized, starts
screaming in ancient Sumerian and starts levitating.
Eventually Tyler realizes the people of Nome are being abducted by
aliens, and she has been too. Set her discoveries against the tragic
backdrop of her husband's recent, violent death (by aliens?) beside her
in bed, and you've got a mega-spooky idea.
Plus, there is actual documentary footage from the "real life" Tyler's
sessions with these patients. And she even manages to record herself
being abducted by aliens who scream at her in Sumerian. Having grown up
utterly terrified by the alien abduction scene in "Close Encounters of
the Third Kind," I understand why "The Fourth Kind" sounds scary.
Plus it promised to be a pseudo-documentary, showing us
never-before-seen footage of people who have evidence that they've been
stolen from their beds at night by hostile aliens. Sealing the deal was
a star turn by Milla Jovovich, who makes every action movie more
But the movie stumbled out of the gate by hanging most of its fear power
on a fundamental dishonesty. There is no "archival footage." There are
no "actual case studies." Instead, we get badly-acted, blatantly fake
documentary footage which fuzzes out whenever anything alien happens.
There is some interesting editing, where filmmaker Olatunde Osunsanmi
shows the fake footage split-screened alongside a reenactment of the
fake footage and you feel like you're either watching 24 or some kind of
weird art-school critique of documentary realism. Unfortunately the
ashen fake/real Tyler is such a bad actress, and her CGI-widened eyes so
"alien," that you wind up with the sense that Osunsanmi and crew thought
audiences for this movie would be so monumentally stupid that they would
fall for anything.
I'm not against fake documentaries. I loved Paranormal Activity, which
was effective because the actors seemed so effortlessly real. Nothing
felt stagey or artificial about that movie's "documentary" evidence.
What pushes Fourth Kind from the merely bad into the actually insulting
was the filmmakers' insistence that the documentary evidence was real.
Actors from the "documentary" portions of the movie are uncredited, and
many media outlets are still reporting that the footage is real. There
was even an ill-fated Web campaign to create false professional
credentials and publications for Abigail Tyler, but after investigative
reporter Kyle Hopkins revealed them as fakes they were taken down.
Here's what Hopkins wrote:
Try Googling "Abigail Tyler" and "Alaska." You'll get a link to a
convincingly boring Web site called the "Alaska Psychiatry Journal" --
complete with a biography of a psychologist by that name who researched
sleep behavior in Nome. Except the site is suspiciously vacant, mostly a
collection of articles on sleep studies with no home page or contact
information. Another site,
features a story from the Nome Nugget about Tyler moving to Nome for
research. The problem? The story is credited to Nugget editor and
publisher Nancy McGuire, who says it's baloney and she never wrote
it.Both the news site and the medical journal site were created just
last month, according to domain-name research sites. Ron Adler is CEO
and director of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute.
Denise Dillard is president of the Alaska Psychological Association.
They said this week they've never heard of the Alaska Psychiatry
Journal, or of Abigail Tyler. So basically the movie's fakery was so
badly done that people involved with the movie didn't even bother to
create a convincing "Abigail Tyler" Web site that they could maintain
once the movie came out.
What I'm saying is that Fourth Kind reeks of laziness. Despite having a
great concept, it fails at every turn to make that concept convincing or
menacing. And this lackluster mood permeates all aspects of the film --
not just the poorly-executed hoax gimmick at its heart. There are three
competing, poorly-integrated stories vying for your attention in this
FIRST, there's the alien abduction story, and the mystery around what
the aliens are doing, which is never solved. All we know is that the
aliens are scary, and that they steal people out of their beds. We never
understand why anybody would want to be hypnotized by Tyler and Co.
after the first few people she hypnotizes kill themselves or get their
backs broken when aliens possess them and distort their bodies.
Even though Tyler has two credible witnesses to every single hypnosis
session, including one that involves alien possession and levitation,
those credible witnesses mysteriously never corroborate her story. So we
see her screaming and crying when police arrive to arrest her for
breaking her patient's back, and neither of her credible friends comes
forward to say, "Actually I was there, I am a licensed whatever, and
this guy broke his own back while having some kind of alien-induced
SECOND, there is the mystery of how Tyler's husband died. She remembers
him being murdered by an intruder, and for most of the movie her
psychiatrist friend is trying to hypnotize her so she can remember the
intruder's face. But then it turns out that actually her husband shot
himself, and she hallucinated the murder.
And everybody, including her friend, knew this all along. But nobody
tried to tell her. So we've got this hallucinating, crazed lady who is
being allowed to hypnotize people? And who still has custody of her
kids, even though her son is clearly scared of her? By the time the
aliens "abduct" her daughter during a fuzzed-out documentary moment, you
are ready for her to be arrested and put in a psychiatric hospital.
Finally, there's a whole "chariot of the gods" idea that's sort of flung
into the story as if we weren't already up to our eyeballs in disbelief
we couldn't suspend even if we wanted to. The aliens speak in ancient
Sumerian, which a professor is inexplicably able to understand, despite
the fact that the only access to Sumerian he has are from ancient texts.
Nobody knows how the language would have been pronounced. Still, he
figures out that the aliens are yelling things like "I am god," and
using the word "destroyed" a lot. We also don't understand why they're
still speaking an ancient language -- you'd think by now they would try
speaking English since they've been abducting Alaskans since before
Sarah Palin was born.
So we're left with an absolute mess of crappily-done documentary
footage, inexplicable aliens who act more like demons than scifi
creatures, and a main character (Tyler) who seems like a complete crazy
lady. Milla Jovovich still manages to shine, though it's hard when she
has lines like, "My baby! They stole my baby!"
By the end of "The Fourth Kind," you'll feel swindled -- and not in the
happy, they-fooled-me way. I can only assume that people who were scared
by this movie, or even vaguely intrigued by it, were responding more to
the movie's concept rather than its execution. There were a lot of ways
Osunsanmi could have taken this movie to salvage it. He could have
focused on making the documentary hoax convincing by creating believable
footage and a smarter online presence.
Or he could have pushed the movie over into the realm of Weekly World
News camp, winking at the audience while also delivering some chills.
Instead, he wrote and directed a movie whose earnestness is laughable --
and whose "reality" segments feel more staged than Jon and Kate Plus
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