Release Date: November 6, 2009
The movie “The Fourth Kind” is listed as a fact-based thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.
I can’t resist a mystery, so admittedly, I did a little research into the story to find out that since the 1960s a lot of visiting Native Americans going into Nome went missing. In fact, since 1990, 10 have gone missing. No signs of what happened to them, no bodies found. The FBI was called in to find out if there as a serial killer. The FBI pretty much chalked it up to local bars and drinking and either wandering off into the cold and drowning in the river or being preyed upon by opportunists.
So, how did a story such as that become a movie about abductions?
That had me wondering. When a movie talks about having real footage of actual hypnotherapy sessions with abductees, it smacks of “Blair Witch Project” promotion. Come on, how many of you searched out the story of the Blair Witch and the missing film crew? Well, it appears this story is much the same. The doctor the movie was based on has a “mock” website registered by “GoDaddy.com” so that about says it all (note there are no contact addresses on the site).
Admittedly, I am totally cool with promotion for movies that crosses the “reality” threshold. I remember the “Blair Witch Project” and its online promotion was what made a budget nothing movie into an enormous success. I also, however, can’t help but be cautious when assuming promotional materials are reality. I’m not a gullible type, so I tend to be skeptical when they say anything is based on a true story (remember “A Haunting in Connecticut” and “Amityville Horror?”)
It won’t stop me from seeing the movie. I’m hoping the “reality” aspects of it will make it seem much more visceral. I can’t help thinking of that scene in “Signs” when the brother is in the closet watching the film footage of a birthday party in which the alien is caught by viewers. It was so much like how it would go down in real life that it gave me goosebumps. I’m hoping this movie does the same. I’m ready for a reality feel in a fiction movie (it worked in “Cloverfield”).
If this trailer above is any indication, it’s going to be a tense and exciting ride.