Update: We’ve added a featurette for The Fourth Kind
With Halloween arriving this week, moviegoers are going to be on the hunt for that perfect spooky film in which to scarf all their Trick ‘R Treat candy. After the low-budget ghost flick Paranormal Activity carved up Saw VI, at the box office this past weekend, it seems as though Halloween moviegoers are in the market for something new (something BOO!) this year.
Following just on the heels of the scariest day of the year comes The Fourth Kind, a movie which recounts the “true events” of one doctor’s (Milla Jovovich) investigation into a town whose residents experienced shared phenomenon having to do (supposedly) with alien abduction.
So, alien abduction theorists, are you guys as dedicated as the leagues of ghost hunters out there? Will The Fourth Kind become the next fright flick box office smash? Or will it be the next competitor to fall before the steamroll of Paranormal Activity?
In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind.
Modern-day, Alaska, where-mysteriously since th e1960s a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Jovovich) began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film.
“Real world” fright activity recorded in home movies – sound familiar? We have some early reviews from our blogosphere friends that claim The Fourth Kind is indeed a genuine creepfest that will please audiences looking for a good fright flick (read: one that’s actually scary). However, The Fourth Kind is curiously devoid of critical reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, which could be a sign that either the film hasn’t been screened all that much for critics, or that the reviews have been embargoed until the release date gets closer. Neither scenario is typically a good sign for an upcoming movie…
However, there’s been a sharp divide between the opinions of movie critics and movie fans as of late, so we’ll let you be the judge of your own tastes. Check out a trailer and a clip for The Fourth Kind:
So, are you still looking for that one film this Fall season that will give you the goosebumps? Or has Paranormal Activity already become your new favorite fright flick?
The Fourth Kind also stars Will Patton and Elias Koteas (Zodiac) and will be in theaters on November 6, 2009. Find out more about the “true story” behind the movie by going HERE.