Will ‘The Fourth Kind’ Be The Next Paranormal Activity? [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:28 am,

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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 upĀ  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?

Check out the official synopsis for The Fourth Kind:

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.

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“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.

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  1. I’ll be seeing this tomorrow night. Going in pretty blind, having only seen one clip up until now.


  2. Quick cuts and screen flashes have become all to common in the modern day horror film. It’s what teen slashers depend on for quick scares. I just don’t see how this is going to be that scary.

  3. Not intereste in this or PA,But everyone else ,

  4. I meant to say not interested of course.
    Sorry, the phone rang.
    I just had my fill of this type of film with The BLair Witch Project.
    and the the producer of BWP was talking the other day about possibly coming back to it down the road .
    and I just say ENOUGH!
    For me anyway .

  5. Looks good.Wish it would come out this weekend instead of next so I could see it on Halloween.

  6. well im not a movie critic, but a big fan!

    i screened the movie and it was incredibly scary/creepy and really good story line..alot of points i felt bad for millas character too..

    glad i got to see it at my college, i may watch it again on november 6 if people will go with me!

    much better than paranormal activity to say the least..

  7. The trailer had me laughing.

    This would be one of those 453 films that I skip each year. ;-)

  8. LOVED THE TRAILER! can’t wait to see it. real or not, this looks liek a great movie.

    i believe.. there is so much that we don’t know how can we say there isn’t other life forms besides humans?

    anyhow, i’m very intersted in seeing the real footage and have heard many positive reviews on screening this movie on blogs and twitter.

    very excited!

  9. I don’t believe in any of it but I love the genre.

    The demon like movies still freak me out ie. The Exorcist, as does zombie movies, but I am an atheist so it’s a little weird.

    This movie looks like it could be good and I like Milla a lot.

  10. be the next paranormal activity??


    THE FOURTH KIND is sooo scary.. it’s not even regular scare tactics.. the storyline really gets you thinking..

    man, the ending still left me thinking and speechless. i want to watch it again! lol

  11. @Samiam, is this film based on Alien abductions or some type of haunting activity?

  12. yep, based on real abduction stories. the way it was filmed was really unique.. it has kind of like sliced mirror images and the actors portrayed the real footage really well.

    the way it was told was really genuine and man it was pretty good acting.

    just see it for yourself :)

    it comes out november 6 i believe

  13. I’m pretty up to date on alien abductions…

    Are these victims under hypnosis?
    From what I’ve seen these folks just act crazy and freaky,,,

  14. I saw it tonight – much freakier than Paranormal Activity. I think the folks who thought PA was weak might actually like this one – then again, some folks just can’t be pleased.


  15. OK, let me just say that I saw this movie a week ago for a sneak peak and I’m anxiously waiting again for it to come out November 6th. I wish it was out sooner. This movie was awesome. Like the review from other websites said (which is true when you think about it) This is the ONLY movie that even states (especially in the beginning of the movie) that this is REAL archive footage and based off REAL case studies. I know some people want to bash it thinking “O this is another Blair Witch” but to be completely honest…., Paranormal Activity is another Blair Witch. After I saw this movie I had to see Paranormal Activity and when the movie was over I laughed. No where near as scary as “The Fourth Kind” I highly recommend everyone see “The Fourth Kind” with an open mind and remember that were not the only ones in this galaxy. Especially with the hundreds and thousands of other ones out there.

    BTW Samiam I completely agree with you. THe ending still has me speechless.

  16. Ok, you guys are really making me want to see this movie.

  17. Vic can you put up a spolier free post on this film so I can read about the ending and all the other stuff nobody wants to talk about,,, personally I’m not sold yet.

    Horror film or abduction film???

    Yeah Dean a lot of the aliens we think are from outer space are actually from Earth. They live underground… (Based on my research)

  18. @790

    It’s an abduction film that is scary. I’ll try to remember to put up a spoiler discussion post when the review goes up. I think you’ll like it a lot and I’ll be curious to hear what you think about it. :)


  19. wow. glad to see other people as excited as i am to see this thing.
    i don’t know why but the trailer really gave me the chills. and my girlfriend – who totally believes in ufos and aliens – may not even go because she’s scared to.
    gonna try and stay away from any spoilers but curious to know what people who have seen it thought of the “actual footage”?

  20. To those that haven’t seen, “Midnight Meat Train” might want to check it out. Its also a story about abductions. Told in the horror genre… One of the best horror films I’ve seen in years.

  21. @790 I heard about this one and saw the trailer, isn’t it a horror genre? Or am I confused? Either way it looked pretty good. Was it lower budget?

  22. When I first saw the trailer for this, I felt it wasn’t for me. But reading all these posts about how good the pre-screenings were and Vic saying how he liked it, I just may have to check this out.

  23. And Midnight Meat Train seems to be getting a lot of positive buzz here as well. May have to check that one out too.

  24. I just read the post about the alternate ending to Paranormal Activity and it doesn’t hold a candle to the ending of “Midnight Meat Train”
    Kahless,,, seriously check out the meat train, it contains a hell of a story, and I haven’t seen a more graphically insane ending in years.

  25. @790 haha you’re funny.. you want a spoiler for the ending?

    that’s no fun! just go watch the movie dude, it’s really good.

    definitely agree, much better than PA..

    I hope there’s a sequel to The Fourth Kind.. I’m curious as to what happens to the characters.

    I don’t even mind if it’s fiction! just a great story and really freaky.

  26. that owl in the trailer TOTALLY FREAKS ME OUT!
    definitely going to check this out, even though i’ll probably have to watch it through my fingers! lol.

  27. i agree, the trailer was REALLY SCARY

    and it only prepares you for the movie which is EVEN SCAREIR!

    GREAT MOVIE! dont know if i can see it bymyself either