A Holiday!

Despite the fact that the weather was cold and crappy today; CC and I did have a nice day.  I bought a pair of snow boots, a few Christmas presents, some clearance Halloween decorations and some other odds and ends.  Pretty successful day.

The movie, however, was terrible.  We went to see "The Fourth Kind" which is explained at imdb.com like this:

Modern-day, Alaska, where-mysteriously since the 1960s-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 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.

The movie does reenactments with the actual footage of Dr. Tyler's sessions with these individuals.  It's done documentary style.  Read no further if you plan on seeing this as spoilers are coming, but trust me - it's not worth paying for.

As it turns out Dr. Tyler herself is being abducted; her daughter disappears and Dr. Tyler claims that aliens took her - daughter has never been found.

My opinion????  Dr. Tyler went over the deep end after her husband's suicide (which she has convinced herself was murder via an intruder); she places "alien" thoughts into her patients minds via hypnosis.

I'm not trying to be skeptical - I'm a believer; but the whole thing just didn't add up enough to convince me of alien abduction.

But it gets better (CC you'll love this).  When I got home, I wanted to do further research on Dr. Tyler, her missing daughter and the Alaska area this has happened in.  I could find absolutely nothing, other than sites about the movie itself.  At first, I blamed this on the fact that they had said they had changed everyone's name - so I wasn't searching by the correct name.  But I couldn't believe I couldn't find some connection somewhere on the internet.  I did eventually....want the true story?  Here it is:

Is the real story behind The Fourth Kind just the latest in the docu-sci fi/horror genre that wants audiences to believe it’s true to up the scare factor?

It appears that the film studio’s attempt at creating a back story, based on the supposedly true events of psychiatrist Abagail Tyler in Nome, Alaska, a real person who interviewed sleep-deprived patients that claimed they were abducted by aliens – is only semi-based on any reality.

The Fourth Kind is said to have been recreated from “archival footage,” however, Nome residents have no knowledge of these events and the Anchorage Daily News reports that no psychiatrist even exists by that name.

The Alaska town did, however, have a high death and disappearance rate over the years, which the FBI investigated and attributed to the winter climage and alcoholism. But hey, the deaths/disappearances do serve the story well – if they’re mostly unexplained/unsolved cases, then why not alien abductions?

So, it appears that The Fourth Kind is not a real, true story… but rather a fake.

So there we have it - another "Blair Witch", another "Texas Chainshaw Massacre", another...oh well, you get the picture.  Apparently the "actual taped footage" is not really actual but rather actors as well.

At least if they're going to make this stuff up, they could do it WELL - instead of crappy!!!