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Alien Abduction – 5

Direction – Matty Beckerman

Cast – Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Riley Polanski, Jillian Clare, Jeff Bowser, Peter Holden

Release Year – 2014

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Has anyone ever dealt with a nagging significant other that just won’t leave you alone no matter what you do; well, that is how I am with alien abduction films. I knew nothing about Alien Abduction aside from it being a found-footage flick, but I went in hoping it would appease me enough to warrant what I paid for it…and it did not. The film gets a few things right and provides decent scares at times, but the end-all experience is one I would not recommend. Of course, if you are as curious as I am that would not matter.

A vacationing family encounters a hostile alien force deep in rural North Carolina.

Influenced by the Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon, this story from first-time writer Robert Lewis sets us up with the Morris family and their camera-welding autistic son Riley. The first act moves quick and we get our first taste of the lights about 11 minutes into the flick. It is obvious that something odd is going on, but the Morris family has no clue what they are in for. While trying to escape they find the highway covered in empty cars, each appearing as if the driver had been forcefully ripped out of his/her seat. After this it does not take long before we get a decent look at the aliens, and the terror hits hard. This fast-paced first act leads to our protagonists taking us to a new location for the second act, and the nowhere-to-run scenario keeps the tension going. Things eventually do slow down, and unfortunately the third act does not hit as hard as it could. There was also some horrendous dialogue between all speaking characters. Normally I would not balk too much over bad dialogue from a low budget film, but given the allure of found-footage is to make the film feel “real”, the poor dialogue negatively affected that. I did enjoy what Lewis did character-wise, delivering some deaths I did not expect that could be heart-wrenching to some. I was glad to see so many kills in the film as well as some decent shots of the aliens, but as with most of these found-footage flicks we hardly see enough of the antagonist. If we had, I’m sure the film would have fared much better.

First-time director Matty Beckerman, an executive producer for the Adrien Brody-starring remake of The Experiment, did a decent job executing the flick. His direction of the very positive first act really impressed me with his visuals and ability to create a heavy level of dread to weigh over the film. I enjoyed his horror, especially early on, and for the most part his horror was pretty enjoyable for the remainder of the film as well. It is obvious he has talent and it showed during the horror sequences, I just wish there had been more of them. The effort is ultimately a novice one, with annoying scenes of visual distortion coming from the camera when things get really good. Some may see this as a serious issue given it hides the best horror the film has to offer, and I agree. Also, if you pay close enough attention you will notice some hilarious goofs, and as a firearms enthusiast I naturally noticed a .22lr rifle leaving gigantic holes in a wall when the older Morris sibling was shooting at the aliens. It is not a big deal, but it goes to show the kind of film you will get yourself into if you give this a watch.

Overall, Alien Abduction is a film of both positives and flaws that unfortunately cancel each other out and make for a mediocre experience. The horror is good, but with most of the goods occurring behind the visual distortion the horror naturally never achieves its full potential. If you are into alien films like I am then I understand you giving this a shot as well, but low expectations are key.

Rating: 5/10

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