By Nicholas Redfern November 02, 2009
The plot of Universal Pictures’ The Fourth Kind a thriller set in modern-day Alaska, in theaters November 6—is an intriguing one. A disproportionate number of the population of Nome, Alaska has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truthhas never been discovered. In this remote region, people began reporting bizarre nightmares that are disrupting their sleep. During videotaped sessions with some of the traumatized patients, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) unwittingly discovers some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.
The story behind the making of the film is equally intriguing.In October 2004, The Fourth Kind director Olatunde Osunsanmi met a psychologist living in the Carolinas who had relocated there from a remote town along the Bering Sea. While in Alaska, she had conducted a sleep disorder study where her patients, under hypnosis, exhibited behaviors that suggested encounters with non humans. Using never-before-seen archival footage integrated into the film,Osunsanmi exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by aliens share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film. The film leaves it to the viewer to decide: Are extra-terrestrials from far-off planets really abducting human beings? Certainly, there is no shortage of similar reports suggesting this is the case.Missing Time
Although the term "flying saucer" was coined way back in the summer of 1947, it was not until the early 1960s that the alien abduction controversy began to attract public and media attention. And it was largely thanks to a married couple from New Hampshire: Betty and Barney Hill.
On the night of September 19, 1961, the Hills were driving home from a vacation in Canada when theywere subjected to a terrifying experience. Until their arrival home, there was little to indicate that anything untoward had happened during the journey. It later transpired, however, that approximately two hours of time could not be accounted for.
After some months of emotional distress, the couple sought assistance from Benjamin Simon, a Boston-based psychiatrist and neurologist. Subjected totimeregression hypnosis, both Betty and Barney recalled what had taken place during that missing two hours. Astonishingly, they provided very close accounts of encounters with human-like alien beings that took the pair on-board a spacecraft and exposed them to a wide variety of physical examinations and medical tests.
Controversial? You bet. But, the experience of the Hills is far fromisolated. Literally hundreds of people around the world have reported similar experiences. And they show no signs of stopping any time soon.
Abduction in Texas
Tammy Stone claims that at the age of 24, she underwent an alien abduction experience in early March 1973 near Waco, Texas. The story began when Stone had completed her late-night shift as a waitress in a diner situated approximately 30 milesoutside of Waco. It was at around 2 AM of the day at issue, and she was driving toward the city and back to her small apartment.
On a lonely stretch of road, and after having driven for no more than about 15 minutes, Stone began to "feel strange; like I had been drugged or was in a dream." She adds: "My ears hurt and everything I could hear, like the car’s engine, all sounded muffled."
Morealarming, however, was the fact that Stone began to feel distinctly lightheaded and dizzy—which quickly turned into a violent form of vertigo, accompanied by acute nausea. Despite feeling seriously ill, Stone finally made it back to the safety of her home. Just like Betty and Barney Hill, however, there was a significant period of lost time: three hours of her life were completely gone. Over a...