Directed by Matty Beckerman
Written by Robert Lewis
Starring Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Riley Polanski,
Jillian Clare and Jeff Bowser
Running Time 85 minutes
Riley is an 11 yr old autistic boy out with his family, sister Jillian, brother Corey (both older) and their parents Katie and Peter, about to embark on a much bigger adventure than anticipated. The family heads out to the picturesque North Carolina Mountains for some quality time camping in the heart of nature. Little do they realize that their trip is about to become much more than they bargained for. The trip starts off normal enough, with everyone in tow, arriving to set up camp, Riley stays primarily behind the camcorder where he seems most comfortable, documenting the fun of their week long stay, on the last evening things take a dramatic turn. While resting in their tent playing with the shadows that fall on it, suddenly there is a flash of light, Riley urges his siblings to come take a look outside and where they witness very real phenomenon referred to as the "Brown Mountain Lights". The next morning as the family makes their way back down the mountain they happen across abandoned vehicles stacked together as though there were an accident, but all are empty with no signs of the occupants anywhere, and to make matter worse they are congesting the road blocking the tunnel that would otherwise be the way down the mountain side, and that's when things get really nuts!
Yes this is another in the ever increasing number of found footage films but don't let that fact alone stop you from reading the rest of this! Alien Abduction is an example of when using found footage as a vehicle for delivering a story makes sense. The character, Riley, obviously uses the camera as a way to cope with his surrounding, not just in this event but through his day to day, as obvious from the beginning of the film so the reasoning of why is actually quite sound in the film, helping to achieve an believable background for his character choices throughout. The film is made further organic in its feel by the honest dialogue between the characters, it flows smoothly with an ease and truthfulness that is found within most family dynamics.(I read in researching after watching that the actors were encouraged to ad lib lines which really worked well in making things feel in the moment)
I will say this one had me on the edge of my seat more than a few times. It has a lot of suspense packed in to its 85 minutes! And although much of what the film does has been done before Alien Abduction stands out for me as one of the better offerings. It feels more honest than most. I enjoyed many (but not quite all) of the choices first time director Matty Beckerman made in this one. Matty Beckerman did numerous things right in Alien Abduction, in fact I wouldn't have at all guessed it was his debut film, so Kudos sir.
One thing I didn't like, there is a section near the end where I thought it just didn't make a whole lot of sense, it didn't fit with the film which was a shame for me personally because I had been truly impressed up to that point, but the film does redeem its self with the actual end, which I found to be an interesting twist on the story, leaving room for possibly another in the future... To finish off with while the end credits roll you are intrigued with what appear to be true accounts of the Brown Mountain Lights by various local residents. The occurrence is a real phenomenon, and you can get additional information on it, the basis for the movie, by googling "Brown Mountain Lights" .I have to stress this is a film that you need to watch ALL the way through, you may think its done but it isn't, just be patient and remain quietly in your seats till the lights come up! *wink*
All in all Alien Abduction is a VERY worthy watch! Its a snuggle up with your favorite viewing friend, under a blanket with a bowl of popcorn sort of movie! This is one I will likely rewatch again within the next few months, so yeah I definitely recommend this one folks!
*side note if you HATE shaky cam or it makes you queasy this is not a film you will enjoy sorry, had to warn ya cause as always we at The Horror Nation are looking out for you! ; ) Just sayin' *insert cheesy grin here*