The UFO Incident (1975, TV-Movie)

The UFO Incident (1975, TV-Movie)


In 1961, while returning from a vacation in Canada, an average New England couple, Barney (James Earl Jones, The Great White Hope) and Betty Hill (Estelle Parsons, Bonnie and Clyde), suspects that they have had a close encounter of the fourth kind (aka alien abduction). Barney and Betty agree to be hypnotized to help them remember every detail of the night in question.

Reaction & Thoughts:

This absorbing fact-based movie dramatizes the first ever documented case of alien abduction in the United Sates. The UFO Incident makes no attempt to prove or disprove the controversial case; it simply shows the events as The Hills described them to a therapist while under hypnosis. Was this an elaborate hoax? Was it a dream? Was it a shared hallucination? Was it pure paranoia? The movie leaves viewers to draw their own conclusions.

This creepy TV movie scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. It was scary because the film presents the events in documentary fashion. Also, I had never even heard of alien abductions — this was a few years before Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind — and the idea of strange beings kidnapping people frightened me.

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