The UFO Incident (1975, TV-Movie)

The UFO Incident (1975, TV-Movie)


In 1961, while returning from a vacation in Canada, a New England couple, Barney (James Earl Jones, Star Wars) and Betty Hill (Estelle Parsons, Bonnie and Clyde), suspects that they were temporarily abducted by aliens. Barney and Betty are placed under hypnosis to help them remember every detail of the night in question.

Reaction & Thoughts:

“… and there were these strange shiny spots on the back of the car.”

This absorbing fact-based movie dramatizes the first ever documented case of alien abduction in the U.S. The UFO Incident makes no attempts 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 shared hallucination? Was it pure paranoia? The movie allows viewers to draw their own conclusions.

This creepy TV movie scared me as a kid. I had never even heard of alien abductions — this was a few years before Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind — and the idea of strange beings kidnapping people frightened me. The UFO Incident is also unsettling to watch because it presents the events in a matter-of-fact fashion.

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