Alien Abduction (2014)
A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this pulse-pounding thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina. (C) IFC Films
as Corey Morris
as Jillian Morris
as Katie Morris
as Riley Morris
as Peter Morris
as Officer James
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Critic Reviews for Alien Abduction
Alien Abduction isn't done poorly, per se, but it's not at all entertaining.
Bound to vanish as quickly as a fleetingly glimpsed UFO after a few close encounters with paying viewers.
Although the found-footage genre is growing increasingly stale, it can still provide some genuine - if cheap - thrills. Also, Alien Abduction hits this critic right in the nostalgia gland.
Eschewing more sophisticated and higher-degree-of-difficulty moodiness for lots of panicked thrashing about, this found-footage horror tale is an exercise in well-intentioned tedium.
If you're going to go the found-footage route, you might as well try to find a new way to approach the material. Beckerman has.
As on the nose as its title, Matty Beckerman's "Alien Abduction" repackages ancient legend for modern audiences in a found-footage story of streamlined efficiency.
As the found-footage horror genre reaches the please-lose-it-again point, "Alien Abduction" arrives to remind us how tedious the camping trip set-up has become as well.
As a horror flick, even one held to the impossibly low standards of the found-footage variety, Alien Abduction fails to thrill or chill.
Alien Abduction is the same found footage movie we've seen time and time again, just this time with aliens substituted in as the main antagonistic force.
Utterly generic, but the filmmakers manage a lot of cheap thrill "bang" for their few bucks.
Credit this spirited, uncommonly effective found-footage thriller for breaking the templates promised by its genre and title.
With his first published screenplay, Robert Lewis treads a familiar path, but the devil's in the details and some well handled subtext on preconceived notions.
A few jolting scares are deployed throughout, but more difficult to shake is how the story's overacting lambs walk a rather programmatic path toward slaughter--or at least anal probing.
Audience Reviews for Alien Abduction
For some very strange reason, Found footage films have regained a bit of momentum. The genre somehow manages to be a bit entertaining, and it delivers some scares. Alien Abduction is not a great film by long shot, but for what it is, it's a steadily paced horror yarn that delivers some good chills. If you're looking for some mildly entertaining horror, Alien abduction might be something that you should check out. This is far from great horror, but as a whole, it's an interesting little film that manages to chill you and entertain you with some effect. I quite enjoyed that. The film doesn't tend to break new ground in the genre; however, it's still a pleasant experience. There some terrifying moments here, and for what it is, Alien Abduction is a genre film worth seeing if you want a popcorn flick that has an interesting angle. Of course found footage films are overdone, and all, but at times there are a few amusing films still to be made, and this one is one of them .Go into this one with an open mind, and you might enjoy it, as it has had a mixed reception, but to be honest, I quite enjoyed and compared to others in this genre, it's a pleasant, entertaining flick. The film has its flaws, and it delivers some good moments, even if it's a bit clichéd an, but I've seen far worse than this. This better than what you might think, though it's not great horror, it still better than say, current remakes and all the Paranormal activity sequels such as the Marked one, which was awful.More
Alien Abduction is a rather innovative found footage film that delivers some frightful scares, but it's unable to avoid the trappings of the genre. The setup is that of a recovered home video that was made by a child who followed his family's camping trip in the Brown Mountains, which turned into a struggle for survival against alien abductors. And, this is intercut with interviews from paranormal experts who explain the history of UFO activity in the Brown Mountain region. While it starts out rather interesting and has some intense moments, the film quickly degenerates into a generic "cabin in the woods" scenario with the characters holding out in the middle of a creepy forest. Additionally, the acting isn't that good, particularly the cabin owner; who couldn't be more of an outdoorsman stereotype. Though it gets points for creativity, Alien Abduction isn't able to escape the classic horror movie tropes.More
Aliens and the effects were cool, Actors were weak, idea is great but lacked some effort, still cool.More
If you thought films like 'The Last Broadcast' (1998), 'The Blair Witch Project' (1999), and 'V/H/S' (2012) were just enough, 'Alien Abduction' (2014) is yet just ANOTHER found-footage flick to complain about. This one focuses on extraterrestrials! Here we follow an autistic eleven-year-old boy named Riley Morris (played by Riley Polanski) who is determined to film everything on his family camping trip, even when things go horribly wrong. 'Surprise, there's an alien abduction!' And it's not even such an interesting one. Typical plot structure, predictable jump scares, and all sorts of illogical motifs scattered here and there are what really kill this movie. I would say the cast tries their hardest, but when watching this you just have to forget about their acting. In this day and age what the found footage genre really needs is something beyond just smoke and mirrors. Despite how much I usually harp on the 'predictable jump scares', this movie contains some pretty eerie images. If this was released about fifteen years ago it probably would have been way more convincing. The broadcast of Dean Alioto's television movies, 'Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County' (1998) and 'UFO Abduction (The McPherson Tape)' (1998), caused a cluster of viewers to panic when they were first aired T.V. Though the two movies were made on a very low budget, the viewer's came to terms that the actual footage presented was real. 'The Blair Witch Project' (1999) is known to be one of the scariest movies of all time, and half of the time it's more than less just screams, swearing, and curses. All in all, 'Alien Abduction' (2014) is an excess visit into familiar territory. We've seen this done many times before... and many times better.More
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