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 truth has 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.