Alien Abduction

Synopsis: A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.
Director(s): Matty Beckerman
Production: IFC Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

The Brown Mountain lights are

an absolutely real phenomenon.

It's a probability there is UFOs.

Hundreds of residents are

reporting strange lights

in the skies of Brown Mountain, NC.

When a legitimate Brown Mountain light appeared,

there was electromagnetic interference.

Globs of glowing gas appear,

randomly, in different locations.

Everybody there could see, clearly, what it was.

But that doesn't explain people who

claim they've been abducted there.

It wasn't a sensation. I was physically

sucked up against the ceiling.

It doesn't explain some of the creature

sightings that have taken place.

The lights seemed to move

about, in a ghost-like manner.

It doesn't explain many of

the conspiracies related to

military activities and government involvment.

The US Air force has now dispatched special

operations unit, "Project Blue Book"...

And I think science has an obligation

to explain and to investigate

claims of the paranormal.

It was the most horrifying thing

I've ever felt in my entire life.

Hey, Riley!

- Where is he?

- Riley World?

- Let me see the camera.

- What are you doing?

- All right, give me your camera ...

- What are you doing?

Hey mom .. Can you turn this up, please?

- Sure a good laugh ...

- Corey!

There's more trees ...

Why are we listening to this music?

Because it's bluegrass, son.

It's the sound of the mountains.

- Have you ever done this? I haven't.

- It's a tent!

It's hard! Do you see everything in this list?

Just keep reading your directions.

- OK, guys.

- I'm serious, do you want ...

- Look where we are!

- Setting up camp, for a very long weekend.

- Dad, could you get my sleeping bag?

- Yes, son.

- You get your sleeping bag.

- The green one.

We've got your sleeping bag.

- Just put it in? OK.

- Yeah.

Specimen 1:
Common yellow jacket nest.


I really don't know what you're talking about.

Specimen 2:
Common meathead.

- Here we go, one side ...

- Pull it like a blanket?

- That's better, that's better ...

- Why don't you stay over there?

Done! Boom!

Look at that ...

That was an easy bet.

- Damn straight!

- Honey, I'm sorry ...

Hard to lose, isn't it?

Obviously, their tent's a lot less

complicated than this one, so...

Corey, how are those directions treating you?

They worked out so well.

Oh, really?

Obviously, you people are better suited for this.

- I don't think this is really our finesse.

- It's a female energy thing.

Why don't you guys get us somer firewood?

You're asking for firewood? All right, come on!

Riley, are you gonna go with us or

you're gonna stay with the chicks?

- Wow!

- I make fire ...

Looks good!

Your skill with the lighter, unrivaled.

I am fire.

If we mix my skills with

fire and yours with tents,

we could live out here,

Swiss family Morris style.

No, we couldn't.

Let's just wait till the bank kicks us out, first.

Brown Mountain, elevation: 2725 feet.

This is Jillian, being quiet.

Specimen 3:
Some kind of Swallowtail.

Black and green clouded.

Hey, Riley, feel like going for a hike?

We're going for a hike.

- We're gonna go man things.

- If we're not back ...

Watch out for the bears!


Come on, Riley.

The women folk will be fine.

- Where we going?

- I'm not exactly sure.

She's gonna win this one?

We're gonna go up thataway. There's a trail here.

It can't be safe for him to

look through his camera.

He's making me nervous.

Can't you take it off him?

Watch your foot here, Ri.

Riley, check it out.

Amazing rainbow, off the mountain.

You catch any deer?

Yeah, let me throw it down to you!

Hey up there!

How long before Jillian realizes

there's no power for her hairdryer?

One day, tops.

And I'll just trip you, so...

it'll all work out, I guess.

No one is leaving anyone

behind, if a bear attacks.


Nope, we're all gonna stick

together and be eaten as a family.

But we do need to put this fire out.

OK, guys, come on. Let's go to bed.

- Come Ri.

- Alright. So many bugs out.

- 'Night, buddy.

- 'Night.

Here. 'Night, baby.

Corey, are you... are you awake?

Riley, go to bed.

Corey, wake up.

Riley, come on. Just close your eyes.

I can't sleep.

It's a moth.

It could be a hawkmoth.


Corey, get up! Corey!

- Did you see that?

- Yes, I saw it.


Riley, where are you going?

- Riley!

- Sh*t!

Get back here!

I see lights.

Are those stars?


Oh, my God!

Stars don't move like that.

- OK, what the hell was that?

- I don't know.


Riley, tell me you got that on video!

- Yeah.

- Dude, let me see it.

...up there and went all the way across.

They were, like, winking and then shot up.

- Yes, we did see the lights but...

- Ah, this is ridiculous, let's go.

- Come on.

- Thank you, Dad.

- Let's go, in the car.

- ... that's so weird.

We can have this fascinating

conversation driving.

It's probably someone's dinner, Riley.

They just haven't chicken fried it yet.

- Don't touch, OK.

- Why would I touch it?

Riley, stop looking at that. We're

getting in the car now sweetie.

Come on, back in the car.


So, I just want to understand

this whole light thing, so...

What exactly did these lights look like?

Like, flashing and... I mean,

we did see lights last night.

OK. My whole family's going nutty. That's cool.

OK. Ri, move the camera that way.

Thank you, son.

Okey, dokey.

- Next campsite. Whoooo!

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