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  • Summary: A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Apr 1, 2014
    Credit this spirited, uncommonly effective found-footage thriller for breaking the templates promised by its genre and title.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Apr 4, 2014
    Beckerman intersperses the footage with static, loud and jagged, and the couple of "effects" included are quick and dirty. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 3, 2014
    Matty Beckerman’s Alien Abduction repackages ancient legend for modern audiences in a found-footage story of streamlined efficiency.
  4. 50
    The performances are perfunctory and the scenario standard-issue even if the execution of this no-budget thriller is top drawer.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Apr 10, 2014
    A sci-fi thriller as generic as its title, Alien Abduction generates only low-voltage shocks.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Mar 28, 2014
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Kristen Sales
    Apr 3, 2014
    A rote, unimaginative entry in the found-footage subgenre of science-fiction/horror. It looks better than a YouTube video, but it’s rarely more engaging.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Apr 4, 2014
    This film is scary. It is actually way better than recent found-footage horror films such as "The Marked Ones" and "Devil's Due". It touches the subject of alien abductions realistically, with the use of few CGI and special effects in general. It is precious how the film is executed, with a breathtaking setting which happens that it actually exists and has the reputation of the paranormal. There are some well made shots in this film with the use of massive special effects, what makes it look so interesting and real is the statics that cover the special effects and makes it more realistic, it is the shot from the earth to the alien spaceship and from the alien spaceship to earth, when you see it you'll know it. The acting in this film is really good, I bought every single scene, well done! The film interviews people at the beginning (The Blair Witch Project) which makes it a high cliche. The alien lights in this specific mountain yes do appear in real life, but I doubt that the tapes are anything near real. The little boy masters cinematography and never misses a shot? I don't think so. The audio is not interrupted when the camera switches shots, so it would've been better off without the found-footage style. I would love to see a horror found footage film, that when paranormal things starts to happen, the film character drops the camera and the film continues as a cinematically shot film, it would've been interesting. Overall, I highly recommend "Alien Abduction" it is really well made, better than recent horror found footage films, although, I have the feeling that V/H/S segments are turning into feature films, first "The Den" (Skype segment from V/H/S) and now "Alien Abduction" (From V/H/S/2). Either ways, "Alien Abduction" is a better film than "The Den" and V/H/S movies are really good! Expand
  2. Apr 5, 2014
    Alien Abduction starts off like "The Blair Witch Project" , with documentary style clips of interviews with local people recounting their tales of the strange lights seen in the area and mysterious disappearances on the woods.

    The rest of the film follows a family of campers as they venture up into the hills. The filming is done by the youngest boy (who is autistic), there are also 2 girls and 1 more boy. The family soon become lost and run out of gas. Stranded in a tunnel, they find many abandoned cars... then the aliens arrive.

    The CGI and sound effects during the abduction scenes are chilling and scary, and the whole quick, flickering filming style all adds to the unsettling atmosphere.The film is perfectly paced, maintaining the tension throughout, and a mixture of great lighting effects and editing make the film genuinely scary, cover-your-eyes viewing.

    The first genuinely well-made found-footage horror since "REC" . I highly recommend "Alien Abduction"
  3. Apr 13, 2014
    Another first-person film with more shots of people's fingers or darkness than anything else. On top of being able to see nothing, we get to hear dull mumbles and linear dialogue for most the film. The aliens seem to be systematically picking the group off, but it's not intentional, they're just too stupid to find them in even the most obvious hiding spots. Apparently hiding behind car doors, or in a basement cellar is extremely effective in thwarting super-intelligent beings. Expand