The 4th Kind/Happenings in Nome, Alaska

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The 4th Kind is a 2009 science fiction movie about supposed alien abductions. What makes this case really scary is that those disappearances are based on real facts.  But, is the whole story presented by Milla Jovovich truthful or just film marketing? Let’s find it out together.

Nome in Alaska is a small city with an estimated population of 3,797 (2016).  The American city is located by the coast of the Bering Sea and is practically isolated, the only way to get in and out is by plane. This is why the disappearances of 24 people between 1960 and 2004 took everyone by surprise. Having such a small population is hard not to notice that someone is missing and it stands out especially by the fact that some corpses were never found.

The citizens of Nome were unsettled by the idea of having a serial killing amongst them, lurking for new victims. However, this theory was dismissed by the FBI which didn’t find any trace or lead that could indicate that a serial killer was involved in the disappearances.  At the end, the conclusion to which the Nome police came to, was “the excessive alcohol consumption and the harsh winter weather.”

In a nutshell, the case was adjudicated to the fact that many towns surrounding Nome, have an alcohol ban so the inhabitants can’t get it in bars, shops or restaurants. Because of this, many people travel to Nome to get a few drinks, and normally people get wasted. It’s not hard to imagine that in such state people can get lost in the vast territory of Alaska.

Nevertheless, that explanation doesn’t apply for everyone because there were cases of younger people missing. Like Michael Palmer who was 15 years old, he went cycling one afternoon and he vanished. His bicycle and shoes were found near a river. Or the case of Ellen Gilbert, she and a friend were driving to a fair when the car broke down. Her friend went off to get help but when he returned there was no trace of Ellen. She was 24.

Due to this mystery, Hollywood decided to take the opportunity of presenting a theory about the cases involving alien abductions as the main cause. The film presents the story of the psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler who uses hypnosis to treat patients who presumably suffered an alien abduction. The film is dramatized with professional actors portraying people around the case and footage of the “actual” event is also displayed.

The movie is all about the hypnosis sessions and its consequences, which ends in the abduction of one of the characters. The film is disturbing not only because of the plot but the documentary format which gives the sensation that you’re actually watching something real. It uses the same resource The Blair Witch’s Project used years before.

However, it is known that Universal Pictures paid a settlement for creating fake news to promote the film and was required to remove all the false information from the Internet.  Additionally, there are no records of a psychologist named Abigail Tyler in Alaska or anything about her research.

At the end, the movie and all the facts around it were only marketing. The film presents a conspiracy theory in which explains that the real reason of the missing people was alien abduction.  Because of this, it was severely criticized due to the lack of compassion towards the family and friends of the people who disappeared. They couldn’t get an answer especially knowing that the features of the region could make a body disappear in the wilderness without a trace.

Fiction or not, there is an estimated 40 billion of habitable worlds in our galaxy and astronomers are still looking for any signs of life in the universe. Also with the recent discovery of a solar system which can support life for its conditions in three different planets, who knows? Maybe we’ll find out soon enough that we really are not alone.

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