The aliens are recruiting a First Contact Team from the humans via subliminal communication. The government has its own team ready, but the only human the aliens will deal with is Roy Neary, who is the only one of the alien-recruited humans to actually make it all the way to the contact site. And beautiful ones at that; they look like ornaments covered in lights. And wait until you see the mother ship. Imagine a ship the size of a town decked out with neon Christmas lights.
Originally the mothership was supposed to be hugely impressive but a bit menacing. In fact, Trumbull was about to get all Freudian and have the underside of the ship resemble a giant breast. Then Spielberg, filming in India, drove six nights in a row past a gigantic oil refinery that was all lit up in a million colors, full of interesting antennae, walkways and pipes, and the "city of light" was born. The shot of a ship sitting in the middle of the desert. It wasn't really that big! After Roy's initial encounter with the UFO near the railroad, once he hears the news on the radio he storms off, his truck being followed by a huge shadow that more than resembles the mothership which appears during the movie's climax.
During the press conference with the military brass, Roy pokes a hole in their condescending lecture, pointing out he is not some UFO conspiracy nut; he was never interested in them until he saw one up close.
Later, when the military tries to deflect the questions, Roy calls them out on it, loudly. He is very close to taking control of the meeting, until the old farmer Roberts Blossom — possibly his best known performance derails the whole thing by claiming to have seen Bigfoot.
It shows that Roy is quite an effective leader when he can pull himself together, something that becomes clear once he gets to Devil's Tower. The government claiming a rail accident occurred with a train carrying nerve gas as a way to evacuate everyone from the area around Devil's Tower, Wyoming, where the aliens are soon due to show up. See Gas Leak Cover-Up. The extraterrestrials were physically modeled after real-life accounts of alien abductions.
This is one of the first times they were actually used in cinema, the first been in 's Earth vs. Also an Unbuilt Trope , as Spielberg deliberately gave the Grays different heights, intending to show that their species had the same kind of diversity as ours. Most abduction accounts and subsequent fiction describe the Grays as all identical. The initial tall alien was a marionette. It was impossible to completely film it without the strings showing except in the shots visible in the movie, which is why you only see it the once.
The other aliens at the end were played all played by young girls, Spielberg felt that "girls move more gracefully than boys. Neary complains about this when Lacombe speaks to Laughlin in French. Muncie, Indiana, is over thirty minutes from the Ohio border. The longitude and latitude provided by the aliens actually refer to a spot which is a good miles away from Devil's Tower. In his truck, Roy looks for Tolono on his map. Tolono is in central Illinois.
The voices on his radio speak about activity at or near Harper Valley. There is no Harper Valley. The song is based on Harpeth Valley, Tennessee. However, Cornbread Road exists in Muncie. It's also the title of an on-again, off-again podcast radio series begun in by ham radio operator Jeff Davis KE9V about a secret society of hams in a little country town where all is not as it seems After a family blowup over it, Neary decides to give up on his obsession.
He takes down the UFO articles, and and in trying to dismantle the mountain statue he has, the dismantling makes it look like the real-world mountain it's supposed to. Next scene, he's chucking dirt into his house to make a bigger mountain. How the Grays turn people into Mad Artists and then enthusiastic abductees. I Come in Peace: The alien beings take the time to teach the Earthlings a tonal language as a gesture of greeting.
Their methods may be a bit questionable, but the aliens are never depicted as malevolent. The Army douses the Devil's Tower mountain with sleeping gas to prevent any unevacuated civilians from setting eyes on the UFO landing zone. Jillian and Roy manage to escape it, but Larry succumbs. The five tones see Starfish Language below. The one poor officer who tried to follow the UFOs off the side of a mountain.
All of the UFOs produce lots of lens flare, culminating in the giant mothership. Neary's behavior is clearly deranged, though to be fair it's not his fault. There's no place like the landing pad within sight of Devil's Tower. All the little and economy-sized spacecraft flying around Muncie, IN, and Devil's Tower, WY, are eventually followed up by a great whacking big UFO, which disgorges the missing persons and takes up Roy and the other astronauts. The Mountains of Illinois: Southern Indiana is hilly and even has a few mountains the Little Smokies , as it shades into the foothills of the Cumberland.
Indiana would have been fine if Spielberg had chosen a town like Bean Blossom instead of Muncie. ABC 's Howard K. Smith introduces the report on the evacuations near Devil's Tower due to the "gas spill". When it comes down to it in the end, there are no villains in this film. This is what made the movie such a refreshing take on alien contact in its time.
The aliens are strange and mysterious and do some ethically questionable things, but they aren't overtly hostile and give everything and everyone back. The government creates a huge lie to clear Devil's Tower for the aliens to drop by, but you really can't blame them — they're meeting a possibly dangerous, obviously superior alien race. They would want the area clear for privacy and to have an army ready in the background just in case the aliens or gun-toting human civilians came out shooting. On a smaller scale, Ronnie Neary is a bit of a bitch, but you really can't blame her for being freaked out by Roy's crazy behavior and wanting to protect her kids.
She does, however, put a little too much stake in the what-will-the-neighbors-think concern. The Nearys have one next door, always watching them from her window. Not Drawn to Scale: The size of the mother ship is incompatible in different shots. When it arrives, it's behind the mountain and a lot bigger than the mountain. When it's in front of the mountain it's no longer bigger than the mountain but smaller or at best about the same.
Penned apparently by Spielberg himself. It is written fairly haphazardly. The alien mothership at first. Roy is not a hero, merely the protagonist. He gets swept into constructing Devil's Tower models like several other people for reasons he does not understand. Then he realizes he's supposed to go to Devil's Tower and does, again only because he's compelled to.
In the end he makes it past the army who are only trying to make sure First Contact goes smoothly, and gets to go on the alien spaceship, making him the "winner". Compare his fellow trying-to-reach-the-aliens person Jillian, who is at least trying to find her lost son. SFX man Douglas Trumbull created the cloud effects by injecting white paint into tanks half filled with salt water and half filled with fresh water. This film had a prominent Budweiser commercial, as well as the scientists' vans camouflaged with brand names.
Spielberg has been criticized for overusing product placement in his pictures. The Special Edition featured an extended version of the flyby scene where one of the UFOs stops briefly to read a McDonald's billboard before disappearing into the night. This vignette appears only in that version. When Roy, Jillian, and Larry are escaping the Army camp, they pass by workers unloading crates labeled from various defense contractors at the time, such as Lockheed, Rockwell, and TRW.
Several during the alien arrival towards the end. The camera takes reaction shots of the amazed military crowd. Both Lacombe and Laughlin believe in Neary's story and appeal to the military to investigate into his psychic phenomena. Their voices remain unheard. Reconstruction of sci-fi alien movies. Except that the aliens that originally acted menacingly in the end turn out to be nice grey guys.
The billboard and spaceship interior shots were removed in the Director's Cut, which, conversely, restored some of the deleted scenes from the original theatrical version, including Jillian's arrival at the press conference, and Roy gathering the materials for his Room Full of Crazy. The Jaws theme can be heard when the mother ship is communicating with the base at the end of the movie, right before the release of the humans.
Refusal of the Call: Neary tries hard to stop obsessing about his visions, but is ultimately unsuccessful.
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It's implied a great number of people had visions of Devil's Tower, but only a few could decipher the visions or had the ability to travel there to meet the deadline. Of the few that do make, all save Roy, Jillian, and Larry meekly leave when the army scoops them up. Jillian makes it all the way to the landing pad with Roy, but her only motivation is to find her son, and she stays once he's been returned. Room Full of Crazy: In this case a mountain of mud in Neary's living room.
The reason why the Mothership rises upward from behind the mountain in the finale, even though that would mean it had previously dug a hole into the Earth. Spielberg said in an interview that it didn't make any sense, but it was the image he wanted to convey. Or it's just making its final approach from that direction, having already entered the atmosphere and dropped down to low altitude further out. The Runt at the End: The last UFO in the flyby. There's a brief shot in the Special Edition which shows the wreck of the Cotopaxi, a ship that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle , in the Gobi Desert.
The Cotopaxi also appears in the 40th anniversary release, which has some footage of the original the press conference as well. What happens after you get zapped by the Hypno Ray. Especially when the audience gets their first up-close look at Devil's Tower. Just as in the movie, there were many viewers who had no idea the place actually existed, but it's real albeit without the UFO landing pad.
The air traffic control scene, where the aircraft and possible UFOs are represented not by blips as such, but by basic text and graphics on radar-like screens. Roy's voyage aboard the mothership seems ready-made for a follow-up, but to date no sequel has ever been produced, in any media. The closest we've ever gotten is the additional scenes in the later special edition versions that show us what Roy sees aboard the mothership before it takes off. The mothership has an R2D2 attached to its underside. Among other things, including a mini graveyard and a VW van.
The model, which is about the size of a large wedding cake, now resides in a glass case at the Steven F. In fact, I have experienced it once myself. I just wanted to put the possibility out there that even if any of this is real, which I do not believe it is, there are other explanations besides aliens. Including demonic type crap. I would encourage you to do the research yourself if you really care enough. This movie is very interesting and I did enjoy it. The reason there is no records of Abigail Tyler… is because they changed names and professions to protect identities.
Mila Jovovich explained that in the beginning. How do you explain the Ruins of Puma Punku? Granted im very young, I have been studying ufo files and reports for quite a few years, u might even say im kind of obsessed to find the truth. Now what you were saying about the technological advances sound like your on the right track. But lets say, just for arguments sake, That we are in fact, descendants of aliens like some ancient astronaut therorist believe and periodically throughout humans stay on earth, aliens would come and intervene in some kind of divine and benevolent way.
First lets take the Neanderthal that we supposidly evolved from. Now indeed they were vastly inferior to humans now in days. So what made the dramatic change? Granted we could have evolved but that would take thousands,if not millions of years to evolve from the the cave men days to know, if it is even possible at all. One ancient astronaut theory is that when we were an inferior, cave dwelling species, the ETs came to earth and somehow altered our DNA whether it be by mixing their DNA with the Homo Erectus that was walking the earth at that time so that we could survive and be productive species.
Thats why i think aliens would come down to check on us from time to time, kind of giving us a nudge in the right direction. Who wouldnt want to help their Children, if u will, to Survive and prosper?
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This kind of technique is not undeard of in hollywood keeping actors, and actresses un aware of scripts, or events in movies to guarentee the secrecy. An out right lie. I think he is right believing this was more demonic than alien related. It also reminded me of the Excorcist. Aliens would know by now how our bodies work, if not designed by them. Our soul is our conscious, what directs us between right and wrong and gives us compassion.
This is unlike any other animal. And He gives mankind dominion over all animals. Each and every human is different by our DNA. Human beings are beautiful creatures compared to aliens what we think they look like. We have hair that is beautiful. We can laugh, have deep emotions and feelings, we save and help injured animals and people, etc. We are amongst all animals, complex. But each very different. This can also be watched on the web. These documentaries have overwhelming evidence human kind was brought here from wherever.
After watching these, I walked around in a foggy daze for a week. He announced this does not interfere with Catholicism. So if the Pope said that, the Vatican must know much more. And back to the movie, did anyone look in Nomes list of missing people to see if there was a child that was missing?
I think this is key. And did anyone question Sarah Palin where she was the nights of the alleged disappearances of Alaskans?? And also watch Alien Autopsy also on the web which has never been disproven to this day! From the facts we have plus all the mysterious abandoned structures on this earth, it appears evident that mankind was brought here, not evolved from another creature.
I am anxious for any rebuttal. Yes i agree that when they subjects where under hypnotism that it did look very much like a demonic possession, Theres only one thing that conflicts with this belief…. And that is not a rhetorical question…im honestly wondering if there are any account of this happening for i am not ruling out a demonic possession by all means. If i can believe its aliens from another universe it is not far-fetched or unfathomable that it could be demons as well. Look bottom line is there is life out there period. It was a movie but to think were alone is not right. They are finding life everywhere now?
I was just wondering. Has anyone seen where they found fossils of microbes in meteorites recently?? Rocks from space having fossils of life in them. It came from somewhere. It either crashed here in a meteor, landed here in a spaceship, or was indeed created by a more advanced race of humanoids.
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As far as why do they allegedly experiment on us, well, what do WE do every time we discover something?? We experiment on it. We perform an autopsy on it. Its not done once. Its done all the time, repeatedly. Why should they be any different? Someone said in an earlier post above, that we as humans are all different.
We all have different DNA in our bodies. If you are a scientist in this world, is your job not to produce samples of your finds?? So if this is our thesis on how to study things, why should an alleged alien intelligence study any differently?? I myself am a member of a Paranormal Team in Indiana. It never slowed or stopped!! I have seen with my own eyes. I get them all the time on investigations. Some are intelligent, actually answering you back. But most are just words that mean nothing.
As Jodi Foster said in the Contact: If not, it would be a terrible waste of space. I would also like to say that I, too, agree that this movie was more Demonic in nature in my opinion. Demons on the other hand have been around us forever. So they should speak as we do. But I gues ya never know. I did come here because of the film, but also due to the fact that last night I suddenly remembered a past event that, somehow, I had forgotten.
I also remembered being so frightened of the figure that I froze stiff… but after that i have no other memory of the event whatsoever or any details as to why I may have suppressed the memory. Yesterday, when i remembered this figure, I did immediately think of the movie. For all our sakes… i hope the movie was a hoax! Thanks for the info on that film. I study science and cosmology and always have felt Alien movies fascinating.
I am glad this one was a hoax. I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion so here is mine. I was raised and am of the Christian faith. I have been told all my life that God created us in His image and have no problem believing that. I mean the Bible does not say one time in any book on any page that he did not do just that! I think that life exist outside our planet! I find hard to fathom otherwise! Why would a God so big and powerful only create us?
I think that it would get quite boring day in and day out just watching a small spec called Earth and the Humans you created walk, talk, eat, kill, wage war, study the rest of what you have created after a few thousand years! We may not find proof of their presence and if that is the case, I say its because we choose to overlook it to make living easier! It is still space right? Something has to fill it up? Just finished watching this movie. I loved it but a couple things had me questioning whether or not it was really based on actual events. When she finishes counting the time stamp reads When it goes back to the actual footage, just before he starts screaming, the time stamp reads He told the sherif he saw it but the tape was distorted.
I doubt he would have had time to watch it. Anyway, great movie, totally believe in UFOs and everything else, but the movie itself definitely did not show actual footage at the very least. Well, we all know hypnosis works, it is taught and used in phycology schools and offices today as it is a way of disconnecting our souls from our minds and bodies. We are our souls and our bodies are our vehecles to experience and explore and choose and create who n what we are on this particular planet at this time in this lifetime, as humans.
So we can live as who we are being in these bodies with these minds. So we can experience bein human. Our brain in created to forget that we are our soals and we know everything about the universe and how it works. For example, we sometimes remember dreams, mostly we dont. We are one in an infinate number of planets, in an infinate universe. We are one inteligent species amongst an infinate almost incomprehensible to the human mind, amount of species. There are just as infinate amounts of attitudes, beliefes, understandings and ways of interacting amongst us all, that maybe these spirit creatures didnt actually know they were hurting us.
Or maybe they are evil compared with our values. Or maybe they didnt know how to use their new technology properly and hadnt tweaked the audio properly. We are all god and god is all of us. That includes the good and the bad, cant have one with out the other. There is more out there than you will ever be able to know whilst bein in a human body… at this stage anyways. Why do all movies and most recorded data relate aliens as scary n evil n something to be afraid of that wants to hurt us. I want to hear about the positive, happy, equally amazing encounters of any kind! Another reason is that they mention the Sumerians.
Which do have documented cases through their inscriptions, carvings sculptures and painting of a life form coming from the heavens and creating us. As due other ancient civilizations such as Egypt. Do I believe we are alone, no I have never thought that our ancient histories tell us that. But do I believe these life forms that took the time to come to earth genetically create us, show us things we could never have thought of on our own, just to come back abduct us and torture us, why would they even have left?
If the Sumerians and Egyptians are right, we would be this life forms offspring. This movie is total BULL. Your logic is awful. So what if it was filmed in Canada? The same person who was allegedly accused for the deaths of multiple people, the disappearance of her own daughter, and just being crazy in general?
It would be sick to do something like that. Again, to preserve the identity of these individuals it was required to use doubles and create their own footage. Your entire argument is irrelevant. By the way, what kind of response were you hoping to get from her? I just happened to find your blog on Google after searching Nome, Alaska out of curiosity after watching the movie. The world is matter, scientifically what if there is a parallel, more diverse universe where people are complete opposites as they are now, projects and experiments are being used to split a proton which can be highly dangerous conisdering this can cause an atomic explosion.
Let me get back on topic, what if two super novas hit eachother at exact speed and exact preciseness causeing one massive black hole? The earth is matter, time and space collide, or is it just all made up. If we move to mars later billions of years from now how will the calender change? How come the gods of egypt have that head of something that never has documentation of existance on this planet.
Why does zeus and Thor look similar, yet are both gods from totally different countries. How has it come to be that even to the present day we havent been able to full explore the pyramids. I believe that aliens all different kinds in the shape of man and some not in the shape of man. I believe that the gods of egypt created and evolved, a smarter more efficicient human being. We are all machines, our brains give off electrical impulse, our brains run our heart, our organs, and yet we as humans cant even figure out how our own mind structures work.
I believe that aliens have created humans that can use percent of there brains. I enjoy many alien talks and i have had many, i have watched and constantly looked up alien encounters. I never visioned an abduction through hypnosis which is in general someone just listening to a person tell them what to do. Personally i have been hypnotized and i was completely aware of my surroundings.
This movie shows me so many wierd things like when under hypnosis the subjects show to be under a possessed embodyment. This i found wierd. Having just watched The Fourth Kind on dish tv, like some other people as above, I ran straight to my pc to check out any info about it on the net. I think when UFO sightings first started being reported in the s I do believe people have seen UFOs and other unexplained anomalies , and movies also started popularizing the idea of alien contact starting with Space Odyssey , things got a bit carried away.
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Our mind is surely powerful, and mysterious. I think the latter is hinted at in this movie ie husband killed himself but wife believes was murdered next to her in bed and she felt guilty about it. I do believe there must surely be other life-forms out there but unfortunately in my lifetime at least they will remain an enigma. Best we sort ourselves out, evolve into better beings and take the initiative. December 22, A husband and wife in Houston, Texas, claim they have been abducted by aliens several times, including an incident where a fetus was taken from the woman, according to a Local 6 News report.
Clayton Lee said he was a child in a Houston park the first time he was abducted. He said he was lifted in the air at the time of the alleged abduction. And then, I blacked out. Donna Lee said she lost a baby during one of the encounters. She also drew a photo of the aliens who abducted her. Clancy ran an advertisement searching for people who wanted to be included in her book about alien abductions.
My gosh people, wake up! It is entertainment, not information. The public enjoys being frightened it is a break from our mundane lives so Hollywood obliges and provides thrillers, slasher movies and the supernatural. It will of course make a movie more frightening if you believe that the events are real.
Actors act, that is they read the lines that the writer has provided, and react how the director tells them to. Sorry to burst your bubble. I am so tired of people most especially the news media using footage from movies to illustrate factual occurances. It is no wonder some poeple seem to have trouble distinguishing reality from fiction when the line between them is becoming more and more blurred in all the medias.
It is a hoax. Abigail Tyler is Charlotte Milchard… http: What saddens me is that someone or some people made a huge amount of money on extent of lost lives and be-littles the families whom are still mourning. A quiet harsh town has and is being harassed by idiotic, nothing else to do perps.. Who cares if things are fake or real. Just darn enjoy the movie already. People are starting to annoy me.
Juat watch the movie. Many people care about what is fake or real. I believe his issue is that you found out if it was real or fake to you. Most movies have a lot of truth in it, but cant right out and say it. Do research on alien and alien abductions and Sumerian and Annunaki, and why alien abductions happen not if this movie is real or not. You are not supposed to believe in these things. Being an Researcher i tried to find something on it as a follow up for my readers and I was blocked and found nothing at all. I did coment on it to my readers and I hope you may try ntom work out one on the Rhendlesham Story.
Why not get the money together to try it. Would be happy to lend my hand into the Art Work needed so if you do lets get together and make a short easy contract to do just this great real story. And this is my first and only comment. What if its all true. Knew people that vanished. Talk to someone that had family,friends diaaapper. Looking only for answers. And someone does know them.
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