The Fourth Kind (2009 film)

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Summary

Allegedly a dramatization of real events concerning mysterious disappearances in Alaska, and their sinister relationship to a local psychologist's work in recovering terrifying lost memories.

Details

  • Release Date: 2009
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror, "Mockumentary"
  • Runtime: 1 hr 38 min
  • Starring: Milla Jovovich
  • Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
  • Writer: Olatunde Osunsanmi
  • Producer/Production Co: Universal Pictures, Gold Circle Films
  • View Trailer: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG-13 (Violence, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not heavily Lovecraftian on its own, though this abduction-by-ancient-alien story might contribute some ideas for Delta Green campaigns, and the ancient-alien-astronaut sci-fi/horror aspects (along with the "apocalyptic log" aspect of the "found footage" sections) are at least distantly Lovecraftian.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • HorrorNews dotnet, (link) - "...Another strange thing is the dialog and translated Sumerian used. It suggests not only the usual alien abduction theories... [but] something even more supernatural than little green men. The translations came across more as evil, and deity-like than what we would have expected pointing to more than just alien theory...."


Synopsis

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Since the 1960s, a disproportionate number of the population in and around Nome, Alaska, have gone missing. Despite FBI investigations, the disappearances remain a mystery. Dr. Abigail Tyler, a psychologist, may be on the verge of blowing the unsolved cases wide open when, during the course of treating her patients, she finds evidence of alien abductions.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • Not particularly Lovecraftian on its own, though this abduction-by-ancient-alien story might contribute some ideas for Delta Green campaigns; the plot need not be about aliens in the traditional sense: Machen's little people/Faeries, Howard's Serpent People, Lovecraft's Mi-Gos, or Shaver's Deros could be involved just as easily. (You might even add in some suggestions of witchcraft or black magic being involved in the abductions, with reference to "Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)"....) Unfortunately, there really isn't much of a plot to work with for adapting the film to a conventional CoC or Delta Green scenario; a Keeper would need to do the heavy lifting of adding more RPG-friendly elements to this story.


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