If there's one thing that can ratchet up the tension and scare-factor of a good alien abduction story, it's filming in the found footage genre. Employing the found footage genre for story telling increases the plausibility for the viewer that "this may have actually happened. . . and it can happen to me too!" and helps place the viewer into the center of the action rather than as a spectator. What follows (and in no particular order) are a few of my top alien abduction found footage movies.
Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998)
After a mysterious blackout, a son goes out to investigate and captures footage of actual aliens. When the aliens follow him and his brothers back to their home, all hell breaks loose.
- Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998) - Synopsis
Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998) - Trailer
In July 2010, a vacationing couple discovered something disturbing on a ranch in rural Texas. Armed with a home camcorder, they captured their experience on video.
Unaware (2010) - Synopsis
- Unaware (2010) - Trailer
Alien Abduction (2014)
A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.
Area 51 (2015)
Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, the government's secret location rumored to have hosted encounters with alien beings. What they find at this hidden facility exposes unimaginable secrets.
Michael Steinberg is the Editor and Chief of Found Footage Critic, a website and online community devoted to found footage films, and can be reached via Twitter @FoundFootageFan.