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The Rendlesham UFO Incident review – found footage in the woods

5 February 2015 1:15 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Based on real-life events, this creepy tale features some sensational CGI horrors but relies too heavily on the cliches of the genre

This is a scary movie in the standard-issue found-footage genre, based on a real-life 1980 incident when a military airbase near Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk was the site of UFO sightings and rumours. A trio of people, toting digital videocameras, return to this creepy woodland, ostensibly metal-detecting for Saxon gold. But of course they are fascinated by the UFO legend, which turns out to be far from untrue.

This is a movie that has clearly been made with meticulous care, and there is all the traditional deadpan docu-realist set up – fussing about, loading up the car, squabbling etc – to make the eventual CGI horrors look even more sensational. But what is frustrating about the film is that despite the real talent involved, it does nothing to develop the genre, »

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