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Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances, are they UFO activity? Whitley is abducted and then faces a ... See full summary »

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Anne Strieber
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Dr. Janet Duffy
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Alex
Terri Hanauer ...
Sarah
Joel Carlson ...
Andrew Strieber
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Fireman
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Mrs. Greenberg
Aileen Fitzpatrick ...
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R.J. Miller ...
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Praying Mantis Girl
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Woman from Apartment
Juliet Sorci ...
Second Grade Girl (as Juliet Sorcey)
Tifni Twitchell ...
Teacher
Joshua Miller ...
Tall Boy (as Joshua John Miller)
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Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances, are they UFO activity? Whitley is abducted and then faces a horrible dilema; was I abducted or am I going mad? He sees a psychiatrist who tries to use hypnotic regression to discover the truth. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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The true story of one man's terrifying journey into the unknown. See more »


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10 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Die Besucher  »

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$1,919,653 (USA)
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Anne Strieber is referring to Joseph Campbell's four-volume compendium of World Mythology with her "Masks of God" observation. See more »

Goofs

When Whitley leaves his vehicle in the 'final' visit to the cabin, the camera cuts to the entire cabin drenched in light. As he starts approaching it you can clearly see the source of light as a spotlight at the top right of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Janet Duffy: Now go forward to later that night. Go forward. What happens?
Whitley Strieber: I'm checking out the house.
Dr. Janet Duffy: Why?
Whitley Strieber: In case there might be somebody there, hiding.
Dr. Janet Duffy: Who?
Whitley Strieber: Those things, people.
Dr. Janet Duffy: Did you know about those people then?
Whitley Strieber: Sure.
Dr. Janet Duffy: Did you tell anyone?
Whitley Strieber: I wasn't supposed to.
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References Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

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PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ
Written by Irving Berlin
(c) Irving Berling Music Corporation
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aftermath of a life altering experience
25 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Whitley suddenly finds himself in an alien world, where once he tells his abduction story, he becomes subject of, strangely enough, his own ridicule, but also public skepticism. When his mind tells him something even his own, never mind outsiders, own logic rejects, he truly finds himself inside an alien nightmare of a reality. But this is the moment he has his "communion", when he changes as a person. The symbolism is powerful in this movie, suggesting that it's not what is obvious, but that there is a hidden meaning behind a life-altering experience.

From a creative point of view, a story like this might be quite appealing, and regarded as extravagant, but how would we cope with somebody claiming to have lived such things? Or more, with our own minds telling us? And how are these things going to affect us? Are they going to derail us from our current paths, change our perception, or are we going to regard them as oddities beyond our grasp and understanding? There is a moment where Whitley says that they are all masks of God, perfectly underlining the fact that the strangest thing can actually be just a bit outside our roam of understanding, but still within some common frame of cosmic alignment. It's up to us weather we accept or reject it.

Much of the movie is Walken's merit, because his performance compensates the lack of elaborate special effects and there are some occasions where his facial expression is enough to make your skin crawl.


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