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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Strieber
Dr. Janet Duffy
Joel Carlson ...
Andrew Strieber
Mrs. Greenberg
Aileen Fitzpatrick ...
R.J. Miller ...
Praying Mantis Girl
Woman from Apartment
Juliet Sorci ...
Second Grade Girl (as Juliet Sorcey)
Tifni Twitchell ...
Joshua Miller ...
Tall Boy (as Joshua John Miller)


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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Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Besucher  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$1,919,653 (USA)

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An Alien Abductee Network was established in the UK in 2015. See more »


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 »


Whitley Strieber: It was like I'd seen it before. Alive...
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Spoofed in The Simpsons (1989) See more »


Written by Irving Berlin
(c) Irving Berling Music Corporation
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One of Walken's best - an eerie portrayal
31 May 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I have read the book and seen the movie and wasn't disappointed by either. I am a Strieber fan so appreciated what risks he took to write this autobiographical novel. It's true the book does have a different feel to the movie. This is mostly due, I believe to, the director Philippe Mora and Christopher Walken's quirky yet memorable acting presence.

This film is very eerie, frightening, surreal and disturbing. It's not a feel-good movie but is definitely thought-provoking, just like the novel.

This is definitely one of Walken's best movies. I was impressed! Also Joel Carlson does a great job as Strieber's son, Andrew. The scenes involving his son and the other dream sequences are perhaps the most disturbing.

I felt empathy for Strieber in Walken's very convincing performance. I felt drawn to the character and his family.

I find myself watching this film every few years and as I do it is more rewarding each time. There are some very memorable lines in this movie that will stay with you long afterwards.

If you like thought-provoking, eerie, movies involving alien abduction then this may be well worth your while.

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