On a typical fall evening in 1983, a young man was videotaping his niece's 5th birthday party. As the night's strange occurrences took place, he kept his video camera running, recording the entire event.

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Tommy Giavocchini ...
Eric Van Heese
Patrick Kelley ...
Jason Van Heese
Shirly McCalla ...
Ma Van Heese
Stacey Shulman ...
Renee Reynolds
Christine Staples ...
Jamie Van Heese
Laura Tomas ...
Michelle Van Heese
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Michael Van Heese
Kay Parten ...
Alien Number 1
Ginny Klekker ...
Alien Number 2 (as Ginny Kleker)
Rose Schneider ...
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On a typical fall evening in 1983, a young man was videotaping his niece's 5th birthday party. As the night's strange occurrences took place, he kept his video camera running, recording the entire event.

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Many UFO enthusiasts incorrectly believe the film consists of real footage of an alien abduction. That's why the film's distribution was so difficult and the film so rare. See more »

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The "REAL" (lol) McPherson Tape
10 September 2013 | by (Glenwood Springs, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Ah, the infamous "real" McPherson Tape. Hugely controversial among the alien abduction enthusiasts, hundreds of people still think that this the real deal. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but it isn't. Still, this is probably the most believable found footage movie I've ever seen, as it really does feel as if you're watching an actual VHS camcorder home video of a real Midwestern family in the early 1980s. The alien abductions themselves are not really the focus here. The focus seems to be the tension that this family feels while being scared out of their wits. I prefer this original version over the 1997 made-for-television remake, Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County, which screamed "fake" right from the get go: awful acting, no chemistry between the actors/characters, overblown effects and laughable "documentary interviews" interspersed to insult the viewer's intelligence. Even though this original version is bare bones and lacking in alien action, it still manages to be taught, atmospheric, well acted, and most of all, believable. This has been next to impossible to find for decades, but thankfully someone has uploaded a pirated copy on the internet recently. If you are a fan of the remake, aliens/UFOs, found footage or just underground cinema in general, do yourself a favor and check it out. But just remember, its only a movie! There is no REAL "McPherson Tape" floating around out there. The name of the family in this original version isn't even McPherson, its Van Heese.


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