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The Fourth Kind (2009) Poster

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According to promotional materials from Universal, the film is framed around a psychologist named Abigail Tyler who interviewed traumatized patients in Nome. However Alaska state licensing examiner Jan Mays says she can't find records of an Abigail Tyler ever being licensed in any profession in Alaska. Ron Adler, CEO and director of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and Denise Dillard, president of the Alaska Psychological Association say they've never heard of Abigail Tyler. Web sites for an "Alaska Psychiatry Journal" and "Alaska News Archive" containing references to Tyler were created by the film's producers, but were outed as hoaxes when it was discovered they were registered a month before the film's release and the purported author of one of the archived news articles stated she had never written it.
The end credits do not include the usual "The events and persons depicted in this film are fictitious..." or "The film is based on the real events..." section.
The movie's hoaxed interviews have angered the families of real missing persons in and around Nome, Alaska, for trivializing their loss. Melanie Edwards, Vice President of Kawerak Inc. (an organization representing tribal peoples in Alaska), described the movie as "insensitive to family members of people who have gone missing in Nome over the years". Universal has refused to discuss the movie with that organization or with local journalists.
The real Nome is 51% native Alaskan, but there are no indigenous characters in the film (at least none stated to be).
"The Fourth Kind" is a reference to scientist J. Allen Hyneks famous categories involving the sightings of UFOs. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) also referred to this scale.
The habitual soundtrack used for the ending credits of the movies is changed by diverse audio tracks where people call a "UFO reporting center" explaining their sightings.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Despite its plot involving alien abductions, aliens are never actually depicted at any point in the movie (apart from some ambiguous sound bites).

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