It’s located about 2,000 miles north of Bray’s Point, but local UFO “watchers” here feel a special kinship with those in Nome, Alaska, because both places sit on the very edge of the continent and both remote sites have experienced a rash of alien abductions; with Nome now more famous thanks to real life imitating art with the recent re-lease of the 2009 film “The Fourth Kind” that’s set in real-life Nome. The horror of a close encounter of the fourth kind – experienced by people both here at Bray’s Point and in mass up in Nome -- say those who’ve been abducted by non-human intelligences is memories are so buried in one’s mind that it creates another compartment in one’s head. “The people I’ve talked to have this hidden current of memory about their abduction that’s similar to a film rolling on; with their memories so vivid, so close, that you don’t dare challenge them it’s not true,” explains Oregon UFO “watcher” Errol from his home at Bray’s Point where he hosts those who feel the need to look for UFOs and remember, unwillingly, their close encounter of a forth kind.
Real life and film’s 3:33 connection
“If they want proof, than ask ‘why is it that each and every one who’s been abducted stops and notices the clock when it reads 3:33?’ I can talk to someone here at Bray’s whose repressed memories of their abduction, and they tell me about waking up at 3:33 a.m. each night or, for whatever reasons, they stop and look at a clock during the day at 3:33,” adds Errol.
In turn, when one listens to the Nome, Alaska, radio station KNOM or reports from Fairbanks or watch cable TV and broadband in Nome, or even read reports over the past 20 plus years in Alaska’s oldest newspaper, the “Nome Nugget,” there’s plenty of references to “disappearances."
Moreover, there's almost "regular UFO sightings" in the Nome region throughout the year, with ufologists thinking this may be a region for a sort of command center for alien life on Earth.
And, if you listen and read between the lines, explains Errol of the e-mails he’s received from ufologist now studying Nome abductions, “there’s this 333, or someone mentioning they awoke after seeing a white owl and noted it was 3:33 a.m.”
At the same time, Nome’s new claim to fame is that this secluded community of about 4,000 residents – who live on a remote area of Alaska “on the southern Seward Peninsula” – has experienced a large number of “unexplained disappearances,” with recent “possible abductions by non-human intelligences” as recent as Jan. 29 when a husband and wife “tourists” disappeared.
FBI called to Nome to find missing
Also, the FBI continues to decline comment about either a rash of disappearances back in 2000 and “continued disappearances ever since,” state local media.
And, both CNN and other national and international media have descended upon Nome after this so-called “string of disappearances” have increased to a sort of Bermuda Triangle effect where people living or visiting this region that’s not far from the ancient civilization unearthed along the Bering Strait have vanished, and “who can hear their screams,” said the family of one man who was reported “missing” in early 2012 “when we’re so remote in this small town on the West Coast of already remote Alaska.”
In turn, the documentary-drama “The Fourth Kind” points to this epidemic of disappearances getting so bad that the FBI started visiting Nome in 2005 to investigate; while CNN and the Anchorage Daily News reported how the “victims were largely native men” and also “Nome women and their children.”
Officially, “nine bodies were never found,” according to reports in the Anchorage Daily News; while other local “word of mouth citizen journalists” estimate “many hundreds have disappeared over the past 10 years.”
Fourth Kind mirrors real life a bit too real
While the film “The Fourth Kind” was not well received by critics in 2009, “it’s gotten better with age because much of what it presents is not fiction but actual real life interviews. This is not a Hollywood special effects film, but a documentary with actors filling in the gaps,” explains Errol who said he’s seen the film “a dozen or more times” at informal meetings of Pacific Northwest area UFO watcher groups that “get together in those non-descript motel rooms for meetings and discussions.”
In turn, "The Fourth Kind” relies on “the found footage technique,” where the film makers use a split screen of “real footage” and re-enactments starring Milla Jovovich playing the real life doctor who recorded people who claimed they were “abducted by non-human intelligences.”
While senior officials in Nome, where the film is based, deny any claims of “UFOs” or “aliens” or “abductions” per say, other city officials who are no longer in public office assert “this is not science fiction,” but “real when a child goes missing and you never find him or her.”
Moreover, the mayor of Nome has recently compared this 2009 film – that’s gained a new following in Europe and Asia where it was re-released last summer – with the “Blair Witch Project,” and stated that it’s not true, while still not explaining why so many people in the Nome area have gone missing.
Fourth Kind shares just the facts
Those who’ve viewed either the theater release or the recent DVD release of "The Fourth Kind” -- with deleted scenes of the actual interviews with adducted Nome locals who rise in the air in uncontrollable fits when re-living their abduction at the hands of “hostile aliens” – claim “it’s powerful because all you need is one on camera interview to be real to shake your world forever.”
And, the actual footage of real people being interviewed is shocking; say those who’ve recently re-visited the film on DVD for a close look at the deleted scenes from the actual police camera footage and doctor interview footage.
In turn, the film does not worry “if you believe” because it tells viewers up front that it’s up to you to decide.
For example, the title itself is derived from a "scale of measurement" that was "developed in 1972" to categorize alien encounters, best known through its use in Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Thus, the film explains that on the scale, the first kind of encounter is defined as a UFO sighting; the second, collected evidence of extraterrestrials; and the third kind is contact; while the “fourth kind” is actual alien abduction and it’s not pretty when viewing actual victims re-living the horror while noticing those numbers 333 that you too who are reading this may also notice in your day-to-day lives?
“That’s why the Fourth Kind it rings true for me and many others,” adds Errol at Bray’s Point.
Alien abduction is hard to prove
While Errol says it’s hard enough to “prove” a UFO sighting “because everybody and their brother has seen strange lights in the sky, an alien abduction is viewed by ufologists such as Errol as the most difficult to prove because “the victim either becomes a bit crazy afterwards, and nobody seems to believe them, or they simply vanish.”
Errol then points to page after page of “missing children” posters that he’s downloaded from the FBI and various missing children police reports nationwide.
“What’s happened to all these missing children? If just one out of the more than 300,000 or more that are currently went missing since last year is a ‘forth kind’ alien abduction than that’s all you need.”
Fourth Kind director releases theories
NBC Universal, parent company of distributor Universal Studios, stated in a press release after the initial release of “The Fourth Kind” in 2009 that it’s not fiction.
In turn, rookie writer/director Olatunde Osunsanmi was unavailable for comment, stated NBC Universal, but according to a fact sheet handed out at early screenings of The Fourth Kind, Osunsanmi stated that he “discovered the disappearances that plagued Nome in 2004 when a friend told him of a Dr. Abigail Tyler.”
During sleep studies "in fall 2000, the therapist's patients, under hypnosis, exhibited behaviors that suggested encounters with nonhumans," explained the Fourth Kind press statement; while also explaining how Doctor Tyler “recorded footage depicting disturbing scenes, which director Osunsanmi uses alongside re-enactments starring Milla Jovovich and Will Patton in a split screen.”
The press statement also explains why Jovovich informs the audience right up front that she "plays the role of Dr. Abigail Tyler, and that the images they are about to see are very disturbing.”