“The Fourth Kind” and thoughts on abductions and possessions

(Note: This post includes some spoilers about the film. If you are planning to see it, you might want to read this post later.)

Last Wednesday I saw “The Fourth Kind.” The film had not received favorable reviews locally, so I went with low expectations, thinking it would be your standard abduction flick. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself deeply engrossed in the movie.

I had not realized that the movie included actual footage of abductees’ hypnotic regression sessions and police footage. This added intensity to the film; an actor’s screams can rarely match a true, gutteral cry of terror. What I found interesting, though, was that parts of the regression sessions were more like possession rather than abduction regression. People’s bodies contorted and at least two of them were shouting in ancient Sumerian. Plus the video would become snowy during parts of the session, almost as though the abductees were generating a large amount of electromagnetic energy. This reminded me of parts of Reginald Crosley’s book, “The Vodou Quantum Leap,” where he discusses how, by generating huge amounts of electromagnetic energy (either though science via the Philadelphia Experiment or through ritual) the limitations of what we accept as common reality can be temporarily surpassed. Thus, entities from the spirit world can temporarily reside in a human body.

In two of the cases shown in the movie, the abductees were left with permanent disabling injuries. I thought about possessions in Vodou, and how the lwa are always careful to avoid injuring their horses (the possessed people). These entities that are assumed to be aliens–what are they, really? Are they the grey Roswell-type aliens, or a related species? Or are they something entirely different? And why do we assume them to be related? The regression footage reminded me more of demonic possession than alien abduction regression.

I think people are driven to quickly label things they don’t understand in order to have some type of answer, even if it is the wrong one. It’s also hard to be objective under duress.

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