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Now or Then – The Fourth Kind or Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

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Now: The Fourth Kind (2009)Then: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Although its use of fake documentary footage represents a pretty obvious attempt to emulate The Blair With Project (as well as, perhaps unexpectedly, the recent horror smash Paranormal Activity) the new scifi flick The Fourth Kind was pretty much asking for comparison when it decided to consciously echo the title of Steven Spielberg’s now-classic scifi epic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. We’re more than happy to oblige.

Our Credulous Hero(ine)

The Fourth Kind: Alaska psychiatrist Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) discovers during her research that a number of her traumatized subjects have had violent encounters with UFOs. She’s determined to find out more.

Close Encounters: After encountering UFOs in the middle of a dark country road at night, Indiana power station worker Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) becomes obsessed with aliens. He’s determined to find out more.

The Action Hits Close to Home
The Fourth Kind: Dr. Tyler is convinced that her husband’s ghastly, gory death was secretly caused by aliens.

Close Encounters: Gillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon) becomes distraught after her three-year-old son Barry (Cary Guffey) is abducted by aliens, in an intense and iconic scene.

Strange Visions

The Fourth Kind: Owls! OWLS!
Close Encounters: A number of characters who have had contacts
with UFOs have visions of a mountain that turns out to be
Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, which looks nothing at all like an owl.

The Method of Communication
The Fourth Kind: The aliens speak the long-dead language of Sumerian, possibly a result of contact in ancient times.

Close Encounters: A mysterious set of five notes that happen to be the opening notes of “When You Wish Upon a Star,” from Pinocchio.

Sayonara, Earth!
The Fourth Kind: Dr. Tyler is finally abducted by the evil aliens in the end, and gruesomely experimented upon in blurry, mysterious footage.

Close Encounters: Convinced the aliens are friendly, Roy finally
decides to run away with them at the end. In one of the (numerous) cuts
of the film, we are even treated to glimpses of the inside of the alien
ship.

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