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Do movies influence UFO sightings ?

Posted on Wednesday, 3 April, 2013 | Comment icon 64 comments

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Hollywood movies involving UFOs and aliens could have a direct effect on the number of real-life reports.

For years there have been noticeable increases in UFO sightings that coincide with the release of an alien/UFO themed movie. One notable example occurred in 1996 when the Ministry of Defence was inundated with six times the usual number of reports. Far from being a sign of an impending invasion however the spate of sightings coincided exactly with the release of the movie 'Independence Day' in cinemas, leading some to refer to the incident as the "Will Smith effect".

"Popular culture informs what we see in the sky, and then how we interpret it," said UFO expert Dr. David Clarke. "We’ve grown up with science fiction movies like ‘Independence Day’, and no one can divorce themselves from it. Not that people were seeing that one movie, and then going out to look for UFOs - It simply raised their awareness, and they became more likely to report things."

"Roland Emmerich’s alien-invasion spectacular ‘Independence Day’ was 1996’s summer blockbuster and it sent the world extraterrestrial mad."

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Comment icon #55 Posted by Midyin on 23 April, 2013, 17:33
I think UFO encounters encourage movies...
Comment icon #56 Posted by psyche101 on 24 April, 2013, 9:44
And there is the Griffith University Innocence project freeing people wrongly convicted by eyewitness accounts.
Comment icon #57 Posted by psyche101 on 24 April, 2013, 9:47
In some cases you would be right. Close Encounters of the Third Kind Portrayed the Portage County Incident, and even the esteemed J Allen Hynek made a cameo appearance. But largely, I would say it is the other way around.
Comment icon #58 Posted by psyche101 on 24 April, 2013, 9:49
The Tom Cruise bit wrecks it somewhat.
Comment icon #59 Posted by DONTEATUS on 25 April, 2013, 5:22
Well his latest movie isnt that bad,I would even give it a 3.5 but He really needs to get off that Wacko-religion trip !
Comment icon #60 Posted by Midyin on 25 April, 2013, 15:18
Have you ever seen "Fire in the Sky" or "The Fourth Kind"? Not only are they based off UFO abductions, but they are also really good movies that any UFO enthusiast can enjoy...
Comment icon #61 Posted by HDesiato on 25 April, 2013, 17:46
Sure, it's true, movies are influenced by events. "The UFO Incident" was a movie based on the events described by Betty and Barney Hill. I saw this premiere on TV when I was a kid. It warped my fragile little mind. " Although the popular version of events is that Barney Hill's hypnosis deion is the first appearance of a so-called gray alien in modern culture, that first appearance actually came twelve days earlier, on national television, in an episode of The Outer Limits called The Bellero Shield." [More]
Comment icon #62 Posted by DONTEATUS on 25 April, 2013, 23:31
Man How I miss those Black& White Twilight`s
Comment icon #63 Posted by R4z3rsPar4d0x on 26 April, 2013, 19:20
Wasn't Close Encounters Of The Third Kind loosely based off of the whole Roswell Incident. I thought I read that somewhere, I could be mistaken though if so please let me know
Comment icon #64 Posted by DONTEATUS on 27 April, 2013, 3:56
It was ,I believe based upon the entire UFO story,Like the Lost Flight in the Triangle,and abductions,the union that people feel about E.T in general ! Just remember your Towel and peanuts !

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