A new partnership was announced to make a movie of the Betty and Barney Hill event – the alien abduction story that set the standard for all future abduction stories.
The film will follow Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple from Portsmouth, New Hampshire who claimed to have been abducted by a UFO in 1961. The Hills claimed to have been studied by extraterrestrials, then returned to their lives with missing memories that were later retrieved under hypnosis. The film will examine the birth of modern UFO lore, and place the events in a context of both Cold War paranoia and the country’s struggle over race relations.
The film will be based on the book written by Stanton Friedman and Kathleen Marden called “Captured! The Betty And Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story Of The World’s First Documented Alien Abduction”.
The screenplay is being written by Bryce Zabel who has penned such cinema classics as “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” which is considered to be one of the worst movies ever made, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 3% and a 3.6 star rating on IMDb. He also wrote for the TV series of “The Crow: Stairway to Heaven” and “Lois and Clark”.
The Hill story itself introduces the concept of “missing time”. Eventually, the later retelling of the story included alien beings with remarkable eyes, needles inserted into the stomach, and “anal probes”. These details were obtained under hypnotic regression, a questionable process by which the person is put in a suggestible state and relates information that is dubious in truthfulness.
Then there was the origin of aliens themselves that looked remarkably like something that had recently appeared in pop culture…
Jason Colavito has some insight:
Due to a complete lack of physical evidence for any abduction, as well as careful research into the way hypnosis can be used to induce fantasies, skeptics have rightly dismissed such accounts as imaginative creations and have sought an origin for them in science fiction.
Because this type of “slanted” eye was rare in aliens depicted in science fiction films of the era, skeptics seized upon it as evidence that Barney Hill was recalling a particular episode of the classic television series The Outer Limits, called “The Bellero Shield,” that had aired February 10, 1964, twelve days before Barney Hill’s abduction. This episode features an extraterrestrial with the same eye configuration.
He concludes that Barney Hill conflated the details of what he saw in the media with what he described in his strange situation.
It’s an interesting case for sure, but not in the sense that it is convincing that people were abducted by aliens. This makes us think this movie will be sensationalized (how could it NOT be?) and not true to the facts. Sadly, by picking up Freidman’s view, it’s missing the plethora of useful information from other views.
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