Andrew reviews the found footage UFO thriller, The Phoenix Incident.
|Look. It's a triangle.|
I hope some squares and circles
show up too.
Despite only being in it's infancy, the found footage UFO alien abduction science fiction thriller subgenre has had a lot of traffic lately, whether it's Alien Abduction, Area 51 or the concluding segment of V/H/S 2. Moreover, films like Dark Skies, Night Skies, Star Leaf and Alien Abduction have shown a resurgence of the extraterrestrial kidnapping flick, proof positive there's still an audience for fearing the little green men. The latest entry in the UFO thriller canon is the limited theatrical release of video game director Keith Arem's feature film debut The Phoenix Incident, a genre hybrid that's part mockmentary part found footage chase thriller. Loosely based on the much publicized 'Phoenix Lights' UFO sighting in Phoenix, Arizona on March 13, 1997, The Phoenix Incident marks the second fictional film to tie itself to the Phoenix Lights incident (Night Skies being the first) as well as one of the more surprising clandestine releases of 2016. This came out under the radar in only 200 theaters as well as VOD and unfortunately likely played to empty theaters, a shame because on the outset it looked like cheap Asylum Entertainment trash. Upon closer inspection, I was surprised just how entertained I was by this inspired little low budget gem. It makes no bones about it being a B movie but it has just enough characteristics all it's own to separate it from the usual pack of found footage movies.
|Hello.....is there anybody in there?|
Alright. Enough with
the Pink Floyd references.
|How do you spell|
Fire in the Sky?
For a genre that's arguably overstayed it's welcome, The Phoenix Incident is among the better recent found footage offerings that sadly will unlikely find an audience until it maybe hits Netflix or other streaming video programs later this year. In the meantime, keep watching the skies and check your internet listings for when this one comes around. For a miniscule low budget UFO creature feature and likewise for a bona fide fan of these kinds of alien movies, The Phoenix Incident was much better than I thought it was going to be.
- Andrew Kotwicki