Milla Jojovich famously appeared several months ago in a trailer for a film to be released–strangely, portraying herself, rather than her character–promoting a new horror film released yesterday called The Fourth Kind. Leading up to the film’s release, a variety of articles and interpretations of the film were made; would it be an actual documentary film dealing with UFO witnesses and abductions? Perhaps a cheesy horror film that tries to cash in on similar releases (Paranormal Activity)? In all likelihood, could it be anything more than a hoax?

With the film’s release this weekend, the hubbub has yet to die down, and no doubt, it will be a good while before it does. One thing has changed, however; people are seeing the film, reviews are pouring in, and criticism of the film’s content, as well as its viral marketing campaign, are becoming prolific.

Prior to the film’s release, many avid web searchers (this one included) managed to find various websites that housed information about an Alaskan psychiatrist, Dr. Abigail Tyler, who is represented by Jovovich

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Author: Micah Hanks

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One Reply to “Hoax of the Fourth Kind: Popular Mechanics Investigates”

  1. I still haven’t seen the movie, but ever since I saw that frightening clip with the owl face slowly morphing into… something else *gulp* I was very curious about it.

    It might turn out to be a positive thing, because after the hoopla of the hoax discussions subsides, a lot of people are going to find themselves talking about a subject they might have dismissed beforehand a few months ago; and maybe in some of those dinner conversations someone might be brave enough to share a weird personal nocturnal experience.

    Maybe “The Fourth Kind will be the abductees “Philadelphia” 🙂

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