Alien Abduction: The MacPherson Tape (1998)

Reviewer - Frank Darcy

The introduction states this video was made by a teenager who was filming his family Thanksgiving dinner. But they encounter strange events. This film - if true - represents the clearest evidence yet of aliens.

If true? This is so obviously a film (even excluding the credits - Alien 1 played by etc) but it was good. This was made before the Blair Witch Project, and could make you wonder where the BWP people got the idea from. Personally I think this was better.

When the family has gathered, the power goes. The three brothers go to check and see a bright flash. Investigating they see aliens doing something to a cow. An alien then shoots one of the guys with a laser, and then things really go bad. They run home, and the aliens follow. The remainder of the movie is made of the events in the home.

A nice touch was the cut ins with various experts, such as the local Sheriff, video experts, etc.

This is well worth catching.

Note:
This review has generated more emails than any other on the list. Two questions keep coming up.

1 Is this real?
No. When the credits roll up, included in there are items like Alien #1 played by. It is a movie, one of the best of its type, but still a movie. Also at the end, there is the following:

Its a 555 number - the fake one they use in US TV and Movies.

2 Where can you get this?
I have no idea. It does not seem to be on sale anywhere. If the maker ever reads this review, take a hint and sell it. If anyone does know where it can be viewed or bought, please let me know.

Emails

Date: Mon 28 November 2005
From: Darragh McGale
Hiya I happened to stumble upon this site while looking up the MacPherson Alien Abduction Tape. I recorded it from Sky about 5 years ago and have it somewhere in my attic. It really scared the wits outa me that nite, I was only 15 and was in the house on my own. I just happened to remember I had it on tape the other day. I just duno if im ready to watch it again on my own!lol
Hi,
Wouldn't go that far, but it is a good movie
Go on, watch it - you know you want to.

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Date: Tue 15 November 2005
From: Chris
As I have not actually seen the movie I may be way off base, but as I was surfing the internet I found your site and read through a few reviews (great stuff btw) and this one caught my attention. There IS a real incident that bears similarity to the events depicted in the film, although not entirely congruent with the film, it does seem to loosely follow an event that happened in August 1955, on a farm between the towns of Kelly and Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA.
Billy Ray Taylor and the 11 members of the Sutton family claim that on the evening of August 21, 1955, their home was under siege by creatures that fit the common description for aliens known as "Greys". Several times Taylor and the eldest Sutton (Lucky) opened fire on the aliens, but caused no visible physical harm to the creatures. The police were summoned, but were only able to locate a "luminescent" patch from where one creature had been standing. After the police left, the creatures returned. The older two men again fired upon the creatures. The rest of the evening was spent with the men "fending off" the creatures, who were last seen around 5:15 AM, shortly before sunrise.
A series of investigations were run by the police and psychological/medical professionals. The Sutton family were all found to be sane, sincere-having never profited from the their story, and free from the influence of drugs.
I thought your readers would like to know that although the movie itself is entirely fictional, it is possible that the film makers were influenced by documented events.
*information on the event taken from the book; "Mysteries of the Unknown: The UFO Phenomenon" printed by Time-Life Books, Copyright 1987
Thanks,
Chris
Hi Chris
Thanks for that. As far as I know the movie is 100% fiction and not based any actual incident. However I believe the makes did look at reported cases. I don't know if they were aware of this one or not, but I had heard of it myself.
Glad you liked the site.

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Date: Thu 19 May 2005
From: Jack
Hey I saw that you were wondering about getting a copy of the original film, and I'm the guy you're looking for. I am seriously the only person who has an original VHS version called UFO abduction, legacy home video/ axiom films. It is 90 minutes long, written and directed by Dean Alioto. It was printed in 1990, and was never released in theatres or to the public to buy. Dean Alioto then sold the movie to the UPN network who then edited the film, removing most of the film and adding quite a bit of new footage. Then the UPN network aired the film in 1997 or 1998, under the name Alien Abduction Incident in Lake County. Scaring to death anyone who saw it including me. I was 17 at the time and freaked out. Years later I went on a quest to find a copy of the film, I now have on DVD Both versions, and the only true original on VHS. You can ask director Dean Alioto himself...(even he doesnt have one) any questions write me back I consider myself the athority on this subject.
Thanks, Jack
Wow, that sounds great. It also explains something about the history of the tape.

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Date: Sun 15 May 2005
From: Jennifer
Hi there do you have any idea where I can buy this great movie from? I have been looking for absolute ages to find this and cannot seem to find it anywhere?
Sorry but it's not for sale at the moment. If that changes I'll try to let you know.

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Date: Sun 08 May 2005
From: Rafus
I am interested in the mcphersons alien abduction video, I like to buy it directly from you, email me back , please.
Thank you.
Sorry but I can't sell this, as it's not for sale at the moment.

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Date: Thu 05 May 2005
From: Tom Noble
Just to let you know I have been looking for a copy of the mcpherson tape and have not been able to find one. I remember watching it on SKY about 4 years back and have not seen it since. So I have been onto SKY and got them to show it again. This will be on the 19TH OF JUNE 2005 on sky movies 8 at 03:30am GMT.
Tom
Hi
Sorry about the delay in getting back, but life has been busy. Fair play to you contacting SKY.

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Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005
From: Liam
One of the guys in this movie is also in Stargate SG-1's episode 1969 and he plays a young General Hammond
Liam
Well spotted

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Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005
From: Shaun McCready
Hi again i just want to remind everyone going on this site that i have obtained several copies of this great footage.I am more than happy to sell to those who wish to see it again. Anyone interested email me and i will let you know the cost. Whatever the cost it is worth it to view this alien abduction again.
Shaun
Thanks for that. I have a policy of not issuing email addresses, but if anone gets in touch, I'll pass them on. Note however, I have no part in any transactions that may take place, and of course I do not condone selling of pirated copies of anything.

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Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2005
From: Burdy
Message: Saw your write up, however the first time I saw the film, it had no credits, just a series of Photos of the missing persons and a request to contact a Toll Free number if anyone knew the whereabouts of any of the shown persons. The credits showing Alien #1 was only seen on the second time I saw it, nearly a year later..
Q1. Does anyone know how to buy it...? if not why not.... etc
Q2. The 'acting' was very good, what other films have they been in...?
Q3. The effects seemed pretty realistic. Who is claiming all the fame for this, where's all the web sites and stuff... It appears that even though this 'film' was very well made there is no hype to follow. No money making machine behind it all... Why not...
Can you help with any of these questions if not sorry to bother... Thanks
First off, it's a movie, nothing more.
Q1 - It is very difficult to buy, but so what. It took many years before "Annie Get Your Gun" was released.
Q2 - I recognised several of the actors from other movies, and I'm sure you can get the details on the Internet Movie Database.
Q3 - Good question, but what happened to the people behind "Blair Witch Project"?
I'm starting to think that my web site is the main one for this movie, and I may have to expand on this.

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Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005
From: Shaun McCready
Message: Hi just to let you know that the MacPherson tape, The Alien Abduction is on sale on eBay item number 6358804882 for a real bargain. This tape is not available anywhere else, I have looked! BUY NOW!!
Thanks for that Shaun, it's probably too late by now, but it's good to know that it's on sale somewhere

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Date: Sat, 01 Jan 2005
From: RJ
Message: I saw the message sent by Umbrel a while ago and the the vintage DVD is only available for americans. Where can I get that movie!!!!!!!!!!! I saw it about a year ago on Sky, it is so cool. Do they not realize that if they did sell it in Ireland, there would be such a market that people would get rich!!!!!!!!
The first day of the new year and the first mail - and its that fracking film. I'd like to see it again though.

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Date: 21 October 2004
From: Umbrel
Message: Anyone who wants this tape, you can get it at these places and/or learn more about it.
Check out these links to buy this tape or learn more about it.
Sky Movies Link
Hope I helped.
Umbrel, thanks a lot.

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Date: 26 July 2004

From: Ally Sepulveda
Message: First of all this is a great site! Keep the hard work!
Second.. I was wondering if you could recommend some movies with the same style like the MacPherson tape... thank you so much!
Love,
Ally from Mexico
There is of course Blair Witch Project, and a few others whose names escape me at the moment

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Date: 02 July 2004
From: nat
Message: Hey it's a movie based on a home video that was actually found, the people who went missing are played by actors isn't that right?
Holds head in hands and cries No No No No. It's a movie. Nothing more. There is no such incident that I can find from any reliable source, and that includes several UFO researchers. But if anyone has prove of the reality of this, pass it on.

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Date: 31 May 2004
From: Chris
Message: Hi. i have seen this many time on sky movies so have a look on there for it. i think if u want it u will haft to record it thats wot i did. it is very good.
Given the amount of mail I get on this movie, I'm really stunned it can't be bought anywhere.

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Date: 02 March 2004
From: Craig
Message: Yesterday there was a showing of the Mcpherson tape on Sky, I did tape it but was wondering if the original was available, and how much it would cost.
Thanks a lot for the info.
As far as I know it is not available on the market place.

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Date: 09 October 2003
From: Nick Jones
Just to let you know that the MacPherson tape is on Sky Movies Max 5 (british tv) at 1.25am on Friday the 10th October (tommorrow) !! Everybody get recording!! I cant believe how lucky I am to be seeing it again after 4 years!! wooo hoooo
The MacPherson tapes biggest fan!!
Damn! Damn! Damn! - I didn't see this email till Saturday, plus I don't have Sky Movies. Damn! Damn! Damn!

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Date 23 September 2003
From: Nick Jones
I am just wondering if you have any more information on where you can buy or view the MacPherson tape. Saw it on Sky TV about a year ago and loved it but have not seen anything since.
Thank you very much for your time
Nope.

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Date: May 04, 2003
From: Ruby
Have you had any response as to anyone getting this copies of this tape? I would surely be interested n purchasing a copy.
None as yet, but keep the fingers crossed.

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Date: April 06, 2003
From: Jurgen De Blonde
Hey, just to let you know they played the above mentioned movie on Belgian TV tonight...
It's great... and it also proves it's available.
grts
jrgn
It's good to know it's still out there.

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Date: February 28, 2003
From: katrina
I thought it was great. I have it on tape when they showed it on UPN (I think). I can make copies if you would like.
Given the interest in this movie, you could be on to something here.

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Date: February 06, 2003
From: Pat Markham
I once had a wide eyed teenager tell me about a tape with same story. He said the tape had been borrowed without permission from a friends father who was a UFO enthusiast. He thought it was real and that they would be in trouble for watching it. I don't recall anything about interviews but he did say there was a statement at the end that the people were missing and to call police if they are seen. I am curious about your date of 1998 because this young man told me this story in 1990 or 1991
I took the date from Internet Movie Database It does sound interesting though. But it is very clear from the credit this is not real. Of course there may be other stories out there.

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Date: February 04, 2003
From: kentaro
I just saw the movie on TV, (in Holland at midnight). I love it !!!!!
So did I, great movie.

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Date: Thursday, December 12, 2002
From: Craig
Message: hi there, I have just been looking for the film (the MacPherson tape), and I stumbled across your web site. I was wondering if u can give me any idea where I might be able to purchase the film.
Thanks for your help.
Thud - Thud - Thud
Sound of head hitting against wall.
See below.

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Date: Saturday, December 07, 2002
From: Dean
Is there any way I could see the real mcpherson tape on the net or anywhere?
Aggggg!!!!!
I get asked this about every 2 to 3 weeks. No idea where this is available

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Date: Friday, November 01, 2002
From: William Anderson
I saw this tape about 3 years ago on telivision, and have been trying to find a copy of it everywhere. Do you have any idea on where I may be able to find it? I would really appreciate your assistance since you are the only thing I have found this whole time on this exact incident. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.
I caught this on a movie channel. Other than that, no idea. Judging by the response I got on this, it worth while for the makers to release it.

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Date: Friday, October 11, 2002
From: Jen Kubis
Hi first off I really like your web page. I was wondering how I could see the MacPherson tape. Could I buy it somewhere or download it. I've been trying for the longest time I just can't find it anywhere. I would really appreciate it if you could help. Thanks a lot
Jenn
This video seems to attract a lot of attention. If I could sell this, I would be rolling in the cash, but I've no idea where you could find this. As I said elsewhere I saw it on a satelite channel.

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Date: Wednesday, October 09, 2002
From: Moshe Abutbul
I was wandering where did you get the film from. I saw it a long time ago, but it seems the video simply dissapeared!. Only recently I had found it's name.
Moshe.
Saw it on TV.

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Date: Saturday, October 05, 2002
From: bijan
Hi. I was wondering if you can help me with some information on how to find and purchase this tape(if available).Thank you.
No idea, as I've said elsewhere I caught it in TV.

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Date: Wednesday, October 02, 2002
From: Tom
Do you know where I can get a copy of this tape. I saw it once on TV and that was it. I never seen or heard about it again untill I found your web site. If you know where I can get a copy or a place that might have it for rent. Can you let me know? Thanks.
Like yourself, I only caught this on TV.

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Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2002
From: Paul
Wondering where I can find it?
No idea.

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Date: Saturday, September 07, 2002
From: Nick Christop
Why is it so hard to find any info about this tape that was aired on TV?
Wouldn't this be the biggest ufo topic for any expert out there to discuss?
Has anybody investigated into this tape?
Has the family ever shown up at the nearest cafe?
Or was I fooled into thinking this was real?
How on earth was that ufo faked it looked huge and solid and the laser was making sizzling sounds on the cows skin.
If you can set me straight it would be appreciated.
Thanks Nick
Next time look at the full film, including the credits. When you see things like Alien #1 played by whoever, I think its a hint that its a film. It's not real, it did not happen, it was a movie. Actually I think its better than the Blair Witch Project.

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Date: Saturday, August 03, 2002
From: Margaret
Hello, I'd like to say the macpherson tape is rubbish. I'm a big fan of stargate sg-1 and 2 of the brothers in the *MOVIE* are in it..Aaron Pearl and Kristian Ayre. Anyway it scares the hell outa me, I hate it, but some how get addicted into watching it
Thanks for reading if u do!
BYE! luv marg in england
Like I say above, when you see the credits there is no question this is a movie, but I liked it anyway.

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