Found footage genre movies are a hit and miss proposition at best. It’s a stylistic approach that can be used well, certainly, but it’s overused to be sure. For every good offering, you get what feels like dozens of lackluster efforts. But that’s not going to stop people from adopting this approach, and we’ve got another one, The Rendlesham UFO Incident, on the way. Check out this new trailer and see for yourself if this is something you want to watch.
The film is inspired by a real life British UFO hotspot, a place some refer to as “Britain’s Roswell.” From what we see here, it looks like pretty standard stuff. There’s a lot of running through dimly lit woods, sudden noises that happen off screen, tons of screaming, lots of seeing things where you’re not exactly sure what you saw, and a fair amount of cameras getting dropped on the ground and the frame goes from super jittery to totally still.
It does, however, look like there might be enough here to keep this from being totally generic. It’s also directed by a guy named Daniel Simpson, who is both a resident of the region where this forest is located, as well as a purported expert on the “Rendlesham Forest incident.” In 1980, members of the U.S. Air Force, who were stationed as an RAF base in the area, had what sounds like a pretty standard UFO experience. They witnessed unidentified lights in the sky, the local animal population was agitated, and when they tried to follow the lights, they disappeared.
Here’s a synopsis of the movie:
33 years after the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, three metal detector enthusiasts hunting for Saxon gold in the same region, capture incredible footage of UFO’s whilst filming their expedition. As night falls and with their navigation equipment failing, they find themselves facing a terrifying encounter with an unforgiving alien presence.
The set up has the potential to be pretty cool. Over the years there have been even more incidents in the area, so it has its own built in mythology/story for the film to play off of. The big question is whether or not The Rendlesham UFO Incident will be able to capitalize on the things it has going for it and avoid the usual pitfalls of the found footage format. That’s the trick right there.