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Article 34704 of sci.skeptic: Newsgroups: sci.skeptic Path: bilver!tous!tarpit!uunet!utcsri!n ewsflash.concordia.ca!mizar.cc.umanitoba.ca!rutkows From: rutkows@ccu.umanitoba.ca (Chris Rutkowski) Subject: MIS-Fire in the Sky Message-ID: Summary: comments on Walton abduction movie Keywords: movie, abduction, Walton, UFO Sender: news@ccu.umanitoba.ca Nntp-Posting-Host: ccu.umanitoba.ca Organization: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1993 18:06:49 GMT Lines: 49 I saw FIRE IN THE SKY at a preview last night. There was mixed reaction from the audience. First of all, the movie does not resemble Walton's book in the least. I thought his ghostwritten version of what he claimed was bizarre enough withough Tracy Torme's "artistic licence". If you like movies with lots of gore, shock effects and gallons of brown goo, this is the one for you. Walton's original claim of a sterile, antiseptic alien spaceship and operating room has given way to an interior that attempts to outdo the ALIEN series of flicks. Membraneous pods, ET-like aliens and slimy honeycombs populate the ship's interior. Good news for horror buffs: the audience liked that stuff. What was odd was the complete contrast with the rest of the movie, in which crusty James Garner grilled the other work crew about their apparent murder of Walton. Garner's character, the sheriff, didn't believe a word of the abduction story, and kept trying to trip them up through his investigation. That part of the movie, including the social and public effects of an alleged UFO on a community, was actually very good. In essence, it's not necessary to debunk the movie because it bears no resemblance to even the original story. I'm amazed that MUFON devoted half of its most recent issue to a preview of the movie, including a new article by Walton. In the movie, APRO investigators, with the group name changed to AFAR, are portrayed as complete geeks with absolutely no scientific credibility. Why a UFO organization would want to be associated with such a portrayal is beyond me. Walton is said to be rewriting his book, THE WALTON EXPERIENCE, to be released with the movie title. A much more interesting book about the case is Bill Barry's ULTIMATE ENCOUNTER (Pocket Books, 1978), which gives more background and includes skeptics' comments. I doubt if that book will become available again. In summary, FIRE IN THE SKY is a misfire. Although the investigation process is fairly well detailed and the dynamics of the characters is acceptably portrayed, the movie skews badly after Walton is found, degenerating into a slimy horror flick with no resemblance to the original account, however truthful it was in the first place. Skeptics don't really need to bother with the movie. It should be forgotten soon. -- Chris Rutkowski - rutkows@ccu.umanitoba.ca Royal Astronomical Society of Canada University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, Canada

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