Sharkbait Retro Village: The UFO Incident (1975)

Published March 8, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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I know something is out there. They have contacted me. Bill collectors, student loan officers…b-r-r-r, scary!

Similarly, in 1975 television film The UFO Incident, respected thespians Estelle Parsons and James Earl Jones dove into the story of Betty and Barney Hill, a couple who, also, was touched by the beyond. With the help of a kindly analyst (played with understated commitment by Barnard Hughes) the duo eventually recalls their kidnapping at the hands of some Roswell style aliens.

While the light bulb white space creatures almost add an air of comedy when revealed, director Richard A. Colla and writer Hesper Anderson nicely concentrate mainly on the emotional implications of the abduction. This allows Parsons and Jones to revel in their arsenal of acting skills. While Jones/Barney commiserates, deeply, about the physical torments (including a herpes like outbreak on the character’s genitals) endured, Parsons/Betty finally relates some moments of light hearted bantering with the otherworldly creatures.

ufo incidentBased on a real life situation, the piece’s most effective moment occurs, though, when Betty recalls the love and puzzled affection that she feels for Barney. Noting that she is not a pretty woman, she wonders at his devotion to her. Parsons fills her character with such honest questioning, here, that outsiders everywhere can relate to her plight and love her all the more for it.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan

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