The Phoenix Incident

By Koushik Paul



This movie is very refreshing in the way it uses a true event as its basis for the fictional parts. There are moments when you can’t tell if what you’re seeing is a real clip they got during their investigation, or a staged video that they brought down to 1997-era quality. The pacing of certain scenes really adds to the tension of the scarier scenes. Overall, I think the pacing in general is a bit off as the movie is trying to juggle a lot, but it does handle the human moments as well as the horror shots very well, giving you a spine-tingling sensation at time. I recommend seeing this movie on digital for all the extras, they really do help with the immersion.



INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS. THE PHOENIX INCIDENT is based on the largest UFO sighting in North America known as the Phoenix Lights. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, the fact based, sci-fi thriller revolves around the military conspiracy and controversial missing person’s case surrounding the infamous 1997 event. With the support of the victims’ families, along with classified military documentation, cockpit recordings, Air Force pilot interviews, actual FLIR footage, and first-hand recovered video evidence, The Phoenix Incident exposes the military’s engagement with extraterrestrial contact, and the collateral damage of 4 civilians.






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Carl Cottingham

Carl Cottingham is a senior at New York University majoring in Cinema Studies with a minor in film production. In his freshman year, he joined the Motion Picture Club. He can be followed on Twitter at @crc1939.


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