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Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County
Also Known as: The McPherson Tape
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Aired: January 20, 1998
Filed Under: First Person
Science Fiction
Network: UPN
Length: 93 Minutes
Director(s): Dean Alioto
Writer(s): Paul Chitlik
Story By: Dean Alioto
Executive Producer(s): Dick Clark
Neil Stearns
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Starring: Benz Antoine as Matthew McPherson
Kristian Ayre as Tommy McPherson
Gillian Barber as Roselyn McPherson
Michael Buie as Brian McPherson
Emmanuelle Chriqui as Renee Laurent
Marya Delver as Melanie
Katlyn Ducharme as Rosie McPherson
Ingrid Kavelaars as Linda McPherson
Aaron Pearl as Kurt McPherson
Bart Anderson as Professor Green
Jim Smith as Sheriff Tilson
Forbes Riley as TV Reporter
Anthony Beninati as Fredrick Pearl
Amanda Harvey as Jeane Sutton
Douglas Jackson as Al James
Rick Cramer as Dennis Logan
Jill Murray as Janet Logan
David Kaufman as Tommy McPherson's Voice
Andy Geller as Narrator
Shari Khademi as Alien #1
Myles Wolf as Alien #2
Dean Alioto as Damian Hawkins
Gary Hetherington as Colonel Hampton
Gareth Moses as Julian Bond
Suzanne Ristic as Aileen Burchess
Oliver Tan as Jason Arnett
Myles Wolf as Alien #2
Janine Sikora as Alien #4
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In the fall of 1997, a sixteen-year-old boy set out to document his family's Thanksgiving dinner. What he purportedly captured on his video camera was more than just a family get together. The following footage, if real, could be the most important evidence ever, supporting the possibility that we are not alone in the universe. This footage contains explicit and frightening images. Now for the first time ever, watch the complete and unedited tape and decide for yourself. Alien Abduction: Did it Happen?
    -Opening Narration | Submitted By: TheCabinet
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UPN decided to run Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County without the traditional, so-called "bumper tags," which were to run at the end of the commercial break and alert the viewers that the footage was entirely fictional. Without the standard taglines, several people were duped into believing the footage was real, which resulted in a backlash when the truth came out. Similarly, the UFO community was also very upset with the network over presenting the faux footage as somewhat genuine. A nation-wide boycott of UPN was started, but the effectiveness of that boycott is not known.

Source: Writer/director Dean Alioto| Submitted By: TheCabinet

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Wikipedia's page for the faux/first-person horror TV-Movie, Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County, which aired on the UPN network in 1998. | Submitted By: TheCabinet
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