Director: Dallas Morgan
Cast: Boo Arnold, Tahlia Morgan, Rawn Erickson II
Production Company: BrighterMoon Productions
Runtime: 88 minutes
Are aliens from outer space secretly watching our every move? Do legendary monsters really walk the earth? For the answers to these and many other pressing questions, you may want to check out Dallas Morgan’s Sightings (2017).
In the movie, Tom Mayfield (Boo Arnold) is a paranormal skeptic that finds three dead bodies on his ranch. His investigation is aided by a conspiracy theorist, a surveillance expert, and a cryptozoologist. Are they dealing with a mythical creature, space aliens, or something even worse?
Sightings feels like a 1950s science fiction film. Sure, it has modern sensibilities and settings, but it also has the pacing and wonder inherent in movies from that era. It’s a creature feature and an alien invader flick neatly blended into one watchable movie.
The opening theme is brief, but has a recognizable touch of 1950s UFO hysteria to it. The score was performed by the Prague Studio Orchestra and conducted by Vladimir Martinka. The music was very effective in setting the mood of the film.
The film also has a bit of an obsession with Alfred Hitchcock. We hear his voice at one point, and his image appears briefly on television. Morgan clearly wishes to roll out his mystery in a way that shows respect for the Master of Suspense.
Sightings reminds me of a film by another Hitchcock enthusiast, M. Night Shyamalan. Signs (2004) has a similar story about a family on a farm plagued by the paranormal. Both films are entertaining thrillers, and fans of one should definitely check out the other.
I enjoyed seeing Dante Basco in the role of Akiro Nagi. He’s probably best known for playing Rufio in Steven Spielberg’s Hook (1991). The film’s cast also includes Stephanie Drapeau from Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009), and Kevin Sizemore from Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462.
There’s something positive and uplifting about this film. It’s focus isn’t just on mystery and fear, but on the strength of the human spirit too. If you like your science fiction to have a conspiracy theory edge like The X-Files, then be sure to see Sightings…
– John Migliore
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