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Famous alien abduction story being made into a movie

The story of Betty and Barney Hill, the first couple to report being allegedly abducted by aliens that received media attention, is going to be made into a movie. The movie will be based on a book about the incident written by Betty Hill’s niece, called “Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction.”

Betty and Barney Hill holding a newspaper featuring a story about their abduction experience.
Betty and Barney Hill holding a newspaper featuring a story about their abduction experience.

The Hills reported their encounter in 1961. They claimed seeing strange lights and an object that followed them. At one point, they turned a corner and the craft was almost directly in their path. They described it as “a huge flattened circular disc with a row of intense blue-white lighted windows along its forward edge.”

Barney pulled over and grabbed a pair of binoculars for a closer look. He says he saw creatures inside he described as “strangely not human.” The craft then tilted toward him and began to move closer. He says he then received a frightening message from one of the occupants of the craft.

Terrified that they were coming to get him, Barney raced back to the car and told Betty they needed to leave or else they were going to be captured.

Unfortunately, it seems they did not leave in time. They reported experiencing a period of missing time. Researchers used hypnotic regression to discover more about what might have happened during the missing time and the Hills, separately, told similar stories of being examined by strange creatures.

Betty’s niece, Kathleen Marden, has spent a lifetime investigating the alien abduction phenomenon. In the summer of 2007, she published ‘Captured,” co-written with Nuclear Physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Freedman.

Kathllen Marden with her two books: Captured! and Science was Wrong. (image credit: Alejandro Rojas)
Kathllen Marden with her two books: Captured! and Science was Wrong. (Credit: Alejandro Rojas)

The movie’s announcement has made headlines in the entertainment world. It will be produced by Gotham/Principal, the producers of “Maze Runner,” and Stellar Productions. Stellar is ran by Bryce and Jackie Zabel.

Bryce’s previous UFO and alien inspired work has included the NBC TV series, “Dark Skies,” which was based on common UFO mythology, such as the Men in Black and Majestic 12. He was also the co-author of the book “A.D. After Disclosure: When the Government Finally Reveals the Truth About Alien Contact.” The book was co-written with UFO researcher and historian Richard Dolan. It speculates on the aftermath of the government admitting to decades of covering up UFO and alien events.

Bryce Zabel (Credit: Bryce Zabel/LinkedIn)
Bryce Zabel (Credit: Bryce Zabel/LinkedIn)

According to Variety, Jackie says the Hills are unique in a number of aspects.

Stellar CEO Jackie Zabel said the Hills were unique in a number of aspects.

“They were an interracial couple in a country that still had segregation laws, and they lived in a city that was next door to a bomber base bristling with nuclear weapons,” she noted. “What they knew and why they were targeted will make for a phenomenal film.”

Variety wrote: “Producers plan to make the film in a context of both Cold War paranoia and the country’s struggle over race relations.”

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. “Cold War paranoia and the country’s struggle over race relations” did not have a damn thing to do with the Hill’s abduction by intelligent beings from unknown origins. Nowhere did the Hills state anything about the aliens showing an interest in anyone’s race. Flying Saucers probably have never landed on the White House lawn simply because our social system is of no concern to them.

    I predict another Hollyweird dorking-up of the serious study of UFO-related phenomena, with about 2% UFO and 98% social blather.

  2. Seeing’s how “Hollywierd” really wrecked up UFO films, “Fire In The Sky” and “Communication” ( the book itself was way better than the film ), I share Billy’s concerns.

    “Hollywierd” should respect the fact that Political Correctness and/or the “new normal” NEVER existed in 1961—and I pray “Captured” doesn’t get avant garde fuzzy lost in “dramatic licenses” or dwell in cheap horror scare movie production.

    Hollywood is entrusted to taking the “recorded memories” of the Hills—and allowing us to enter their minds and bodies–as we become abductees through their eyes, thoughts and feelings regarding their experience.

    Really hoping Hollywood–not “Hollywierd” take “Captured” and make it into a grand slam home run hit.

  3. In the context of the times, he is correct – not about the abduction itself, or the information they were given. The problem, at the time, was getting a public frightened by infiltration of Communists by any means, and of how many people would listen to the couple’s testimony, and translate it through the filter of hatred and suspicion of an inter-racial couple – already suspicious through the race-phobic minds of many, who believed their agenda was propagating mixed marriage.
    I think it may be difficult for anyone who didn’t live through this time period in our history, to understand the profound hatred of “mixed marriage,” and the people of both races engaging in it, and to have such a couple, in the middle of this period, claim to have been abducted together? The response was disbelief, based on their marriage, hatred of it, and based on their relationship, and the desire to discredit such a couple and destroy their story because it brought attention to the unpopular fact (in many areas) that white women WERE attracted to black men, and vice-versa.
    For these reasons, he is correct.
    This story MUST be (if it is to be accurate) told from within this framework – otherwise, it loses much of its power and authenticity). This should be obvious, but apparently isn’t, to many people. The abduction cannot be taken simply in the context of ‘any other abduction’ – but also of the difficulty of helping a public racially divided to be convinced of its authenticity, and having to break through the paranoia of Russian manipulation and the racial filter of the time, which made anything coming from a bi-racial couple suspect – and readily dismissed as the ravings of people from different ethnic backgrounds as attention-seeking and suspect.
    The Hills themselves were well aware of the hatred, the distrust, and the skepticism of the public, and that their bi-racial marriage would NOT help their case for the reality of the event.
    Go back, and read some of the vicious attacks on them by the huge number of racists (in the North and the South), because of their marriage to one another.
    If the story is to ring true, it must also contain these historical elements – it wasn’t just an abduction: it was an abduction of a professional black man (suspicious and hated at the time, by many who felt that no “Negro” should be a professional anything, and a Caucasian woman who stood by him, and loved him).

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