The Fourth Kind is an upcoming science fiction/thriller/horror film directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi starring Mila Jovovich, Will Patton and Elias Koteas. The film is supposedly a documentary reenactment set in Nome, Alaska, dealing with alien abductions. The title was derived from J. Allen Hynek's classification of close encounters with aliens, in which the fourth kind represents an alien abduction. Milla Jovovich plays Dr. Abigail Tyler, the Nome, Alaska, psychiatrist who stumbles upon the 'alien abduction' link between her patients, during clinical hypnotherapy sessions. However, there has been some speculation as to whether or not the "fact" is really nothing but fiction.
At the beginning of the movie trailer, it states "Based on actual case studies". But which case studies? The truth is the FBI did investigate the mysterious deaths and disappearances of twenty-four people in Nome, Alaska. The investigation took place between the 1960s and 2004. In 2006, they concluded that "excessive alcohol consumption and harsh winter climate" were the cause. However, they did consider the possibility of a local serial killer. The Fourth Kind uses the theory that the missing persons cases were the result of alien abductions. Alaska has had its share of UFO sightings and the official movie website shares a few links. Could there be some truth to this theory afterall?
If you Google "Dr. Abigail Tyler, Nome Alaska", a website called "Alaska Psychiatry Journal" provides her biography along with "related articles" on sleep disorders, emotional issues, hypnotherapy and regression therapy. However, there is no homepage or contact information. The website was registered on GoDaddy in August 2009. I attempted to go to the site and all I found was "404 Not Found".
It's entirely possible Dr. Abigail Tyler is or based on an actual person. But it seems to me its more of a marketing ploy. The "Based on a true story but actually we made it up to get you to see our movie" thing is getting a little old. Find the real true stories, make scary movies out of it and then sucker me in. Is that too much to ask?