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''Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County'' is a made for TV horror movie which aired on {{UPN}} in 1998. It is based on a lower-budget predecessor known as ''The [=McPherson=] Tape'', filmed a decade before by the same director (and is sometimes the source of confusion as to which version people have seen).

The story focuses on Tommy, the 16-year-old son of the [=McPherson=] family, filming his family's UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay dinner on home video. When Tommy and his brothers set out to investigate a power outage, they come across a UFO and spot [[TheGreys aliens]] using a laser to dissect a cow. After the aliens [[OhCrap notice them]] and open fire, the [=McPherson=] family spends a harrowing night fending off an extraterrestrial home invasion.

Like ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' before it, ''Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County'' incited controversy, as the found footage style it was presented in caused many people to believe it depicted an actual alien abduction. The premise is similar to that of ''TheBlairWitchProject'', which it predated by a year, and the film is in general sinister and surprisingly frightening. Parallels can also be drawn to the famous Hopkinsville Goblin incident. The film can be watched in its entirety [[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2110145479236650834 here]]
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!!''Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County'' contains examples of:

* AgentScully: One of the Talking Heads - a filmmaker who dismisses the tape as a hoax.
* TheAlcoholic: Mom. She's at the stage where she's hiding vodka bottles from her sons.
* AlienAbduction: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Obviously]]
* AliensAreBastards: Played with. They instigated the conflict and often appear to be deliberately screwing around with the [=McPhersons=] at several points. [[spoiler: But one of the brothers rationalises that the Aliens invaded the house to assess a threat as they may have thought Tommy's camera was some sort of weapon - certainly the behaviour of the first 'intruder' seems to hint at this. After Kurt guns down said intruder, however, things become more threatening]].
* AliensMadeThemDoIt: Matthew makes out with his girlfriend's sister-in-law, both apparently under alien influence.
** One theory as to why Rose [[spoiler:unloads Tommy's shotgun and hides the shells when no one is looking.]]
* [[AliensStealCattle Aliens Mutilate Cattle]]
* AsYouKnow: Linda informs Kurt, Tommy, Rosie and grandma - and by extension, the audience - that the McPherson father is dead.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: The film's supposed authenticity is undermined by credits at the end for the actors who played "Alien #1, Alien #2", etc
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Averted. [[spoiler: He does possibly die, but not until late in the movie]]. However if one allows a GenderFlip [[the mixed race spoiler: Renee]] is the first to get hit by the aliens' laser. [[spoiler: She's the only character whose death is confirmed]].
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Linda (blonde), Mel and Renee (brunettes), Mom and Rosie (redheads). If one includes the boys then Kurt is the blond, Brian is the brunette and Tommy is a sandy blond filling in as the redhead.
* ButNotTooBlack: Seems to be an in-universe example. Kurt is annoyed at Mel bringing home a black boyfriend. But he doesn't show any ill-will towards his brother's girlfriend - who is black but much lighter skinned. Could add [[DoubleStandard another layer to his prejudices]].
* CreepyChild: Kurt's daughter, Rosie, who is [[DissonantSerenity disturbingly calm]] during the ordeal.
* DeathBySex: Following horror movie rules, [[spoiler: Renee]] is the only girl to show her (censored!) breasts on camera and is the first to be definitely killed off.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Subverted since it's only about ten minutes before something happens and then we see the characters develop along the incident.
* DisappearedDad: The McPherson father has died some time ago. [[spoiler: A literal example halfway through the film with Kurt]].
* ExecutiveMeddling: The director intended for the film to be treated as a work of fiction; the whole "THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED" angle was an executive mandate.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The aliens' appearences are typically foreshadowed by pixellation in the video, audio distortion or an eerie red glow.
* FromBadToWorse:[[spoiler: The behaviour of the creatures seems to suggest at first they are just analysing a threat - one of the brothers thinks that they thought Tommy's camera was maybe a weapon. He could be right - a single creature infiltrates the house, and corners Tommy in his room, putting him in some sort of trance, and it seems to pick up and look at Tommy's camera before it leaves the room. It's more than likely that the family would have been left unmolested - but then Kurt barricades said being in a bedroom, and shotguns it. '''Then things get really sinister.''']]
* TheGreys: The aliens featured in the film fit the description to the letter lithe, humanoid, pale skinned with black, soulless, almond-shaped eyes.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Aliens attack on Thanksgiving.
* ImmuneToBullets: Shockingly averted for a movie of this type. [[spoiler: Kurt guns down one of the aliens with his shotgun and apparently kills it. Later on however, the body is gone.]]
* InfantImmortality: Partial aversion. The little girl is among those missing but [[spoiler: it's hinted she may be in league with the aliens or at least possessed]].
* {{JitterCam}}
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The VHS release is long since out of print and this film has yet to see an official DVD release, though it can be watched in full online.
* LadyDrunk: The mother. It's a common source of fun for fans to point out that she's never seen without a glass of wine in her hands. The only time she actually puts it down is to sweep up some glass.
* TheLostLenore: The McPherson father for his wife. Late in the film she starts wondering if it's his ghost causing trouble in the house.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: The two alpha male figures [[spoiler: are abducted early on, quickly followed by Matthew]] leaving the rest of the family in fear.
* NoNameGiven: The McPherson mother, who is only credited as "Mom" and only addressed by her children and granddaughter. Though at one point Linda does say "Rosalie, let's sit down" so that's probably her name.
* NotSoDifferent: A couple of times it's hinted - through lines like "you're not a part of this family" - that Linda might have the same prejudices as her husband.
* NothingIsScarier: The aliens are rarely seen, and we're never given a clear look at them, because everytime they're shown, or near, the camera starts pixellating and distorting. The film prefers to have long, tense moments of silence and subtle implications over constant, in-your-face horror.
* TheOphelia: The mother certainly veers close to it towards the end, though all the wine she's had could be responsible.
* PapaWolf: Kurt towards his family.
* RandomEventsPlot: Lampshaded by one of the Talking Heads and used to vouch for the tape being real - that's there's no real plot other than "getting the hell out of the house".
* {{Recut}}: The TV version is only 45 minutes long, compared to the home video release. "[[{{Narm}} Creepy]]" music was added, scenes were re-arranged, some scenes at the beginning were trimmed, and there are additional TalkingHeads.
** Thankfully they only show the original version in the UK.
* RuleOfScary
* ScreamingWoman: Linda towards the end.
* ThanksgivingDayStory
* UncannyValley: Invoked by the apppearence of the aliens.
** Sometimes it seems that the little girl's eyes are bigger than they should be, possibly hinting that she is not what at all what she seems.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Black Matthew is dating white Mel.
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