YMMV: Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County

  • Adaptation Displacement: Incident in Lake County is a remake of The McPherson Tape, an indie horror film by the same director which saw a limited release in 1989.
    • The 1989 original is actually far more chilling, and frankly starkly realistic, than the remake, even excluding the bad TV Cut. The crudity of the camcorder footage is only too believable for going on 25 years ago.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:Strange beings that distort the camera? Why does that sound familiar?
  • Older Than They Think: This film pre-dates both The Blair Witch Project and M. Night Shyamalan's Signs. It isn't the originator of the 'found footage' genre though - that belongs to Cannibal Holocaust.
  • Special Effects Failure: The "static" effect in the TV Cut, which, at one point, doesn't even cover up the timer.
  • Viewers Are Morons: The TV Cut completely wrecks the film, with narmy music that seems to exist for no other reason than to tell the audience "it's time to be scared now!", as opposed to the long stretches of silence in the original, which added suspense and a stark reality to the situation. There are also more Talking Heads in the TV Cut, which are there to explain to the audience what they just saw.
    • The film is regularly repeated in the UK, particularly on Sky Movies Horror - there's talking heads, but thankfully no narmy music. The last scene is particularly terrifying because there is no music, one can only imagine how it would be ruined by a soundtrack.