Okay. Let’s make this one fast.

Three treasureseekers, armed with their trusty state-of-the-art metal detectors, trespass onto private land under cover of darkness to search for a buried horde of Saxon gold. Two of the treasure hunters – Gus and Sally – are in a relationship, and the third – Jake – who they’ve brought along to film the whole thing, is more-than-obviously a bit jealous about it and keeps dropping snarky comments at every opportunity. The trio haven’t even reached their destination before the arguments begin, and what should have been a quick foray into the woods turns inexplicably into several months (actually about a day and a half, but several months is what it felt like to watch) of losing their way in the trees, seeing strange lights that might be UFOs or could be experimental aircraft, jumping and screaming at the sound of twigs snapping, and regularly losing sight of each other and running around in circles randomly screaming names.

Eventually they realise they have stumbled onto Ministry of Defence land, more precisely the location where the infamous ‘Rendlesham UFO incident’ took place more than thirty years ago, and when they wander onto a seemingly deserted army base and decide to snoop around, they find deadly proof that aliens are among us and, after killing us, like to turn our cadavers into grisly human porcupines. There’s a not-terribly-done but very brief finale involving a bunch of spaceships performing an extraterrestrial school play equivalent of that scene in ‘Close Encounters’ when all the spacecraft talk to each other, and without giving the very obvious end away we eventually discover what we’ve been suffering through is another found footage catastrophe.

If you believe the ‘Rendlesham Incident’ which this film is loosely inspired by did actually happen, you might find the premise nightmarishly plausible – who doesn’t like a decent aliens-are-among-us story, especially one that gives a big nod to a UFO event that allegedly really took place? – and it’s also good to see that Roswell isn’t the only the game in town where hidden alien facilities are concerned, and that ET’s also like to hide out in Britain from time-to-time but – like 99% of all found footage movies – there isn’t a decent or even coherent story to be found anywhere in this mess. And who would believe that three people even as gormless and annoying as these could get lost in the woods for close on two solid days (this is England people, not the Australian Outback) bickering at each other and then shrieking at shadows like ‘The Blair Witch Project’ never happened. And, yes, ‘The Rendlesham UFO Incident / Hangar 10’ steals borrows so extensively from ‘Blair Witch’ it makes me wonder how far you can rip off another more famous film before someone yells ‘plagiarism’ – if you substitute mysterious dancing lights for ‘Blair Witch’s’ sinister little totems made of sticks and a ghostly airforce base for the abandoned house where the ‘Blair Witch’ lives, you’re pretty much watching the same film sans any of the ‘Blair Witch’ style, flair and imagination (and this is coming from someone who hated ‘Blair Witch’ when he first saw it at the theatre.)

Let’s pray this isn’t the truth that’s really out there or, if it is, that some creatively derelict filmmaker doesn’t push more of this found footage crud on us to prove it… in fact, if you go down to these woods today take a better film than this to watch or you’ll be praying the aliens get you.

DVD Review: The Rendlesham UFO Incident (Hangar 10)
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About The Author

Ian White is an author, screenwriter and journalist. His book ‘Witchcraft and Black Magic in British Cult Cinema’ was recently published by Hemlock and he is a regular contributor to ‘Paranormal Underground’ and ‘Starburst’ magazines. He’s currently writing a new book and screenplay and his embarrassingly out-of-date website can be found at http://ianwhitelondon.wix.com/ian-white