Almost 27 years ago In 1993, Fire in the Sky was a film released that told the real story of a real man by the name of Travis Walton, a man who was then 22 years old and claimed to have been abducted by a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s while on a logging job in 1975. The film didn’t perform well at the box office and didn’t make any impact in a year that dominated by blockbuster hits like Jurassic Park and The Nightmare Before Christmas, it does tell an emotionally moving story about the effects of trauma in relation to the unexplainable.
Fire in the Sky is remembered by most viewers for the disturbing scenes of Travis Walton’s operation in the hands of his abductors, who are a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s, but the film is more than that. Its a work of practical effects and character actors committed to their craft, this movie deserves to be seen by a new crop of fans eager for tales of U̳F̳O̳s and supposedly true stories of a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ abduction.
Allegedly The Film Is Based On The Real Life Experiences Of Travis Walton
It is much more than just another ‘90s sci-fi movie, there are plenty of those. Fire in the Sky is different in that it draws upon the real story of Travis Walton and his alleged a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ abduction. In 1975, Walton disappeared from Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, and his logging co-workers claimed that a silvery disc zapped him into the sky in a beam of light. How’s that for an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ abduction story? Your normie co-workers aren’t going to make something up out of thin air after you go missing.
After the abduction and returning to Arizona, Walton wrote a book entitled The Walton Experience to explain where he was during his five-day disappearance.
After claiming that he was abducted by a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s, he actually passed a polygraph test and has never changed his story.
The psychological effects of his abduction and the way it affected his friends and family make for an intense and dramatic film.
The Film Is Shown From The Perspective Of Walton’s Friends
There’s a moment during the abduction sequence when the movie goes from being a strange day in the life of some lumberjacks to a very real portrayal of what it’s like to lose a friend. Watch the trailer here:
Walton and his friends from work see a red light and wonder what it is, thinking it’s a crashed plane they drive in its direction. Instead, it’s a crashed ship. Walton gets out and decides on checking it out. Things take a turn south when the ship powers on.
In the scene Walton looks like he’s been hit by lightning and his friends call for him to come back to the truck will not move. It genuinely feels like what would happen if someone were abducted by a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s. Electrical equipment nearby is disabled.
The Sequences Where Walton Aboards The Ship Are Quite Disturbing
In one sequence in the film, Walton wakes to find himself encased in a gooey pod inside of a cavernous ship. He then falls from the pod to find himself suspended in something like zero gravity chamber before he crashes through another pod to find the decaying remains of another abducted person.