“The Fourth Kind,” is a reference to scientist J. Allen Hynek’s famous categories involving the sightings of UFOs. 1n 1972, he established a scale of measurement for identifying the type of alien encounter experienced. Close Encounters of the Third Kind also referred to this scale. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind.
Since the 1960s, Alaska has had a disproportionate number of the population reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which are investigated throughout the film.