THE FOURTH KIND by Farah Yurdözü
A short time ago I tried to contact Olatunde Osunsanmi to interview him for UFO Magazine. When I Googled his name, only a few pages came up, and there was very little information about him.. No email address, no website, no phone numbers. There were no personal pictures of Mr.Osunsanmi except the official poster of his movie “The Fourth Kind”. He is the director and the writer of “The Fourth Kind” in which he brings a completely different interpretation to the alien abduction and close encounter phenomena.
“The Fourth Kind” was in theathers in November, 2009. The movie was successful in ticket sales, but I don’t think that it became a sensational hit for many reasons that I’ll discuss below. It was considered as a horror movie that I totally disagree. But it is clear that Olatunde knew very well what he was doing, as opposed to the general tendency in Hollywood, in which movies about UFOs and aliens take the subject or too superficially or too violently. The Fourth Kind takes us to the very deep and unknown fields of the alien abduction phenomenon. And yes, some of the aspects could be really disturbing and scary for some eyes. But with increasing information about the alien abductions and testimonies, we already know that being abducted or contacted by “them” doesn’t offer a rose garden most of the times.
According to press releases, the writer was inspired by the unexplained dissapearances and deaths in Nome, Alaska to create this story. Although alien abduction phenomenon is being discussed all over the internet, some locations like Nome are not very well known in the abduction literature. Maybe that’s why these locations are preferred by the abductors as being located far from everything.
Olatunde used the known symbolic elements of the alien abduction such as owls in his movie. Many abductees claim that they see or visited by an owl at the beginning of the contact. The symbol of the owl is mostly used as a screen memory or cover by the visitors. That’s not new for a regular UFO / ET follower. But later the filmmaker takes us to a totally new field where visitors directly contact the humans using abductees’ vocal cords, voice and physical body. The scene where the abductee Scott is under hypnosis turns out to be a demonic exorcism session. In general, alien abduction and demonic possession have so many common aspects. And Olatunde brings out this aspect in a striking movie scene.
Olatunde’s aliens are not little, tiny, quiet, mechanical Grays. He talks about 6 1/2 foot tall, skinny beings. They have beige colored skin, gigantic heads and huge black eyes. And Olatunde makes them speak in an ancient language which happens to be Sumerian. He links the ancient Sumerian gods to present day’s alien visitors. He includes Owolowa Odusami, a Nigerian scholar as an expert in Sumerian language and ancient gods theory. We are very familiar with the Sumerian Gods theory and the Extra Terrestrial race of Anunnaki. Historical, mythological and linguistical research show that what Sumerians used to call Gods and Goddesses were a group of scientists who came to our planet with a very clear agenda: to create a hybrid race.
When these beings speak using abductee Scott’s voice with a highly distorted tone, they make sure that they are conscious beings who know a lot about Dr.Abigail Tyler and the others who are involved in the case. What we see in the scene is very similar to what real abductees describe during their experiences; a very intense and strong energy which controls the abductee’s body, causing temporary paralysis and the sensation of being lifted from the bed. When Scott is lifted from his bed, Dr.Tyler and other witnesses start to pray. The alien visitor says: “There is no need to pray,” as if trying to make clear that whatever your religion is, whatever your holy book teaches you, the alien power is beyond anything and cannot stopped by praying.
He keeps speaking more in ancient Sumerian:
E.NE.NE...... Me. NA.AM....ME. EN. DE. EN KI. ULUTIM ( Our creation )
IGI KAR... A E.. SA ( Examine )
ZIG.. KAE.. SUG.ZAG GU ( ruin , destroy )
“Our creation. Examine. Ruin, destroy”. If the translation is correct, what do we understand from this message? Do they try to say that they created the human race and later destroyed them? Or that they will destroy them? Maybe we have to take a look at Genesis 6: “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”
Channeling Extra Terrestrial beings has been a way to approach to unknown since 1920s. Many psychics and mediums from the spiritual research field claimed that they channeled ETs and received information from them. During a channeling, the visiting ET or entity totally controls the psychic’s physical body and mind. It speaks from his/ her mouth but uses a different voice and most of the times speaks in a very deep tone. When the famous occultist Aleister Crowley contacted his spiritual guide Aiwass, mentioned Sirius star system as the entity’s origin. Another Extra Terrestrial? After Crowley, numerous psychics and mediums spent long hours channeling and receiving instructions from supposed Extra Terrestrial intelligences. The same phenomenon was documented even in the Bible when Saint Paul had to deal with demonic possessions in ancient Ephesus located in today’s Turkey. Before the Christian period Ephesus was the center of occult practices and channeling was one of them. More than channeling what was called demonic possession was almost common in those days. Here is a passage from the Bible:
“But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, “I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. And the evil spirit answered and said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”
And these are the words of an intelligent being who can easily control human mind and body and contact them in a face to face communication:
“I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?”
Even today it is very difficult to see the differences between the alien abduction, demonic possession or ghost hauntings as three of them have many similar characteristics. These activities generally start around 3:00 in the morning. The experiencer cannot control his / her physical body during the experience. The room temperature changes and generally drops. Both after an alien abduction and a demonic attack / possession, the experiencer finds unexplained physical marks on the skin and starts to suffer from depression, insomnia and as we see in some cases they also suffer from serious health problems. That’s why the scene with abductee Scott in the movie is considered as a possible demonic attack causing the movie to be labeled as a “horror movie”.
There is another real fact about the movie: the writer/ director Olatunde Osunsanmi obviously did intense research to write the story and it seems that he knows more than he shows. He is very close to the truth. Although the truth may be darker than we expect. He didn’t make a regular UFO/ Alien movie with non-stop special effects, explosions in every scene, running and chasing and a happy ending when the good heroes get rid of the bad aliens. If the aliens in our abduction stories are “bad,” we don’t really know it, but in the real life of an abductee there are no happy endings. The truth of the abductions is completely different than a regular movie goer expects from a popular ET/ UFO movie. No explosions, no car chases, no violence, and no big sensational hit. But believe me “The Fourth Kind” hit me very deeply, as I saw a completely objective reflection of the life of an abductee.
Meanwhile I still try to contact Olatunde to have a real interview with him. The main question is: “How much more does he know?”