The Wicksboro Incident

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The Wicksboro Incident Review


The Bare Wench Project is still my favorite Blair Witch knockoff, but The Wicksboro Incident isn't a bad way to spend just a little more than an hour.

The mocumentary doesn't let on that it's a gag at the start. We begin with relatively dull talking head Ralph (Bobby Harwell), who claims to have invented some kind of mind-reading device which was turned into a high-frequency weapon and unleashed on Wicksboro, Texas some 40 years ago. And something about an alien takeover. Cover-up ensues, and everyone involved with the project dies. In fact, the whole town is no longer on the map, not even if you look at geographical data from the 1950s!

Other subjects like "former NASA employee" are kept in shadow with voice-changing technology used to mask their identity. This testimony along with grainy footage of shuttle launches and from personal Handicams is used to prove that Something Is Out There. But when Ralph takes his home-made "alpha detector" in front of the Pizzeria Uno to show us who is a human and who is an alien (it's about 50/50 based on the green and red lights on the device), the movie reveals its ridiculous undertones.

Eventually the filmmakers drive to Texas with Ralph in seach of Wicksboro and evidence of his tale. Ralph is stunned that the town is not actually there, convinced that "the guv'mint" must have bulldozed it out of existence. In the dead of night, the discover a buried fallout shelter, and within minutes the Men in Black have arrived, sending Ralph and the two filmmakers on the run for their lives.

Wicksboro boasts some impressively believable moments with circling helicopters and a mighty assassination, but there's so much shakycam-and-running-in-the-dark that the good bits are outweighed by the derivative ending and unbearable beginning. Not bad, but you really have seen this all before.



The Wicksboro Incident

Facts and Figures

Run time: 71 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 25th February 2003

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 5.5 / 10

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Starring: as Lloyd, as Mike, as Gary, David Arnold as FBI Agent

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