Terror in the Skies
Seth Breedlove, Adrienne Breedlove, Michael Tramel (executive), Theresa Tramel (executive), Morgan Hazel (executive), Nick Groff (executive), Elizabeth Saint (executive), Vicki Lynch (executive), Tim Scott Lancaster (executive), Elvin Altman (executive), Diane Altman (executive), Forest Hazel (executive), David Bakara (executive), Deborah E. Arndell (executive) for Small Town Monster
directed by Seth Breedlove
starring Troy Taylor, Loren Coleman, Ken Gerhard, Tobias Wayland, Jeff Beyers, Kyle Danhausen, Allison Jornlin, Chad Lewis, Kevin Nelson, narration by Lyle Blackburn
written by Seth Breedlove, Mark Matzke, music by Brandon Dalo
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The US heartland, namely Illinois, has for some reason been the source
of many sightings of large flying creatures, from the "Chicago
Mothman" in recent years, to the sightings of big, maybe
animal-snatching birds in Lawndale in the 1970, back to the "Piasa
Bird" of Alton, based on Native American mythology but brought to
prominence in the 1830s. What all these sightings have in common is that
there's no actual proof for any of them, giving all the more way for
speculation, so cryptozoologists have come up with all sorts of
explanations, from geographically misplaced Andean condors to pterodactyls
having outlived their time, to actual mythical monsters ...
to make a level-headed documentary about crypto-zoologist phenomena is
pretty difficult, as the lack of solid evidence usually throws a spanner
into the works - but Terror in the Skies really does a very good
job, by simply putting its focus not on giving answers but presenting the
evidence, and then going into vastly different directions to find possible
explanations, without favouring one over the other. Why this works then is
because it allows each audience member to come to their own conclusions,
making them decide which speculations they choose to agree with or if they
even want to believe. But whatever each viewer decides to come up with,
the film delivers a solid backbone by presenting the facts as tangible or
untangible as they might be, rather free of interpretations. And sequences
that go into the fields of narrative and atmospheric cinema add meat to
the bones rather than push the film into one direction or the other.
to say, if you're not a believer the film won't make you one - but it's
really good at presenting a bunch of urban legends (in lack of a better
term) in a very informative yet entertaining way.