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Phoenix Forgotten

  • 2017
  • PG-13
  • 80min
  • 44%
  • 5.2 / 10

On March 13, 1997, Josh Bishop (played by Luke Spencer Roberts) disappeared while filming the Phoenix Lights incident, which was a series of lights that appeared over skies in several southwestern states, including Arizona and Nevada. 20 years later, Sophie (played by Florence Hartigan), who had her sixth birthday during the incident, visits her parents with her boyfriend Dan. The pair attempt to figure out what happened to Josh by revisiting the mystery and reviewing the videotapes that he recorded. The tapes depict Josh and his two friends, Ashley (played by Chelsea Lopez) and Mark (played by Justin Matthews), investigating the mystery by way of interviews and their own detective work.

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The film is based on the real-life events that happened on the same day the film is set. As of 2019, the cause of the lights is still not known for sure, but similar lights were seen in 2007 and 2008. Those lights were attributed to flares from both the military at nearby Luke Air Force Base as well as those dropped from helium balloons that were released by a civilian. One of the two is likely responsible for the 1997 lights, but nobody still knows for sure what happened on that date.

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Phoenix Forgotten is a 2017 science-fiction horror film written by Justin Barber and T.S. Nowlin. This is also Barber’s debut behind the lens as a director. The film stars Florence Hartigan, Luke Spencer Roberts, Chelsea Lopez, and Justin Matthews. It was released to mixed reviews on April 21, 2017. It currently holds a 44% approval rating on the film aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic has assigned it a score of 33 out of 100. Many critics have compared it unfavorably to The Blair Witch Project as both films are of the found footage subgenre of horror.

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