On the Trail of UFOs: Night Visitors is Seth Breedlove’s latest follow-up to his web series On the Trail of UFOs and the feature On the Trail of UFOs: Dark Sky. This time the focus is on events in Colorado, especially those tied to reports of animal mutilations with an emphasis on occurrences at the Miller Ranch.
It’s a much darker topic than Breedlove and host Shannon Legro previously dealt with and goes further down the rabbit hole as well. Granted the films from Small Town Monsters have been slowly edging towards, and into that hole for a while now. There’s been a noticeable shift away from the claims that UFOs are extraterrestrial in origin and towards the idea that they may be paranormal or interdimensional instead.
After a brief voiceover introduction by Legro that notes the fact that Colorado, like West Virginia, the focus of the previous film, has lots of abandoned mines On the Trail of UFOs: Night Visitors begins to delve into stories of strange things in the sky and incidents of “high strangeness” in The Centennial State. These include the aforementioned mutilations as well human abductions including alleged human/alien breeding programs.
If all of this sounds a bit far-fetched to you, you’re not the only one. On the Trail of UFOs: Night Visitors admits these are the kinds of incidents that make people, even many of those who believe in UFOs, roll their eyes. Even when I was younger and deeply into the subject I loved reading these accounts because of their horror-like elements, but I found them hard to accept.
Why would an advanced race need to carve up cows and sheep rather than do some simple testing? Why would they leave the carcasses lying around to be found? And if for some reason you need a hybrid race why bother physically breeding it when some gene splicing would be a lot more efficient? To offset this and give the film a more reasonable base to operate from, On the Trail of UFOs: Night Visitors incorporates a lot of interview footage with the director of the Colorado Mutual UFO Network Katie Griboski, and author Richard Estep.
Most of the other interviews are with Judy Messoline who owns a “UFO Watchtower” and roadside attraction as well as rancher Tim Miller and some of his family. I got quite a bit of amusement comparing their versions with the less sensational versions related by Griboski and Estep. It shows the strong contrast between those researching the topic and those trying to cash in on it.
And cashing in is what it really felt like the Millers were trying to do. There was just something about them that didn’t feel credible to me and left me with the impression they were trying to build their ranch into something like Utah’s Skinwalker Ranch which they mention more than once.
As with any film like this, just how credible any of the interviewees are and who if anyone you believe will depend on your own attitudes and beliefs. On the Trail of UFOs: Night Visitors doesn’t claim to offer any shocking truths or breakthroughs, just some people telling some stories about what they claimed to see. And the lack of compelling witnesses means that despite what should have been fun and creepy material this is one of the weaker releases from the Small Town Monsters crew.
On the Trail of UFOs: Night Visitors will debut on Digital and VOD platforms on April 5th via 1091 Pictures. You can check the Small Town Monsters website for more information on this and their other productions. If you’re in the mood for more documentaries FilmTagger can suggest a few.