Remember when many Phoenicians saw UFOs? Even former Governor Fife Symington eventually fessed up to seeing the giant, V-shaped formation of lights cruising slowly through the sky
The so-called "Phoenix lights, appeared suddenly on the night of March 3, 1997, and just as suddenly disappeared.
Now, nearly 10 years later, we finally know what they were: Angels. Or aliens. Take your pick.
At least that's what director Daniel Pace wants us to think. His sci-fi mystery thriller, The Appearance of a Man, explores what -- or who -- the strange lights that suddenly appeared on the night of March 3, 1997, actually were.
Pace, who also wrote the movie, based the script on interviews from witnesses of the event.
"The people I was talking to, the people who witnessed the lights, it had an impact on these people," Pace said articulately to KTAR.com. "It was almost transformational in some ways, it was almost like, `Wow, what is this thing? It's so enormous. It doesn't resemble anything that I ever saw in my life.'"
Too bad it looks like the movie pretty much sucks. The Arizona Republic says the film "is even worse than it sounds because, although it's very, very bad, it's not bad in a fun-to-make-fun-of way that would let you improvise your own version of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Those willing to brave the bad reviews can check out the film at a Harkins Theater.
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