Rolf de Heer

“Incident at Raven’s Gate” was re-titled “Encounter at Raven’s Gate” presumably because international audiences could more readily glean its extraterrestrial content if it shared a three syllable word with Spielberg’s seminal alien visitation flick “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. Whether or not this was a marketing decision the two films do have enough in common to make the title similarity work both as a thematic reference as well as an homage.