The movie takes place during 1979 and a group of kids are making their very own zombie film for a film competition. Obviously, a bunch of kids in the 70s will most likely make a terrible movie, so they decide to take some footage at a train station so it's at least a little better and more realistic.
While at the train station, they end up catching the scene of all scenes: a massive track wreck caused by a pick-up truck that collides with the train, that almost ends up killing the kids. They go to investigate and our found by someone, who warns them if they ever discuss what they saw, their parents will be killed. Obviously, the freak out and run away just as the Air Force hits the scene. Oh snap.
After the train wreck, a lot of strange things start happening in town. All of the dogs run away, people go missing and people's electronics disappear. Two of the kids, Joe and Charles, start to investigate and hear a lot of sketchy-sounding military chatter. They also watch their film footage and notice a large, mysterious creature escaped from one of the train cars. Eventually, the townsfolk are forced to evacuate to the military base and while there, Joe learns that his lady friend is missing and maybe abducted by the alien creature. The white knight wants to go save his princess, so the hunt is on.
I've finally chosen a movie that isn't too obnoxious and is actually family friendly. I don't even think my wife would be too scared of this one. So before you start watching the old school throwback Halloween movies, this would be a good start.