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The Conspiracy (2012)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 8 August 2013 (USA)
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A documentary about conspiracy theories takes a horrific turn after the filmmakers uncover an ancient and dangerous secret society.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aaron Poole ... Aaron
James Gilbert ... Jim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Anderson Ian Anderson ... Himself
Peter Apostolopoulos ... Jim's Friend
Roger Beck Roger Beck ... Himself
Angela Besharah ... Dame
Bruce Clayton ... Mark Tucker
Laura de Carteret ... Nicole Higgins
Gavin Fox ... Guard
Ron Kennell Ron Kennell ... Ron
Alina Lee Alina Lee ... Landlady
Ian Matthews ... Harvey
Adam Murciano ... Bus Boy
Douglas Nyback ... Unmasked Man
Dennis O'Connor Dennis O'Connor ... Robert Williams
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A documentary about conspiracy theories takes a horrific turn after the filmmakers uncover an ancient and dangerous secret society.

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zavera See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Jim's reaction to being let out of the bag in the back of the pickup truck was genuine: Jim is claustrophobic. See more »

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Ron: The internet may be a threat to those in charge but it's also their greatest weapon. Every single thing you do on the internet is monitored: every e-mail you send, every website you visit, every picture you look at on your wife's Facebook - all of it. And George Orwell predicted that Big Brother would be watching us one day, but what he didn't predict is that we'd create Big Brother ourselves and then willingly give ourselves over to it.
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Edited from Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963) See more »

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A thought provoking and chilling film ◆≈≈8/10≈≈◆
9 August 2013 | by J. DavisSee all my reviews

This proved to be one of the most surprisingly effective thrillers I have seen in recent memory. At a glance we have an unknown first time writer/director in Christopher MacBride matched with a relatively small budget of just under $1.2 million. Maybe I'm wired a bit different than the average film addict, but when I come upon a new indie film like this my anticipation for the result is much greater than say your average Hollywood blockbuster. Finding greatness in the unknown is what drives me as a fan, while it doesn't always pan out, nothing beats when it does, as this film proves to.

The Conspiracy starts off at a somewhat slow pace as we are introduced to the main characters Jim (James Gilbert) and Aaron (Aaron Poole), two documentary filmmakers who are out to make a film not unlike many you may already be aware of. It's theme based on the age old conspiracy of a worldwide secret society of powerful, wealthy individuals behind such things as staging events to start wars such as WWI, Vietnam and 9/11 Iraq. They become interested not so much into the truth of such conspiracies, but in the people who so adamantly and wholeheartedly believe in them. They find Terrance (Alan C. Peterson) through an internet link, a man who is exactly one of those people. His house is covered in news articles connecting everything and anything that could possibly be evidence in his search for his desired truth. After Terrence goes missing and his landlord is disposing of his possessions, Jim and Aaron take Terrence's research from his apartment walls and begin their own quest to find truth within the mountain of information. After finding the existence of a secret group called Tarsus, they make contact with one of it's members Mark Tucker (Bruce Clayton) , who later gives them access and a chance at finding and filming one of their secret rituals.

The first half of "The Conspiracy" can appear deceptively mundane. Do not make the assumption that this is just another propaganda film filled with unconfirmed speculations. The last act is the real deal, it's as chilling as it gets. The score pulls you into the scenes as the true reality of the events is slowly revealed to each of the characters. Their mini spy cams give off a perspective from their eyes that really pays off. For a small budget indie film from a first time writer/director it was an extremely original, effective thriller which I would surely recommend. One thing I should note though, while listed as a thriller/horror film it stays mainly within the confines of a thriller, replacing needless gore instead with a very sinister atmosphere, which proves to be a worthwhile trade.


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