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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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Everything in this story is a lie...trust us. See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, Aaron and Jim record a black SUV that they believe is following them. This black SUV appeared much earlier, possibly shadowing the characters, in the scene where Aaron tells the camera man to record the cyclist on the street. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the Chance Investment corporation is listed in the Thanks. See more »

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Edited from Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963) See more »

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My Review Of "The Conspiracy"
19 August 2013 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

"The Conspiracy" is a fictional documentary that plays out like a found- footage soliloquy. The film comes from Christopher McBride who wrote and directed. It stars Aaron Poole, James Gilbert, Ian Anderson, Peter Apostolopoulos and is quite frankly the most brilliant found-footage styled film to come out in a long while. The story follows two friends as they document their attempts to document a conspiracy theorist. Soon they become a deeper part of the documentary than they intended as things begin to get a little more real than they previously believed. Soon an ancient plot to control and dictate world societies by a super secret society is revealed.

The story in "The Conspiracy" was a pretty captivating conspiracy theory that flowed logically and seamlessly. The use of actual known prevailing conspiracies, that run rampant on the net along with one of the darkest known cults of human history, amped up the commanding plot. The style in which "The Conspiracy" was shot played out like a true documentary with softer moments of commentary and reflections from the characters, this created a more emotional connectivity for me that sometimes is lost in found footage films and actual documentaries. The fact that this film plays out as a believable documentary with a convincing conspiracy theory, and does so with very little flaw, is a testament to what can be achieved with the subgenre if care and consideration is taken into account. I honestly believe the conspiracy exposed within this film-even though I know it is a fictional film-it hit all my conspiracy theory nightmare sweet spots!

The drama and suspense is the man drive that moves this film forward, relying totally on the acting and camera tricks to create the intense melodrama from start to finish. It works great in "The Conspiracy". The dialog flowed effortlessly and came off genuine. It didn't feel really forced or over scripted. The main star is the actual conspiracy itself. It is a major player in the real world online conversations and framed by one of the most interesting and aloof cults that ever existed. The Mithraic cult of ancient Rome. You can (not that I have entertained such notions-yet) literally red-line the connection between events, religious backgrounds of people of power, Mithra origin story and cult beliefs to the point of paranoia. It was done in the film with eerie, believable implementation. I left the film with just a bit more fear and paranoia about the world around me, even questioning the truth of conspiracies as well as the truth presented to me by educational tools offered in our society.

"The Conspiracy" is a true horror story but if gore and standard creep affair is your thing then this film may leave you feeling a bit empty. However if you are a fan of any type of horror, and enjoy being taken on a thrill ride through story-regardless of the amount of blood splatter or grue-then "The Conspiracy" will deliver 100%. The clever ways the film is shot using innovative camera tricks in ways that haven't yet been over indulged in the found footage subgenre add the chilling suspense. The film really does prove that there are still some pretty stellar stories left to be told and found footage is still a viable means to tell those stories.


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