UNDISCOVERED GEMS – THE CONSPIRACY (2012)

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Starring: Aaron Poole, James Gilbert, Bruce Clayton, Alan C. Peterson

Directed by: Christopher MacBride

Synopsis: A documentary about conspiracy theories takes a horrific turn after the film makers uncover an ancient and dangerous secret society.

I recently read a review of this by a fellow blogger (I’ve forgotten which one, I apologise) which gave it a rave review. It sounded interesting enough so I thought I would give it a go. And they were right, the movie was excellent! Another example of a little seen film, with a low rating on IMDb which may put potential viewers off.

It is (yet another) found footage movie, posing as a documentary. This time it see’s two guys (Poole and Gilbert) who are filming a documentary about conspiracy theories. They meet a guy called Terrance who is big on this kind of thing (in a weird, obsessive, creepy kind of way). He starts to feed idea’s to them which Aaron in particular latches on to. Their interest in secret societies et al increases when Terrance mysteriously goes missing. Jim is ready to call the whole thing off. He has a wife and kid and can do without the stress. Aaron on the other hand is just getting started. His on-line activity regarding a secret society known as Tarsus brings on some unwanted attention, but that doesn’t stop the duo from infiltrating the next Tarsus meeting, with quite terrible consequences.

The Conspiracy is billed as a horror movie, but I would probably bracket it as a thriller to be honest. At least the first hour or so anyway. It cleverly ramps up the tension and intrigue through out that hour, using proper documentary techniques such as pixelated faces and obscured voices. The sense of unease builds until the conclusion, which is part Blair Witch and part Wicker Man, and truly terrifying! It was terrifying because it could well be true. Maybe not fully, but I’m sure there are hundreds of weird secret cults that have weird rituals that your average Joe doesn’t want to get involved with.

That is the secret to The Conspiracy’s success. It is a film about two ordinary guys who end up in the midst of a terrible situation. It’s happened to many journalists who have delved a little too deep and mysteriously disappeared or died as a result. Or am I just buying into the conspiracies myself? Who knows, but the film certainly makes you think anyway.

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11 comments

  1. Really an undiscovered gem, Tom. Just added it to my TBW list. Thank you! 🙂

  2. giorge thomas

    I love a good conspiracy theory!

    Hey – as your blogs are mostly reviews I’m always focused on the topic and content rather than style, but I should mention – you’re actually a really great writer, Tom. Sorry it’s taken me so long to actually say that.

    • Ahh, thanks Giorge, that’s really kind of you to stay. Especially coming from a published poet and writer such as yourself! I’m not sure I would agree, I kind of just make it up as I go along!

      As for a conspiracy theory. I think everyone likes a good one if they are honest. But, wow, there are some real nutters out there!

  3. Thanks fo this! I also added it to my TBW list. With about 900 other titles. 😛

    • Haha. same here! Every time I cross a film off my watch list, I end up adding another three or four!

      • Just checked my list (I have a profile in IMDb) and it has 966 titles on it… Never gonna make it.

      • Haha, that’s a pretty lengthy list! I tend to just put new films on my list so I don’t forget about them. There is still 85 on there though I think.

        What’s the IMDb profile consist of? Have you worked on films?

      • Nono, I meant I have user profile. 🙂

  4. Thanks for the heads up, will seek this out for sure. After seeing “Room 237” last year, I’ve been keen to further explore the conspiracy-theory underground… at least in a cinematic sense.

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