ByDave Conley, writer at
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Recently people have accused Kevin Smith of conspiring to leak a fake Batman v. Superman script. He has since denied it

“No major studio would let a guy like me near their franchises – even if it was for a dummy script meant solely to fool the news sites.”
Who wouldn't trust those eyes!
Who wouldn't trust those eyes!

Plausible deniability?

Dinesh D'Souza who's conspired to funnel illegal campaign contributions believes Google has made it difficult for his fans to find his movie when they search for it. His supporters are crying "It's a liberal Hollywood Conspiracy!"

Wait a minute I was looking for America!
Wait a minute I was looking for America!

These are just two of the latest Conspiracy theories. Devious plots planned by groups are nothing new they've been around a long time. Some people even believe America's founding fathers were all conspiring members of the Illuminati or maybe some other Christian cult or maybe even a race of lizard people. Depending on whose paranoid world view lenses you decide to look through.

Conspiracies make some of the most entertaining movies so I've conspired with no one, not Kevin Smith, not the Illuminati, and especially not with any lizard aliens ( excuse me while I lick my eyeball) to put together a list of my favorite conspiracy movies.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean we're not really out to get you!

All the President's Men (1976)

A film that shows how hard it actually is to prove a conspiracy. Woodward and Bernstein actually brought down a president who didn't believe he was breaking the law. While he was conspiring with his henchmen to do just that.

Silkwood (1983)

Conspiracies aren't uncovered if there isn't someone there to blow the whistle. That's what Karen Silkwood was trying to do at the Kerr- McGee plant where she worked.That is until she was on her way to meet a NY Times reporter with documented evidence when she mysteriously crashed and died. None of the evidence was found in the car. Many believe that she was murdered. Kerr McGee was found liable for the Silkwood's exposure to plutonium.

The Insider(1999)

Based on the true story of a 60 Minutes segment about Jeffrey Wigand, a whistle blower in the tobacco industry. The 60 Minutes story originally aired in November 1995 in an altered form because of objections by CBS' then-owner, Laurence Tisch, who also controlled the Lorillard Tobacco Company.

Miss Evers' Boys (1997)

This HBO film tells the story of the Tuskegee experiment, a U.S. Federal Government secret medical experiment on poor African Americans in the years 1932-1972, designed to study the effects of untreated syphilis. The story is told from the perspective of the small town nurse Eunice Evers. Who here justifies her part in the experiment to a congressional committee.

I don't think it's a conspiracy that these movies won several Academy awards and Emmys.

Fact and/or Fiction

Many writers have taken conspiracy theories and used them as a starting point for some great movies.

7 Days In May (1964)

Based on the novel of the same name Presdient Kennedy wanted this movie to be made because he believed that it could be possible for this to happen. Maybe because 30 years before this a group of businessmen from Chase Bank, GM, Goodyear, Standard Oil All companies that were doing business with Nazi Germany at the time and then Senator Prescott Bush(yes Daddy and Grand Daddy of 2 former Presidents) approached Marine corp. Major General Smedly Butler to lead a coup against President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He then revealed their plan to congress. While they denied it and no charges were brought the congressional committee acknowledged there was a conspiracy but it never got past the planning stages.

Of course this was during our "Cold War" with Russia and there many stories of experiments in mind control performed by ours as well as other governments and one of my favorites is the story of a man brainwashed by the Russians in the Korean War.

'The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)

The Communists weren't the only ones experimenting with mind control the CIA had an ongoing government sanctioned program from the early 50's up until 1973 that used methods such as hypnosis, sensory deprivation, and LSD to manipulate behavior and control test subjects.

One of my favorite movies that came from this is you guessed it "Conspiracy Theory"(1997) Although the action thriller was also part Rom/ Com it was a lot of fun to watch.

Another more recent film based on the MK Ultra program that I just recently watched on Netflix is Banshee Chapter (2013) It is probably one of the only films that mentions MK Ultra by name but it combines it with elements of two of my favorite authors. The first being the story "From Beyond" by H.P. Lovecraft and the next being Ted Levine's character Thomas Blackburn, a Hunter S. Thompson type writer who lives in Colorado. It's pretty good for Blair Erickson's directorial debut check it out if you get a chance.

Corporations have become a little smarter in their mind manipulation since the 30's. They've become more aware of the medias influence and it's use as a major propaganda tool. Many films have tried to warn us of how they can twist and manipulate the public's feelings, some early examples were Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder 1951) and A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan 1957) Which features Andy Griffith as the polar opposite of Sheriff Andy Taylor from Mayberry in one of his rare appearances as the bad guy. Amazing films But one of the best films about the media's conspiracy to influence the public, in my opinion, is the 1976 classic Network from director Sidney Lumet and writer Paddy Chayefsky. If you've never seen it you probably have heard this before

You didn't think Glenn Beck thought of that did you? But that's not the only bit of good writing in the movie, there's lot's more. Another favorite speech of mine is this one from Ned Beatty.

There are many more movies based on conspiracy theories but the ones I've mentioned here have some basis in fact. Based on conspiracies that evidence has shown were not just theories. If it's OK with the Illuminati I'll write another article featuring movies that are only based purely on theories.

I'm not saying I'm part of the Illuminati but my SS number does add up to 23!

If I've missed any or you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below.Until then remember we're everywhere and we'll be watching you with one eye!


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