The Conspiracy (2013)
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The Conspiracy does more with a found-footage conceit than any horror movie since The Blair Witch Project.
Why do so many contemporary filmmakers use the well-worn device of found footage and documentary shooting style to make thrillers? Does The Blair Witch Project have a mysterious power over all of them?
Continually surprises and engages the viewer even when it's falling apart.
As both a compelling examination of conspiracy theorists and a unique found footage film, The Conspiracy lays firm groundwork before delivering a tense, dynamic third act.
Like any good conspiracy theorist (or perhaps Grand Master of the Universe), MacBride rewrites the cosmos, forcing us either to buy the particular reality that he's peddling, or to risk being cast as collusive shills or sacrificial 'sheeples'.
Audience Reviews for The Conspiracy
If you're a fan of thrillers and horror films, especially ones about mysterious cults, than you'll probably find enough to enjoy about this one. The Conspiracy is a found footage/mockumentary style horror film that is interesting enough, but doesn't delve into the obsessive nature of conspiracy theorists enough. Or I should say, it doesn't delve into them in a way that is satisfying or thought provoking. You get your typical conspiracy theorist character, your typical skeptic, and than your new believer character all mixed in here. There's nothing new about any of it.
But that doesn't mean that it's altogether uninteresting. I'm a huge fan of horror movies about cults, and so I was pretty engaged throughout the film. Watching these characters delve deeper into the mystery of the Tarsus Club, and feeling the inevitable tragedy that is coming is pretty effective throughout. And if you're still interested after reading the plot description and reading this far into the review, than go ahead and watch it.
There's really not a lot to talk about with this film, but it's an effective thriller that's perfect for late night viewing on Netflix.
One of those films that proves the found footage genre of horror still has fresh life in it, The Conspiracy is a truly original horror film that starts out two filmmakers' profile of a conspiracy theorist that turns into an edge of your seat thriller after the theorist disappears and the two begin a quest to discover what happened to him. Extremely intelligent and clever and based on real conspiracy theories and historical events, the film taps directly into the mainline of conspiracy paranoia that perhaps more of us should be sharing. A horror film that doesn't end with the credits but leaves us horrified about the world in which we may or may not live.
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