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The Conspiracy (2012)

Ok so admittedly I had never heard of this film before browsing through Netflix the other day; thus was not sure what to expect. But, by reading both the synopsis on both Netflix and then IMDB (which describes it as ‘a documentary about conspiracy theories which takes a horrific turn after the filmmakers uncover an ancient and dangerous secret society’), I was fascinated as to what it would be like.

I have always been interested in programs about conspiracy theories (e.g. about 9/11 and so on), therefore this appealed to me. I wondered how they have created a film, which would be both interesting and perhaps something new to what I had seen before.

What followed, was something that surprised me.

The storyline itself (as mentioned in the IMDB description above) follows a group of filmmakers making a documentary about people who are interested in conspiracy theories and believe that there is a deeper cause of them. The film begins with a series of footage of past events which have been thought of as having a conspiracy behind them; i.e. 9/11 and the shooting of JFK. As it continues the audience are shown two filmmakers who whilst making the documentary, discover a secret brotherhood called the ‘Tarsus club’ who is believed to be untouchable. Hidden in an unknown location, the men (called Jim and Aaron) attempt to go undercover at Tarsus’ headquarters and find out what the group do at their ‘meetings’ and see what they are really like. The ending of this film was also notably interesting as it delivered a plot twist that I certainly did not see coming.

Given its horror/thriller genre, of course there is some violence but the eeriness of this film is what makes it so interesting. What I liked about it the most was how much it differed to other horror films I have seen. It didn’t follow the usual plot but instead featured a story about what could be secretly happening in the world.

I mean, I do also love horror films with paranormal beings and occasionally a serial killer or whatever, but this scared me due to its ‘found footage’ production.

Overall, I would recommend this film to people who enjoy horror and thriller films that go against the norm and show you something different.

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— AW