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Alternative 3: Part 2 – The Public Freaks Out

Within minutes of Alternative 3’s broadcast the switchboard at Anglia Television was flooded by terrified viewers convinced they’d seen a genuine documentary; a phenomena that hadn’t been seen since the War of the Worlds radio panic. But while Orson Welles had gone into hiding after his historic broadcast, the makers of Alternative 3 happily faced the public. As director Christopher …

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Alternative 3: The Strange Saga of the First Mockumentary

Reader beware—we are about to tear away the veil of secrecy surrounding what one researcher has called, “The most dangerous film ever made!” revealing a conspiracy so controversial that even Breitbart News wouldn’t have dared publish it. It was all the brainchild of a dark cabal that involved a respected British newscaster, the screenwriter of Amityville 3D, electronic music pioneer …

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3 Frightening Horror-Themed Slots

The genre of film known as horror began more than a hundred years ago, influenced by the works of such literary giants as Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley. Horror films try to grab audiences by their fears, invoking common nightmares and often including elements of the supernatural, like unknown malicious forces intruding upon our world. Camera angles, lighting, sound …

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Plagiarism in Hollywood Films – The Invasion of the Screenplay Snatchers – Part 2

ALIEN (1979) – Genre buffs are probably aware that this classic shares its concept with Edward Cahn’s 1958 monster on a space ship funfest It! The Terror From Beyond Space. But that similarity could be chalked up to its core idea being a science fiction trope rather than plagiarism. But viewers weaned on late night television also noticed that Alien’s …

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Plagiarism in Hollywood Films – The Invasion of the Screenplay Snatchers – Part 1

“The only ‘ism’ Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.”- Dorothy Parker 2016 has ended with the usual chorus of journalists endlessly recapping the year’s major and minor events. But they overlooked one Hollywood story that’s subject should have been near and dear to any writer’s heart—plagiarism. It all started in 2012 when French filmmaker Luc Besson co-wrote and took sole story …

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Majestic-12

I have a confession to make: I love a good conspiracy theory. Thanks to the internet, there are more conspiracy theories than ever before. They range from the simply fanciful – like KFC is owned by the Ku Klux Klan which laces the food with a drug that makes coloured men impotent – to the overly complex, like the death …

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