10 Conspiracy Theories That Actually Sound Like Popular Movies

Everything makes sense when you put on the right glasses.

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According to Too Special To Be Duped, a research article published in the European Journal Of Social Psychology, conspiracy theorists are needier than the rest of us. Authors Roland Imhoff and Pia Karoline Lamberty argue that “a small part in motivating the endorsement of such seemingly irrational beliefs is the desire to stick out from the crowd, the need for uniqueness.”

A larger part is presumably an ability to watch mainstream films and either process the information as fact or recycle the ideas being presented. Once you’ve listened to a handful of conspiracy theorists – or to give them their proper title, “hoaxers” – you realize how many of their beliefs have already been brought to the screen by Hollywood.

You can only listen to Alex Jones claim there is poison in tap water so many times, for instance, before you’re reminded of General Jack D Ripper in Dr Strangelove, who thought fluoridation of drinking water was a monstrous commie plot to sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids. Good old standbys such as mind control, doubles and assassination have inspired more films than it’s possible to count.

With that in mind, it’s time to sit back and enjoy some of these ideas as they were originally presented.


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'