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"Larsson, Donald F" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 30 Aug 2004 23:34:25 -0500
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The whole ALIEN series, but especially the first two, fit the SF conspiracy category, as do the X-FILES TV and movie versions.  CAPRICORN ONE is sort-of SF, but SOYLENT GREEN is a classic, if campy, example.  THE PARALLAX VIEW is not quite SF, but somewhat close.  METROPOLIS sort of qualifies as setting a certain tone for the genre.

For a spoof, THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST may qualify.  And don't forget ALPHAVILLE!

For more supernatural fare, something like Val Lewton/Mark Robson's THE SEVENTH VICTIM might apply, but also ROSEMARY'S BABY may be the classic example.  MULHOLLAND DRIVE might fit this category too.

Don Larsson

"Only connect!"  --E.M. Forster
Donald F. Larsson
Department of English
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN  56001
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From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List on behalf of Nancy Mockros
Sent: Mon 8/30/2004 3:54 PM
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Subject: Re: [SCREEN-L] conspiracy films with a supernatural bent

I'm sure there are many.... but if I understand the question, off the top I
can think of Strange Days (1994) with Ralph Fiennes, The Fifth Element
(1997) with Bruce Willis, and if I recall (ha ha) Total Recall and the
Terminator movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger ?  Sorry none of these is
recondite - and the conspiracy is not necessarily the author/cause of the
sci fi element, in each - sometimes the conspirators just use the
available, futuristic technology.  Anyway, hope mention of these few helps.

At 12:27 PM 8/30/04, you wrote:
>A friend who is a Hollywood sci fi and horror writer wanted to know what
>movies, obviously generic and otherwise, where one conspiracy or another has a
>supernatural or a sci fi thrust. Of course there are many, but he wants to go
>beyond INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, the more recondite the better. The
>conspirators can be CIA, government bad guys, monsters from outspace,
>vampires, etc.
>Main thing is that there should be a conspiracy element of some sort. TO do
>whatever.   hr greenberg md
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