on Sat May 31, 2014 1:00 am#60799
- Location : Ohio, USA
Hate these kind of movies lol. Actually I love them. If done right, they can truely give the heebie jeebies to me. Exorcism of Emily Rose is easily one of my favorite scary movies. This one looks promising.
on Sat May 31, 2014 8:49 am#60801
- Upon occasion, the straight-faced manner in which The Onion reports non-existent happenings has resulted in third parties mistakenly citing The Onion stories as real news.
In 1998, Fred Phelps posted The Onion article "'98 Homosexual-Recruitment Drive Nearing Goal" on his "God Hates Fags" website as "proof" that gay people were indeed actively trying to "recruit" others.
On June 7, 2002, Reuters reported that the Beijing Evening News republished, in the international news page of its June 3 edition, translated portions of the article "Congress Threatens To Leave D.C. Unless New Capitol Is Built". The story discusses the U.S. Congress's threats to leave Washington for Memphis, Tennessee; Charlotte, North Carolina; or even Toronto, Canada, unless Washington, D.C., built them a new Capitol building with a retractable dome. The article is a parody of U.S. sports franchises' threats to leave their home city unless new stadiums are built for them. Evening News initially stood by the story, demanding proof of its falsehood. It later retracted the article, responding that "some small American newspapers frequently fabricate offbeat news to trick people into noticing them with the aim of making money."
In late March 2004, Deborah Norville of MSNBC presented as genuine an article titled "Study: 58 Percent Of U.S. Exercise Televised".
In 2006, the Danish television station TV 2 posted a story on the gossip section of its website that took seriously The Onion article titled "Sean Penn Demands To Know What Asshole Took SeanPenn@gmail.com"
An article on Harry Potter inciting children to practice witchcraft was the subject of a widely forwarded email which repeated the quotes attributed to children in the article. Columnist Ellen Makkai and others who believe the Harry Potter books "recruit" children to Satanism have also been taken in by the article, using quotes from it to support their claims.
In September 2009, two Bangladeshi newspapers, The Daily Manab Zamin and the New Nation, published stories translated from The Onion claiming Neil Armstrong had held a news conference claiming the moon landing was an elaborate hoax. Neither realized The Onion was not a genuine news site. Both of the newspapers apologized to their readers for not checking the story.
In October 2009, the Russian news site Russia.ru repackaged clips from The Onion video piece "New Anti-Smoking Ad Warns Teens 'It's Gay to Smoke'" as legitimate news.
In February 2010, among others the online newspapers Il Corriere della Sera (Italy) and Adresseavisen (Norway) repackaged clips from The Onion video piece "Denmark Introduces Harrowing New Tourism Ads Directed By Lars Von Trier" as legitimate news.
In June 2010, the soccer website Sofoot.com (France) mistook for real news the article "Nation's Soccer Fan Becoming Insufferable", picked up the story and translated it partially on their own website under the title "La solitude du supporter ricain" ("The Yankee supporter's loneliness"). The article even ends with a kind word for the fake fan, telling him to be brave and to hang on.
In November 2010, the Fox Nation website, a part of the Fox News network, presented as fact The Onion's article about President Barack Obama writing a 75,000 word e-mail complaining about America as a genuine report.
The blog Literally Unbelievable (started 2011) showcases posts from Facebook users who take various Onion articles seriously.
In September 2011, United States Capitol Police investigated reports coming from The Onion's Twitter account claiming that US congressmen were holding twelve children hostage.
On January 7, 2012, Lim Hwee Hwa, a Singaporean former MP, posted an article titled "Obama Openly Asks Nation Why On Earth He Would Want To Serve For Another Term" from The Onion on her Facebook page, with the comment "Increasingly challenging everywhere, whatever Obama's campaign strategy might be".
On February 3, 2012, Congressman John Fleming (R-Louisiana) posted a link to an article on his Facebook page about an $8 billion "Abortionplex" opened by Planned Parenthood, with the status "More on Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale."
Iran's Fars News Agency copied almost word-for-word a September 24, 2012, Onion story, "Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama" and reported it on September 28. The Onion updated the original story with the note: "For more on this story: Please visit our Iranian subsidiary organization, Fars," linking to a screenshot of Fars's coverage of the story. The version on the Fars website was removed later in the day.
On November 14, 2012, the Onion ran a story titled, "Kim Jong-Un Named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive For 2012." On November 27, 2012, the online version of the Chinese Communist Party newspaper The People's Daily ran a story on Kim Jong-Un, citing The Onion's parody. The People's Daily web site included a 55-page photo gallery with the article in tribute to the North Korean leader.
On December 3, 2013, The Onion released a parody video mocking New York City's controversial "Stop and Frisk" program. The program is designed to allow police officers to stop anybody they believe to be suspicious, question them and even frisk them for weapons, drug paraphernalia, etc. Over 650,000 people were stopped to be questioned and/or frisked in 2011. This astounding number of people was largely made up of African-Americans or Latinos. The Onion took advantage of this controversial New York City program in their video, calling the program "Stop and Kiss". The spoof depicted police officers stopping people on the street, whom they considered to be suspicious, and kissing them on the lips. Many people on social media believed what they saw in the satirical video and were shocked. In one instance, someone who saw the video tweeted "Wtf is wrong with NYPD? Ain't no police gone stop me and kiss sh-t!". In another case, a retired New York City police officer even wrote on The Onion's page, asking "what has become of the department" and exclaiming "I am glad I retired!!!!!"
In March 2014, Ed Farrell, the Vice Mayor of Maricopa, Arizona, has apologized for inadvertently stating enthusiastic praise for the Westboro Baptist Church. Posted to his Facebook feed, his original comments had been based entirely in reaction to The Onion's satirical obituary of the church's late pastor, Fred Phelps. In an interview with a local newspaper about this particular posting, Farrell later explained that he had previously never heard of The Onion, Fred Phelps, nor the Westboro Baptist Church, and didn't know what he was talking about. Farrell stated apologetically, “I had no clue about this guy; he’s an idiot,” and, “I can’t believe that I posted what I posted…shame on me.”
on Sat May 31, 2014 11:38 am#60803
- Location : Ohio, USA
I know what The Onion is.
And I know about what most of the "Based on True Stories" are actually referencing.
Like all the Texas CHainsaw movies, they are actually referencing "Ed Gein". A guy who dug up dead corpses and kind of had his way with them. The "Exorcist" type movies all reference a supposed possession cited by the Roman Catholic Church back in 1949. So on and so forth.
The movies stretch the truth in order to say "Based on a true story". But in some way or another.. it was originally intended to be based on true events. lol.
Movie still looks scary. I never pay much attention to the "Based on true events" anymore anyways.
on Sat May 31, 2014 11:52 am#60806
- Location : TX
Also, I believe the Blair Witch Project said based on true events.
I usually call BS when movies say that.
Even infomercials when they say, "This is not a paid actor." Lol. GTFO here.
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