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Wed, Oct 16, 2013 6:48 PM

Fake Profiles Created to Fool People

The following pages are fake:
Karl Atticus http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5637108/
Culture Shock (1969) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2963536/

They are fake pages for this movie Mortal Remains (2012) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2963536/ which should have the documentary tag removed as it is pure fiction. The creators just made fake pages on this site as well as Wikipedia to fool some people into thinking their movie is real.

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7 years ago

The third link should be:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2188831/

Also worth noting that the pages on Wikipedia were deleted with extreme prejudice - not even deleted, they were removed as blatant hoaxes:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?...

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?...

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?...

Although the last one is for the fake film he was supposed to have directed, not the 2012 mockumentary (although amusingly it will now make it harder for them to start an article on the legitimate film).

I wonder if the simplest thing would be merging Culture Shock into Mortal Remains, although I wouldn't do that without staff input - the best thing would to remove Karl Atticus and Culture Shock entirely.

We are left with another problem - if it isn't really a documentary, then there are actors playing roles, which we don't have any record for - Karl Atticus never appears as himself, clearly, but who played him? Has anyone got access to the credits? Are they also deliberately obfuscated? We could do with resolving this before deleting the Atticus entry.

All very tricky.

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7 years ago

It will be intentionally hard to find who the cast was. The whole premise of the marketing is that the movie is real. I found an interview with the creators and they pretended it was real the whole time. Their web site includes a link to the IMDb page of Karl Atticus, so I think it was them who made all the fake pages.

I think the IMDb staff should handle this by deleting all the fake pages and preventing them from being made again.

Funnily enough, one of the people involved with the Blair Witch Project is involved with this movie, so I think they are trying a similar marketing strategy.

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7 years ago

It will be intentionally hard to find who the cast was.


Are there no credits on the film?

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7 years ago

The problem is it is currently making rounds at film festivals. So the only information released has been fake.

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7 years ago

Hey gang, I am trying to see what I can find out too. I also heard the recent interview, and either this is a brilliant marketing campaign or perhaps there is some truth. A few on line references I came across still have me questioning the authenticity while others have me doubting my own research capabilities. I will touch base as I get closer to an answer.

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Wait... this has gotta be a ploy from those Blair Witch guys! Yes?

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Yes.

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I don't know anything about the Vernon Blake character. Is he suppose to be part of the movie? What is S/A films?

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They are the fake writer and production company whose only credit is the fake film:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2963536/

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7 years ago

Wait a minute... something is fishy here.

This "Jonathan" person above just established an account yesterday... just to be part of THIS conversation?

Now I must ask... are you two part of this documentary trying to strike up a controversy?

Pray tell before I report you!

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This "Jonathan" person above just established an account yesterday... just to be part of THIS conversation?

Now I must ask... are you two part of this documentary trying to strike up a controversy?

Pray tell before I report you!


As you can tell, I didn't sign up yesterday and, if it needs saying, I wasn't born then either.

Given this:

Joseph Blowe
Joined October 17, 2013


I could turn this around and suggest you are in on the joke (perhaps part of the production team?), hoping to scatter misinformation into what is a pretty straightforward case of fake profiles being created as part of an advertising campaign.