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This week I take a look at four films that incorporate notions of weaponised fiction into their dialogue and storylines.  The concepts of predictive programming and the copycat effect, as well as other similar techniques, are identified in four movies from the 1990s – two mystery thrillers (The Usual Suspects and Basic Instinct), a satirical drama (Six Degrees of Separation) and a sci-fi horror (The Faculty).  I look at each of these films, highlighting these elements and explaining some of the real background stories than inspired these works.  I round off by talking about the future of this podcast.


HTML version of DOD film list

DOD film list – spreadsheet version

The Usual Suspects

Six Degrees of Separation

David Hampton wiki

The Lee Harvey Oswald – Ian Fleming connection

The FBI’s search for King’s assassin

FBI memo re: pseudonym ‘Eric Starvo Galt’ used by James Earl Ray

Spy book found in Watergate burglars’ hotel room

Basic Instinct

The Faculty