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People Actually Believed Three Insanely Fake Documentaries

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Documentaries can give us some amazing information in under 90 minutes. There are some times, however, when things aren’t what they seem. Fake documentaries are a rarity, but if executed properly, they leave a lasting impression. These three documentaries made people a believer for a short period of time.

I’m Still Here

Remember that time Joaquin Phoenix acted a bit strange in public? Well, it was all a stunt for his documentary I’m Still Here. The actor decided to throw away his acting chops for a career in hip hop. The end result wasn’t what he hoped for, but at least he tried.

The idea for the film came from the overabundance of reality shows. The best part about it is no one had a clue this was all staged until it premiered.

The Blair Witch Project

When it comes to fake documentaries, this is the granddaddy of them all. 1999’s The Blair Witch Project scared movie goers around the world with its found footage delivery. To add a bit more mystery, actors were either pronounced dead or missing for its promotional campaign.

The film starred Joshua Leonard, who went on to have roles in Scorpion and Bates Motel. With a $60,000 budget, the film earned a whopping $248 million worldwide.

The Buried Secret Of M. Night Shyamalan

Anything with M. Night Shyamalan’s name attached to it is usually proceeded with caution. With The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan, his main goal was to confuse everyone watching. Released in 2004 via Sci-Fi, this documentary was pitched as following Shyamalan’s daily routine. Instead, this was an entire ploy to promote his film The Village.

Everything mentioned about Shyamalan’s life was a complete lie. NBC Universal, who own Sci-Fi, was forced to apologize for this release stating, “This marketing strategy is not consistent with our policy at NBC. We would never intend to offend the public or the press and value our relationship with both.”

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