Conspiracy Theory: Back to the Future predicted 9/11, guys


There are plenty of 9/11 conspiracy theories out there, but this one may be one of the strangest. According to a video by Apophenia Productions, the Back to the Future films predicted and warned about 9/11. This elaborate conspiracy even ties into Robert Zemeckis’ recent film The Walk, which recreates Philippe Petit’s World Trade Center high-wire act in 1974.

It’s kooky, but the coincidences are pretty fascinating (if you’re into that sort of thing).

Check out the video below.

BACK TO THE FUTURE predicts 9/11

I’m certain we’re NOT supposed to take the video seriously.

Following a block of text on “Fair Use,” there’s another block of text that reads “Ignotum Per Ignotius” (the unknown by the more unknown). This second block of text notes the video is unscientific and “a work of mysticism and sophistry.” The claims are distortions that intentionally recontextualize the film imagery to make some sort of other point.

The use Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (yeah, just go with it) seems to also be a nod at Rodney Ascher’s documentary Room 237, which was all about the conspiracy theories surrounding The Shining. There are also brief clips from Orson Welles’ F for Fake and The Wizard of Oz toward the end, which is another way that the creator shows his hand (i.e., he’s bluffing). (It’s also a nice way to throw shade at the hokum of Loose Change.)

If anything, it’s a strange though intriguing exploration of the paranoid mindset and the human propensity to create patterns and make connections between disparate things. (Kinda like what I did with 2001, F for Fake, The Wizard of Oz, and Room 237 just now. This is basically Room 1955.)

What do you think of the video? Tell us in the comments. 

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Hubert Vigilla
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