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      Season 1 – American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders

      2024 Documentary Crime TRAILER for American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders: Documentary Series Trailer List
      83% 12 Reviews Tomatometer 50% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score An investigative journalist pursuing a political conspiracy known as the Octopus is found dead in his hotel room; decades later, new details emerge. Read More Read Less

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      Critics Consensus

      A handsomely produced delve into a truly far-out true crime tale, this American Conspiracy hooks its tentacles into viewers and doesn't let go.

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      Peter K I wanted to like this and feel like I wasted my time waiting for something . The story itself is intriguing but the end result does not satisfy anything. I get it that some things never get solved but this story meanders through various events never quite pulling anything into reality. If it sounds like I’m talking in circles it’s because I’m having a hard time explaining such a horrible documentary. This is an example of yet another documentary that could have been told in an hour and a half and saved a lot of time. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/17/24 Full Review Michael J A fascinating story told by the absolute wrong people. The wildness of this topic is completely drowned out by the utter inability of the documentarians to effectively tell the story. Poor choice after poor choice reduces this attempt at a roaring story into nothing more than a whimper. Director Zachary Treitz has no directorial experience to speak of, and it shows. His obsession with style over story never lets up, which is negatively compounded by the fact that his sense of style is so poor. Opting for intentionally exaggerated handheld camera shake, it's a relief when we get 30 seconds of producer Christian Hansen holding the camera in episode 3... but why is Christian able to dp with such a steady frame when Zachary cannot? An already complex story, the producers make a number of unconscionable choices that build up the weeds for the viewer rather than distilling the story cogently. Perhaps the most unforgivable is the choice to make producer Christian Hansen - the modern day investigative journalist telling his own version of this story - also the actor to portray Danny Casolaro in flashbacks - who is the investigative journalist at the heart of the story. They look alike, they're independently pursuing the same story, and it's not until halfway through episode 2 that you might realize sometimes Christian is speaking and portraying himself, and other times he's sometimes speaking and portraying as if he's the other journalist Danny. Awful decision for so many reasons. Ultimately I would love to see this story told by adequate documentarians who have the professional experience and the artistic capacity to do so effectively. As we have it though, is a great opportunity squandered by the ego of the producers to think they are the guys for the job, rather than hiring the right team and then getting out of the way. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/17/24 Full Review Mark B Important topic that should be of concern to any non-NPC human being. Matrix dwellers want magical proof for every single thing while ignoring that which is already proven - assassinations were ordered by the Military Industrial Complex in efforts to rule the world. Whether Daniel committed suicide or was also assassinated is a side issue to the assassinations that are already well documented here. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/17/24 Full Review Nicholas B The mythology surrounding the life and death of Danny Casolaro has been a long and winding road. In 1991, Vanity Fair, essentially dismissed Casolaro as delusional, and that seemed to be the last word. Over the years, however, conspiracy spelunkers like myself have looked at Casolaro from afar and wondered what is the myth and what is the reality. For three decades the fate of Casolaro has remained a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Until ... Christian Hansen and then Zachery Treitz decided to throw caution to wind and plunge into the rabbit hole. When they emerged years later, they had the answers to many of the questions mavens of the clandestine have asked over the years. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/10/24 Full Review Gareth v A story that potentially has massive implications, but can't quite reach a conclusion and is left wandering in the ether. From a character study it is rather interesting, but as crime story it is rather frustrating. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/08/24 Full Review Ariel Eduardo G Bla bla bla bla bla for hours and then nothing happen, borrowed and lazy. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/06/24 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Episode 1 Aired Feb 28, 2024 The End Photojournalist Christian Hansen continues the work of Danny Casolaro, a reporter who mysteriously died while investigating a major political conspiracy. Details Episode 2 Aired Feb 28, 2024 The Trap Door Through Danny's research, details surface of an alleged global government surveillance network; in 1981, a triple murder fuels suspicions. Details Episode 3 Aired Feb 28, 2024 The Game Danny's investigation takes a turn when he uncovers a twisted web of organized crime that implicates the U.S. intelligence community. Details Episode 4 Aired Feb 28, 2024 The Monster In his final days, Danny inches closer to answers, but his death raises more questions; years later, Christian makes discoveries of his own. Details

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      Graeme Blundell The Australian Brave and fascinating, it’s also a lesson in what can happen to investigative journalists when they enter dangerous unknown words... Mar 22, 2024 Full Review Craig Mathieson The Age (Australia) Complete with Casolaro’s original contact, the new deep dive is sceptical but sympathetic. It understands how easily we can all lose our bearings. Mar 14, 2024 Full Review Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times "Frustration" is the word that leaps to mind... Rated: 2/4 Mar 2, 2024 Full Review Melissa Camacho Common Sense Media Unfortunately, this attempt at sensationalizing the otherwise tedious story drowns in never-ending reveals of (alleged) important information. Mar 12, 2024 Full Review Alison Lanier Pajiba It’s an absorbing and somewhat unhinged binge-watch, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still thinking about it days later. Mar 11, 2024 Full Review Rohan Naahar The Indian Express The four-episode series is an absorbing character study of a man possessed, and a gripping conspiracy thriller with far-reaching implications. Mar 1, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

      Season Info

      Executive Producer
      Zachary Treitz, Chapman Way, Maclain Way, Juliana Lembi, Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Mel Eslyn
      Documentary, Crime
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Feb 28, 2024
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