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Magic
May 30th, 2013, 02:54 AM
With the recent airing of "Mermaids: The new evidence," a sequel to a docufiction/mockumentary made last year, I've become hooked.


The idea is that actors portray fantasy or supernatural events as if they are real life (like a real documentary would) using long, scientific sounding words and odd turns of phrases to confuse the average audience.


So, did anyone watch the mermaids one? Or seen any other interesting docufictions?

gimmepie
May 30th, 2013, 07:34 AM
I have the DVD for one about dragons, not sure about the title I'll edit it into this later, but I thoroughly enjoy watching the explanations etc they came up with and I'd quite likely like more of the genre. What was the title of the first one, so I can watch both.

Magic
May 30th, 2013, 09:09 AM
I have the DVD for one about dragons, not sure about the title I'll edit it into this later, but I thoroughly enjoy watching the explanations etc they came up with and I'd quite likely like more of the genre. What was the title of the first one, so I can watch both.

Mermaids: The Body Found is the first one :) It's available in full on youtube somewhere. I think I've seen part of the dragon one - something like "The last dragons"?

antemortem
May 30th, 2013, 03:10 PM
Mermaids: The Body Found is the first one :) It's available in full on youtube somewhere. I think I've seen part of the dragon one - something like "The last dragons"?

I've seen this. I saw it on Youtube and I was sooo drawn into it (even believed it a little at first!) and couldn't stop watching it. I didn't know there was a sequel out - is it any good? Any better/just as good as the first one?

Mr Cat Dog
June 23rd, 2013, 01:57 AM
People seem to reeeeeeeeeally like stuff like this. I read an article a while back (can't remember the link, unfortunately) that said that the Mermaid show described above was the highest-rated show on Animal Planet for the past 5 years despite, you know, not being about animals! :P

Magic
June 23rd, 2013, 02:56 AM
I've seen this. I saw it on Youtube and I was sooo drawn into it (even believed it a little at first!) and couldn't stop watching it. I didn't know there was a sequel out - is it any good? Any better/just as good as the first one?

It's quite good yes, it certainly builds on the first but it's a lot shorter and is mostly an interview rather than documentary.


People seem to reeeeeeeeeally like stuff like this. I read an article a while back (can't remember the link, unfortunately) that said that the Mermaid show described above was the highest-rated show on Animal Planet for the past 5 years despite, you know, not being about animals! :P

Animal Planet have done a few over the years, I'm not sure if it was aired on the UK version of the channel or not (I don't have Sky) but the response it got in the US seems to be huge. The fact that organisations had to explicitly say that it was fiction and not fact is a sure sign of the people watching it - and even suggesting a worrying amount believed it.

Conspiracy!

Esper
July 22nd, 2013, 11:21 AM
I think I would enjoy this mermaid thing a lot. I remember watching C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America which is a mockumentary about how the South won the American Civil War and how everything changed after that. I can't exactly say I enjoyed watching it since it was pretty uncomfortable, but it was an interesting experience.