The Sins of Government.

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Interesting (and seemingly prerelease) review of this at mondo-digital.com

If the politically-conscious paranoia thrillers of the 1970s slammed head-first into a lurid Amicus horror anthology on a homegrown budget, the result would probably be The Sins of Government, another take-no-prisoners DIY outing from Ron Atkins, the genial lunatic behind Schizophreniac and Eat the Rich. Basically two short films linked by a sinister host (Aten), the film delves into the shadowy world of the Illuminati, a secret organization whose history spans back centuries throughout Europe. A favorite topic of conspiracy theorists, the sect is rather literally portrayed here as a group of evil lizard people, led by the robed Pindar (Brodie), intent on world control through mind manipulation, intimidation, and general social misbehavior. The first half, "Rites of the Illuminati," follows ambitious Bill Clayton (King) as he conspires to become a governor but gets cold feet when the lizard-people demand his spouse as part of the bargain. Naturally, all does not go well. Next up is "Ultra," in which Christine (Teal) is honed into a mindless killer after undergoing brutal sexual mistreatment and brainwashing. Is it all fantasy... or could this be real?

Clearly wearing its political intentions on its sleeve, The Sins of Government assaults the viewer with candy-colored lighting, ranting Bush family members (thanks to handy rubber masks), and the aforementioned lizard leaders; as the opening text proclaims, "It's only a movie," which should keep any shadowy reptilians from knocking on the participants' doors in the middle of the night. As a paranoid horror film this is a logical step forward from Atkins' Eat the Rich, packed with grisy details and sexual torment beneath a gloss of political rage. Not for all tastes, to be sure, but it's a refreshingly bile-driven alternative to the overabundance of cheap-o political documentaries currently cluttering the marketplace. However, it's not quite as scary as what you get by typing "Illuminati" and "Bush" into the search engine of your choice.

Shot on video in a series of spare, claustrophobic rooms, The Sins of Government looks about as good as could be expected on DVD. Colors are vivid, but the limitations of the videography result in some detail loss during darker scenes. The stereo audio, mostly recorded right from the set, is serviceable enough, but don't expect a slick mix here. The current disc features no extras, but given Cutthroat's track record, a feature-laden version might not be out of the question.
Not much up on the IMDB entry just yet.

Only other thing i can find on the 'net atm is a mind control site which uses a couple of quite disturbing stills from the movie (about 2/3 of the way down the page), though i think i'd take the bit about them being realistic depictions of MKUltra techniques with a pinch of salt...
 
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BlackRiverFalls said:
Only other thing i can find on the 'net atm is a mind control site which uses a couple of quite disturbing stills from the movie (about 2/3 of the way down the page), though i think i'd take the bit about them being realistic depictions of MKUltra techniques with a pinch of salt...
It might be all part of a viral campaign but who knows this deep in the madness?? ;)

Seems you can get it from here:

www.cutthroatvideo.com/shop/customer/pr ... ctid=16143

and they have a page for it:
www.cutthroatvideo.com/sinsofthegovernment.htm

Looking over their other products it looks like cheap and nasty exploitation with a thin smear of a weird plot. Just my cup of tea in other words ;)
 

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It might be all part of a viral campaign but who knows this deep in the madness?? Wink
It's difficult to say.. I came across the mind control page first while i was googling up some research on possibly the most truly bizarre and florid conspiracy theory i've ever come across, will post something on it later in the day if my heads clear enough to edit it all into the nearest semblance of sense it will come to...
 

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Basically two short films linked by a sinister host (Aten)...
Aten...Aten...Where do I know that name from?

Wasn't there a contactee who claimed to have met an alien called 'Aten'?
 

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Basically two short films linked by a sinister host (Aten)...
Aten...Aten...Where do I know that name from?

Wasn't there a contactee who claimed to have met an alien called 'Aten'?
Possibly a reference (in both cases) to the montheistic 'god' of the heretic Pharaoh Akenaten, the Aten sun disk.
 

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I don't suppose anyone's managed to track this film down?

Cutthroat's website has gone, there's no availability showing on imdb, and no hits for it on amazon or ebay, or even on dogpile for that matter...

...i'm wondering now if the film actually exists at all, or if it was all some sort of hoax based around a few stills :(
 
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