Conspiracy theories can be quite interesting and at times could drive a person mad. Paul McCartney Really is Dead is hands down a compelling production that has Beatles fans lost in thought and second-guessing the controversial subject.
The film was released in September of 2010, so it is fairly new but has created buzz waves as more have discovered it with a little help from Netflix.
No matter whether youâ€™re a fan, an avid fan or just familiar with the Beatles and their acclaimed fame that brought us terms like â€œBeatlemania,â€ this is a must-watch documentary that provides in-depth insight into the Beatles world with subliminal messages in lyrics and album covers that ultimately make you wonder whether or not it is all true.
According to the documentary, all of the information that is presented is based on two mini-cassette audio tapes dated Dec. 30, 1999, and labeled The Last Testament of George Harrison. The tapes were sent to the Hollywood office of Highway 61 Entertainment from London with no return address in the summer of 2005.
The film takes you through myriad news clips weaved into a storyline told by a voice mimicking the voice eerily similar to Harrisonâ€™s that appeared in the tapes. Harrison walks the audience through the shocking story of lead singer Paul McCartney having died in a car crash in November of 1966 and replaced with a double.
Director and creator Joel Gilbert provides meticulous research throughout the film, leaving you impressed with the amount of clues present that have gone unnoticed for decades.
The story goes as follows for those interested by the mere idea of Paul McCartney being a fake. After Paulâ€™s alleged fatal car accident, the remaining Beatles members are introduced to a British Intelligence, MI5, officer named Maxwell, who forces the Beatles to cover up McCartneyâ€™s death to prevent potential mass suicides of Beatles fans.
They agree and have a Paul McCartney look-a-like contest through American Band Stand. The judges are clueless as to what will happen to the winner and after deliberation a young man by the name of William Campbell is chosen as the winner to say the least, and off to become the new Paul McCartney after undergoing major advanced plastic surgery.
From one day to the next, simpleton William Campbell is transformed into McCartney but with guilt building up, the remaining Beatles try to signal fans with clues on album covers and in songs.
Feeling the guilt more than anyone was Lennon, who took every opportunity he could to hint to fans of Paulâ€™s fatal accident and replacement with fake Paul, â€œFaul.â€ Clues to McCartneyâ€™s death are exposed through Harrisonâ€™s testament, which include hundreds of symbolic interpretations of album cover imagery, lyrics and subliminal messages when songs are played backward.
In â€œRevolution 9,â€ when played backward you can hear the message, â€œTurn me on dead man.â€ In the last section of the song â€œStrawberry Fields Forever,â€ Lennon says, â€œI buried Paul.â€ The song â€œEleanor Rigbyâ€ is said to describe the secret funeral the Beatles had for Paul in a small cemetery in Blackpool, England. Father McKenzie was planned originally to be Father McCartney because Paulâ€™s father was the priest for the burial. Ringo Starr and George Harrison had Lennon change the name, believing it was a dead giveaway that MI5 agents would have them killed for.
In the documentary, â€œGeorge Harrisonâ€ goes through every album cover after the fatal accident, pointing out every message Lennon put. The first mentioned is Rubber Soul, which Harrison explains was originally supposed to be titled Rubber Paul to symbolize the death of the real Paul and the rubber soul of the impostor Paul and all the plastic surgery he had gotten. Again, the others thought it was too risky and it was changed to Rubber Soul and the album picture is taken from the ground level of Paulâ€™s grave, looking up at the members. The picture is also distorted so fans cannot notice the difference in Paulâ€™s appearance from plastic surgery.
Another famous album cover, Abbey Road, is also dissected and interpreted as a funeral procession: “John, dressed in pure white symbolizes the preacher or heavenly body. Ringo, dressed in full black symbolizes the mourner. George, in scruffy denim jeans and shirt symbolizes the gravedigger and Paul, dressed in a shabby, out-dated suit and barefoot symbolizes the corpse.” The documentary goes as far as to say that Lennonâ€™s assassination in 1980 was arranged by MI5 after he threatened to finally expose â€œPaul McCartneyâ€ as an impostor.
The â€œPaul is Deadâ€ mystery exploded worldwide in 1969 but was considered a hoax. Highway 61 Entertainment has taken the mysterious voice that reveals a secret history of the Beatles with incredible investigation into the conspiracy chronicling McCartneyâ€™s accident, the cover up, hundreds of clues, and MI5.
Paul McCartney Really is Dead is only one of many projects that have dug into the eerie theory. This documentary holds so much evidence and explanation with a conviction that will either have one laugh it off as a ridiculous hoax or actually be convinced that Paul McCartney really is dead.