Where the realms of conspiracy theories and paranormal metaphysics intersect, you can find The Mandela Effect, a popular theory that’s been gaining momentum in recent years. The term was coined by blogger Fiona Broome, who realized that a huge number of people seemed to have a false memory of Nelson Mandela dying in a South African prison in the late 1980s. As someone who saw Mandela speak in Los Angeles following his release in 1990, I don’t count myself among those with that recollection.
Still, the term led to an avalanche of unearthed misremembered memories shared by large groups of people with seemingly no connection to one another. Examples include those who remember The Berenstain Bears as Berenstein, a nonexistent movie called Shazam staring Sinbad, and an insistence that The Monopoly Man wears a monocle.
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While most believe these are merely examples confabulation, a clinical term for false memories, proponents of The Mandela Effect believe the truth lies in the existence of alternate realities, a complex theory with chilling implications. They suggest that those experiencing The Mandela Effect have actually slipped from one dimension to another one with only slight differences. Others believe The Mandela Effect is a result of government time travel programs meddling with the past, causing ripples which upset the fabric of reality.
If you’re thinking The Mandela Effect would be a good topic for a horror movie, you’re not alone. There’s currently a feature film in the works from director David Guy Levy.
Of the new feature, Levy commented, “‘The Mandela Effect’ is a timely and relatable topic which we think audiences will really gravitate towards, and we are excited to make this into a heady sci-fi film that will ooze with indie spirit.”
While we don’t have a trailer or release date for The Mandela Effect, Periscope Entertainment hopes to release the film sometime in 2018. In the meantime, the short documentary below (courtesy of YouTuber LEMMiNO) will give you a concise overview of The Mandela Effect with some of the most prominent examples explored. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: The Mandela Effect is when a large group of people misremember the same experience. However, many claim misremembrance is an insufficient explanation and choose to invoke the paranormal. In this video, I carefully analyze a number of popular Mandela Effect examples in an effort to determine if this paranormal invocation is truly necessary.