Scientollywood: The influence of Scientology in the entertainment industry
The word Scientollywood was invented by Karl Hermann
(then at PRINZ, later at TIP Magazin until December 2005, now at Formblitz AG since March 2006) and Karl Maier (then at PRINZ, now
at BZ) in 1993. I learned of the
word because of an hilarious cover page of TIP
Magazin in 1996.
in Scientollywood, and who's out? Find it out in the Scientology
Examples of Scientology influence on movie contents:
Terminal Man: This movie contains a product placement for Scientology,
at least in the german version. While the psychiatrist (Joan Hackett) with the weird hairdo searches for her escaped patient (George Segal)
in his bedroom, a radio show can be heard in which a caller
tells his successes with Scientology. Although the book was written by
Michael Crichton, the movie was rather boring.
and away: The sound recording was made with Clearsound equipment,
which was originally developed because of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's
The book Shadowland
on which this movie is based got support from Scientology president Heber
Jentzsch and CCHR,
a Scientology front group attacking what they call the psychs.
The lobotomy of her is invented: neither Frances Farmer's
own bio Will
There Really Be a Morning? nor the memoirs of Walter Freeman (the infamous
but proud-of-it ice pick lobotomy guy) mention it. The
Frances Farmer page of CCHR conveniently "forgets" to mention this.
Jeffrey Kauffman has researched this topic for 20 years, and has documented the inaccuracies of the book.
A line was cut due to an orchestrated
campaign by Scientologists (among them were Scientologists Eric Sherman and Jeffrey Scott)
on executive producer Richard
Donner and director Tom
Mankiewicz. In the film, Emma
Samms mused to her screen brother about John
Candy's strange power over her (he influenced the future with his typewriter).
Do you think he's a Scientologist?
I loved the film anyway, although movie critic Leonard Maltin called
it "astonishingly stupid".
Gone Wild: Originally a science-fiction film in which much of civilization
is gone, and a dangerous cult bases itself on one of the few remaining
books: L. Ron Hubbard's "Dianetics." Scientology "somehow" heard of it,
and after lawyers for Scientology visited the producer Apollo Pictures,
all references to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, his book and Scientology
Moore's Striptease at
1:24:55 there is a scene where the waiting chauffeur Pierre (Anthony
Jones) reads a book by Scientology founder and science fiction writer
L. Ron Hubbard. It is hard to see, but I was able to identify it. It is
Volume 9 of Mission Earth: Villainy Victorious. The scene
is after the sister of Demi's ex prepares his broken arm with a golf club,
and before Demi's daughter plays a card game with a blonde stripper.
In the TV series Melrose Place, there was an episode (between
episodes 128 and 130) where Scientologist Priscilla Presley played "Nurse Benson" and applied shock therapy to a guy named
Peter. People who saw the show noticed that the machine used looked like
from the 50ies. This is typical for Scientology, which teaches that "psychs"
have nothing else to do than drug or fry the brains of their patients.
Earth: Based on a book written by L. Ron Hubbard and produced by Scientologist
Travolta, this movie has very
strong connections to Scientology. However the reviews
The Muppet Babies: Scientologist Jeffrey
Scott, one of the screenwriters for this animated series, proudly
brags that he inserted Scientology concepts into the show.
- A 2005 episode of "South Park" making fun of Scientology and Tom Cruise was not shown in the UK, and a 2006 US rerun was pulled, possibly at the request of Tom Cruise. You can watch the episode in full length at Scientomogy.info.
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