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10 Movies or TV Shows that Predicted the Future Right

6. Back to the Future (1985) 9/11 Attack

The movie Back to the Future unwittingly predicted the 9/11 attack. It showed a small terrorist attack by Muslims from Libya on a building called Twin Pines Mall. This building was also shown falling in one scene. The digital clock at the mall depicts the number “911” when turned upside down. The actual twin towers were also in some scenes.

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Back to the future (Image to the left), 9/11 attack. Image credits: Universal Pictures, Michael Foran/Flickr via Wikimedia

The movie, Back to the Future, is a 1980s scientific fiction classic directed by Robert Zemeckis. The movie is about a teen who is sent back to the 50s when an experiment by a scientist Doc Brown goes wrong. The story of the movie is nowhere related to the 9/11 attack, but a few of its scenes indicate the 9/11 attack.

In one of its scenes, the Twin Pines Mall is attacked by Muslim terrorists from Libya. In this scene, the “Twin” is the reference for Twin Towers. There was also a scene where the digital clock of the mall if turned upside down, depicts the number “911,” which implies 9/11.

In another scene, the Doc’s two stopwatches show 911 when turned upside down. The Twin Pines Mall was shown falling in a scene, and it also made an appearance in Back to the Future – Part II. It is said the Twin Pines Mall in the movie was Twin Towers Mall. (1, 2)

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7. Demon Seed (1977) Smart homes

The movie Demon Seed is about a scientist who develops an artificially intelligent computer, and the computer eventually develops an unhealthy crush on the scientist’s wife. The computer takes control over all technological devices of the house. This 70s movie predicted how technology will take control over all the lights, doors, windows, doorbells, and other devices of the home.

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Image capture from Demon Seed (Image to the left), Image to the right is used for representational purposes only. Image credits: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Shutterstock

The 1977 movie Demon Seed was the first movie that predicted the future of smart homes. It is a science fiction horror movie directed by Donald Cammell. The film is based on a scientist Dr. Alex Harris who developed the Proteus IV, which is an artificially intelligent computer developed to cure leukemia.

Later, the computer took a different turn and developed an unhealthy crush on the scientist’s wife. Slowly, it took control over all the technological devices in the home and installed itself on a computer in their home.

The primary prediction of this movie was the “ Modern Smart House,” like how the doors, windows, locks, alarm system, cameras, automated swimming pool cover, and many other things in our house are controlled by technology. (1, 2)

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8. Wag the Dog (1997) Bill Clinton’s scandal

In this movie, the US president gets caught with a girl scout, and to distract the media from the scandal, he staged a fake war with Albina. Two months after the film release, President Bill Clinton’s relationship with White House intern came out. In 1998, Clinton announced terrorist compound bombings in Afghanistan, just three days later when he apologized to the nation.

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Wag the Dog movie scene (Image to the left), Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky pictured in the Oval Office in 1997. Image credits: TriBeCa Productions, William J. Clinton Presidential via nypost

The 1997 movie, Wag the Dog, is an American political dark comedy that is about a US president who gets caught sleeping with a girl scout. To distract the media from his scandal, he contacted a Hollywood producer and staged a fake war against Albina.

The film was released in December 1997 during Bill Clinton’s two-term presidency and just two months after Clinton’s relationship with the White House intern Monica Lewinsky came out.

After six months, Clinton apologized to the nation, and three days later, when Monica Lewinsky had to appear before a grand jury, he launched 75 Tomahawk missiles at the terrorist compounds of Afghanistan in August 1988. The film could be a coincidence, or Clinton might have taken the inspiration from the firm. (1, 2)

9. The Truman Show (1998) Reality-TV

The Truman Show is based on society’s obsession for the next phase in reality TV. The show captured the everyday life of a regular person through hidden cameras which seemed nonsense at that time, but today the reality TV shows are watched extensively. The dramatic narrative of the show appeals to the audience.

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Jim Carrey in The Truman Show (Image to the left), Reality TV show Big Brother. Image credits: Scott Rudin Productions, Endemol USA

The 1998 movie, The Truman Show, is an American comedy psychological drama starring Jim Carrey. The show is all about capturing an ordinary man’s life through hidden cameras.

As foolish as it sounded in the era of the 90s, it is as much fun and interesting to watch it today. The Truman Show predicted the future of reality TV shows capturing the daily life of people and the way they act in certain situations.

Nowadays, reality TV shows like Big Brother, The Bachelor, and many other shows are popular among viewers. The contestants are scrutinized 24/7, and their lives are edited to create a dramatic narrative to appeal to a mass audience. Today, reality TV shows have staged reality, not like the way it was 23 years ago. (1, 2)

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10. The Terminator (1984) – Military Drones

In the 80s, The Terminator gave a peek into the future of Military Drones where computer-controlled aircraft and robots killed people. The fiction turned into reality after 38 years when drones and robots were heavily used by militaries all over the world.

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Image credits: Pacific Western Productions, Florida via theverge

The science-fiction movie, The Terminator (1984) directed by James Cameron depicts the future of military drones. In the movie, a terminator traveled from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah whose unborn baby will eventually lead the fight against evil.

The war waged between man and machine also showed a glimpse of future military drones. In the movie, these computer-controlled drones and robots fire on the people and cause much death and destruction.

However today, these computer or remote-controlled drones are often used by militaries all over the world for surveillance and attacking targets with laser-guided bombs. Robots are now used to disarm bombs on the ground, search burning buildings, and carry medical support to the front-liners. (Source)

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