There’s no hiding from it: We are currently living in the era of mass serial killer content. From Ryan Murphy’s controversial new deep-diveinto the life and deaths of Jeffrey Dahmer to the macabre, Netflix-produced Ted Bundy Tapes, it seems that a new psychopath-centered show is entering the zeitgeist every second, and that all it takes for a title to sky-rocket to most-watched on any streaming service is the Holy Grail that is the true crime tag.
But not everyone is happy with this trend. True crime naysayers often accuse true crime bingers and creators of exploiting real-life pain and suffering for entertainment. And while it would be naive to deny that these films and TV shows are constructed with the intention of being uniquely captivating and bingeable (those cliffhangers don’t appear out of thin air!), it’s myopic to suggest that audiences are drawn to serial killers solely for amusement’s sake.
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In 2020, news of a vicious, far-reaching crime rocked South Korea; a crime with hundreds of victims, even more perpetrators, and dire effects and implications. This was also a deeply unusual case: It took place almost exclusively online. Directed by Choi Jin-seong, Netflix’s newest true-crime documentary Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror recounts these true events and the subsequent gruesome, nail-biting investigation.
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