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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When reading Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, a sharp and unsurprisingly superb new novella by Stephen King, one will naturally predict that an on-screen adaptation will bring with it the same level of scares, insight, and fun. Sadly, the new Netflix film, directed by The Blind Side’s John Lee Hancock and produced by camp horror aficionado Ryan Murphy, is nothing more than another disappointing take on a top-rate work from the beloved author.
Set in Maine (where else?), Mr. Harrigan’s Phone follows Craig (Jaeden Martell), a young boy who is enlisted by a mysterious billionaire, Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland), to read him old classics as his eyesight wanes. The reading sessions go on for years, and the odd pair become close – so close, in fact, that Craig buys Mr. Harrigan his first-ever iPhone. Harrigan becomes infatuated with his device, which leads Craig to stuff it into his coffin when he dies. Craig mourns his death, and the old man rests peacefully underground. The end.
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Netflix has removed the LGBTQ+ tag from Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story -- Ryan Murphy's dramatization of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's life -- after some noted that the categorization was inappropriate.
Quickly after the show's release, social media users began to complain about the tag, which was intended to reference Dahmer's presence in the LGBTQ+ community and the fact that he targeted gay and bisexual men. The overall consensus from those opposing the tag was that the marketing tactic was exploitative, and viewers searching for queer-focused content should see positive representation, not titles where LGBTQ+ folks are victimized.
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