Netflix has hit it out of the park recently with their collection of true crime documentaries chronicling some of the most dangerous and deranged men and women in human history, but their most recent offering Don’t F*ck with Cats is on a whole different level.
Don’t F**k with Cats starts out as one film but evolves into a whole different beast. It begins with a group of pissed off Facebook users trying to track down the person responsible for a disturbing video that has surfaced online in which an unknown male graphically tortures and kills two kittens. Horrified by what they have witnessed, the group begins to dig into the deepest corners of the internet in the hopes of uncovering the killers’ identity, utilizing skills that would make even Scotland Yard jealous. But little did they know that their obsession would lead them into a cat and mouse game with one of the most notorious whackos in modern-history, Luka Rocco Magnotta.
A quick Google search will tell you everything you need to know about Luka Magnotta. An unhinged narcissist, Magnotta (real name Eric Newman) looked like an extra for America’s Next Top Model, but beyond his boyish good looks, he hid a dark desire, one that led him to murder and dismembers the body of international student Jun Lin before posting a video of the murder online and fleeing to Europe.
Over the course of three thrilling episodes, we follow the story of Magnotta’s life as the sicko who kills cats, to the psychopath who sends his victims body parts through the post. We meet the police officials investigating his shocking crime and watch as they break down in fits of tears while reliving the shocking snuff movie footage he so proudly published on the internet, and come face to face with the man himself as he is interviewed by police following his arrest – claiming he was blackmailed into committing the crimes by a shadowy (and likely fictional) figure known simply as “Manny”.
Throughout the series, the amateur sleuths involved in the chase continually question whether they are complicit in Luka’s crimes because, by giving him so much attention, they may have inadvertently given him the audience he always longed for to make himself famous. This is compounded in the closing moments when chief keyboard warrior and defacto narrator Deanna Thompson turns to the camera and points the finger of guilt at all of us for watching the show. This is a dose of reality that is a little hard to swallow, but she has a point. Of course, this is exactly what Netflix wants – and we’re sure Magnotta would be just as thrilled if he found out about the success of Don’t F**k with Cats.
This beautifully presented docu-series is one of the most uncomfortable viewing experiences in recent memory, but it is a journey worth taking. You’ll come for the intrigue of the title, but you’ll stay for the thrill of the chase.
Beard Score: 10/10
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