The Black Mirror TV series is available on Netflix for your viewing pleasure, or maybe I mean for your viewing discomfort. Let me explain. Black Mirror is described as a science fiction anthology programme. Each episode is a stand-alone work that takes the viewer into a different world or time in the future and makes the viewer consider both the impact and the consequences of technology on humanity. (wiki.com)
The first episode involves the kidnapping of a British Princess and the stomach-churning ransom demand that the British Prime Minister must have intercourse with a pig on live television. Yup, you read that right. Things just get more complicated from there. But talk about a hook. I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what the heck will happen next. Yet, I could not help but sympathize with all involved and wonder if this will be a new type of terrorism in the not too distant future.
There are three series worth of Black Mirror on Netflix currently with a fourth series coming out December 29, 2017. So get watching if you haven’t had the discomfort of doing so already.
Black Mirror TV Series
Directors – many different people have taken a turn at directing an episode of Black Mirror, and in the fourth season, you can see the direction of Jodie Foster, David Slade and John Hillcoat.
Created by – Charlie Brooker
Show Runners – Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones
Released – December 2011 by Channel 4 in Britain. In September 2015 Netflix bought the programme and its popularity grew in North America
Starring- with every episode being a stand-alone project there have been numerous actors that have appeared in Black Mirror. Some of them are :
Daniel Kaluuya, Jerome Flynn, Kelly Macdonald, Rory Kinnear, Rafe Spall, Jon Hamm, Rupert Everett, and Bryce Dallas Howard
There is a much more complete list of actors at imdb.com.
I know that I am going to set aside some time to binge on series 4 of Black Mirrorwhen it arrives on Netflix. As Brad Miska who wrote the article, One Episode of Netflix’s“Black Mirror” is a Complete Horror Anthology for bloody-disgusting.com says the episode entitled “Black Museum is [in-depth and well rounded enough] to be a complete horror movie within an episode of an anthology series!” The episode was directed by Colm McCarthy and “feels right out of the Tales From the Crypt universe, focusing on a crime museum showcasing high-tech misdeeds.” (Dec. 7,2017. Miska)
I know that I will treat Black Museum with the same amount of attention that I would give to any well written and well-acted movie. Popcorn will not be consumed because I want to catch every subtle detail and bit of dialogue.
Amazon has an amazing selection of all genres of movies. Blueray, DVD’s and even streaming. They have great prices too. I wanted to share with you 13 of my favorite scary movies on Amazon. Buckle up…let’s go
The 13 Best Scary Movies on Amazon
#13. Would You Rather
Director – David Guy Levy
Released- February 8, 2013 (USA)
Starring – Brittany Snow as Iris, Jeffrey Combs as Shepard Lambrick, John Heard as Conway, and Sasha Grey as Amy
Summary- Eight people are trapped in a mansion by a sadistic madman who forces them to play an increasingly deadly game of “Would You Rather?” This movie is not only a bit gory but is also a psychological thriller.
#12 Grave Encounters
Directors – The Vicious Brothers ( a.k.a. Colin Minihan & Stuart Ortiz)
Released – 2011
Starring – Sean Rogerson as Lance Preston, Ashleigh Gryzko as Sasha Parker, Juan Riedinger as Matt White, Ben Wilkinson as Jerry Hartfield, and Merwin Mondesir as T.C. Gibson
This “found footage” genre movie is about a crew of young people that search for ghosts and the proof of life after death in an abandoned mental asylum. It is scary on so many levels.
#11 The Abandoned
Director – Eytan Rockaway
Released – January 8, 2016 (USA)
Starring – Louisa Krause as Streak, Jason Patric as Cooper, and Mark Margolis as Jim
A mentally unstable woman working as a security guard in a dilapidated building when she makes a horrifying discovery.
#10 The Other Side of the Door
Director – Johannes Roberts
Released – 2016
Starring – Sarah Wayne Callies as Maria, Logan Creran as Oliver, Jeremy Sisto as Michael, Sofia Rosinsky as Lucy, and Suchitra Pillai as Piki
A mother seeks to speak with her young son Oliver, who died tragically but ignores a warning she was given about the Temple she visits in order to say her last goodbye. This causes a blurring of the line that divides life and death.
#9 Insidious Chapter 2
Director – James Wan
Released – September 13, 2013
Starring – Rose Byrne as Renai Lambert, Patrick Wilson as Josh Lambert, Ty Simpkins as Dalton Lambert, Barbara Hershey as Lorraine Lambert, and Lin Shaye as Elise Rainier
The Lambert family wants to resume their ordinary life now that their son is no longer possessed by evil spirits. But Renai’s husband Josh is now the one possessed. To try to save Josh from the malevolent forces Lorraine Lambert must work with her ghost-hunting friends as they investigate the family’s past
#8 The Girl in the Photograph
Director – Nick Simon
Released – April 1, 2016 (USA)
Starring – Kal Penn as Peter Hemmings, Claudia Lee as Colleen, Kenny Wormald as Chris, and Toby Hemingway as Ben
A young lady in a small town begins receiving photographs of savagely murdered young women. Are they real? Why are they being sent to her? Is there a sick jokester or a serial killer taunting her?
#7 Silent Hill
Director – Christophe Gans
Released – 2006
Starring – Radha Mitchell as Rose Da Silva, Sean Bean as Christopher Mitchell, and Laurie Holden as Cybil Bennet
Rose is searching for her daughter that she believes has gone missing within the confines of the very strange, foggy, and desolate town of Silent Hill. Based on the video game of the same name.
#6 Sinister 2
Director – Ciaran Foy
Released – August 21, 2015 (USA)
Starring – James Ransone as Ex-Deputy, Shannyn Sossamon as Courtney Collins, Robert Sloan as Dylan Collins, Dartanian Sloan as Zach Collins, and Lea Coco as Clint Collins
A mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that is “marked for death.” The Deputy tries to save this family from the fate of being victimized, or worse, by the demon Bhughul.
#5 You’re Next
Director – Adam Wingard
Released – August 28, 2013(USA)
Starring – Sharni Vinson as Erin, Nicholas Tucci as Felix, Wendy Glenn as Zee, and AJ Bowen as Crispian
The Davison family is on an anniversary getaway when a gang of killers attacks them. The gang will learn that one of their victims has a hidden talent for revenge.
#4 The Windmill
Director – Nick Jongerius
Released – October 25, 2016 (USA)
Starring – Patrick Baladi as Douglas West, Ben Batt as Jackson, and Charlotte Beaumont as Jennifer Harris
Jennifer is on the run from her past when she ends up in Amsterdam. In an attempt to continue running she joins a bus tour of Holland’s famous windmills. Adventure, fear, and secrets collide when the bus breaks down near a sinister windmill that has an evil past.
#3 Green Room
Director – Jeremy Saulnier
Released – May 13, 2016 (USA)
Starring – Anton Yelchin as Pat, Joe Cole as Reece, Alia Shawkat as Sam, and Callum Turner as Tiger
A band accidentally stumbles on a murder being committed by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. The skinheads then want to eliminate the only witnesses.
#2 It Follows
Director – David Robert Mitchell
Released – March 27, 2015 (USA)
Starring – Maika Monroe as Jay Height, Keir Gilchrist as Paul, and Olivia Luccardi as Yara
Jay is 19 as she should be living life to the fullest. After a seemingly regular type of sexual encounter, Jay feels that she is being followed by a spirit. Jay also begins to have strange visions and she and her friends try to rid her of the horror she is experiencing.
#1 Evil Dead
Director – Sam Raimi
Released – April 15, 1983 (USA)
Starring – Bruce Campbell as “Ash” Williams, Ellen Sandweiss as Cheryl, and Betsy Baker as Linda
Five college students find a book and an audio tape in a remote cabin. When the incantations are read aloud it releases an evil that will kill them off during the night. The lone survivor is left with the evil dead and fighting for survival until dawn breaks.
In this post, we are going to dive into the Mindhunter series on Netflix and the real-life inspiration for the FBI agents and the serial killers portrayed on the show. Buckle up, there are some real freaks out there.
I read this book years ago. I have been intrigued by the work that John Douglas did in the FBI and he was a pioneer in the Behavioural Sciences Unit.
John Douglas entered the FBI in 1970 after he was approached while working out at a gym by an FBI agent who asked him if he would be interested in joining the bureau. He began his FBI career as a sniper, he then became a hostage negotiator, and in 1977 he joined the BSU and created the Criminal Profiling Program. When you see an episode of CriminalMinds and hear all the psychological jargon that the characters throw around while profiling an UNSUB know that John Douglas helped create and teach those techniques to real-life law enforcement and FBI agents. (telegraph.co.uk)
John Douglas used interviews with serial killers to learn about their motives, their childhoods, and even their insights into other killers behaviours. Through these interviews, Douglas began to notice that patterns emerged in the childhood of serial killers. Serial killers come from dysfunctional families and in particular, they have a love/hate dynamic in the relationship with their mother. Oddly, fathers were not often a negative influence. Serial killers tend to be bedwetters beyond a normal age, they tend to set fires, and they often show sadistic behaviour towards animals during their childhood years. (telegraph.co.uk)
The monsters that John Douglas interviewed during his FBI career were often well known. Douglas interviewed Ed Kemper, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz (the Son of Sam), Richard Speck, Jerry Brudos, and John Wayne Gacy to name a few.
John Douglas sacrificed a lot of family time, and even his own health to do his work. His work days were filled with crime scenes, crime photos, and the most disturbing forms of human violence. He struggled with maintaining a “normal” family life and marriage during his years with the FBI. John Douglas had trouble sleeping and just turning off his work brain. He was haunted by past cases and was determined to catch killers before they took the lives of more victims. It is hard to imagine that he did not lose his own humanity through it all. Douglas almost lost his life to his career. He caught viral encephalitis and had a fever so high that it “fried his brain” as the doctor’s said. The doctors were amazed at his recovery as they thought he would be in a vegetative state. Not only did he recover but he went back to work and continued to profile and catch serial killers. Douglas retired from the FBI in 1995 at the age of 49. He had spent 25 years in the bureau
Serial Killers and Mass Murderers
In the Mindhunter series on Netflix the character Holden Ford (loosely based on John Douglas) and portrayed by actor Jonathon Groff and the character Bill Tench played by actor Holt McCallany interview convicted serial killers. In season one they spend time talking with Edmund Kemper who was known as the Co-Ed Killer, Jerry Brudos who was known as the Shoe Fetish Killer, as well as Richard Speck who was a mass murderer.
The interview subjects are all different, not just in the way they killed, but why they killed. Ed Kemper is still alive and is a giant of a man. His physical presence alone is very intimidating and his intelligence is unnerving. I cannot imagine the courage and perseverance it must have taken for John Douglas to spend time talking with this monster. Ed Kemper’s crimes are very disturbing and I will write a separate post to explore them. But for now, I will let you know that Kemper killed his paternal grandparents when he was a teenager, several young women, and his own mother when he was an adult.
Jerry Brudos was caught and imprisoned in 1969. He fits into the pattern of all other serial killers in that he had a dysfunctional family and an overbearing mother. Jerry had a fetish about women’s high heeled shoes that began at the tender age of five. Brudos killed at least 4 women in Oregon during the 1960s. He died in prison in 2006. Brudos was also a large man and the interviews that are portrayed in the Mindhunter series are intense and disturbing.
Another real-life killer whose interview is dramatized in the Mindhunter series was with Richard Speck. Speck was different from the other two imprisoned men portrayed in the series. Speck was a mass murderer, not a serial killer, meaning that he committed murder at one time, in one place, as opposed to those that commit murders on different days, in different locations and sometimes over years. Richard Speck was drunk when he stumbled upon his victims when he knocked on the door of a nurse’s home. He bound and gagged the first nurse who answered the door and as each nurse came home he would do the same to them. Speck was surprised when each nurse came home. He ended up killing eight of the women and left the first nurse alive because “he lost count.” Richard Speck was classified by the FBI’s Criminal Profiling Program as a disorganized killer. Richard Speck died in prison in 1991 of a heart attack.
Mindhunter series on Netflix-Original Series
The Mindhunter series debuted on Netflix on October 13, 2017.
Created by: Joe Penhall
Executive Producers: David Fincher, Charlize Theron, Josh Donen, and Cean Chaffin
Jonathon Groff as Holden Ford
Holt McCallany as Bill Tench
and Anna Torv as Dr. Wendy Carr
This series in 10 episodes long and they average an hour in length. Mindhunter is absolutely binge-worthy. It is interesting, well acted, well written, thought-provoking, and disturbing. It reminded me of my interest in the criminal mind and that I could never actually spend time with serial killers. I have bought more of the books written by John Douglas and his writing partner Mark Olshaker and may find myself writing more about their experiences.