The internet has exploded that cat documentary on Netflix. Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer. First and foremost, I love cats. I also like many furry creatures. I’m currently babysitting 2 little fat fish and three guinea pigs for the Christmas holidays. I have a water lizard that has held residence in my back yard for a number of years. My kids named him Foxy and he likes watermelon. Don’t F**k With Cats, threatens to unravel all that. Is it just an exploitative cat torture series. Apparently. I’ve seen posts on Facebook about not being able to watch the documentary because of hysterical crying. Others claim it will mess you up. This crime documentary is less about messing with animals and more about the criminal behind it. It’s interesting AF and if you’re wondering about that cat documentary just watch it.
I’m too inquisitive for my own good and there were so many posts about this subject I put in on last night and buckled in. I’m here to tell you, it’s not that bad. In fact, it’s not even bad. If you watch the evening news at night and are able to sit through reports of Wombats being stoned to death or horses dying of starvation then you’ll absolutely be fine after watching this one.
What’s Sort of Imagery Does it Contain? Does the Series Show Cat Torture?
What you’ll see going in for this one is hardly anything at all. The subject of the story is the perpetrator and how they tracked him down. Sure, there is half an episode about ‘Rule Zero’ and that includes a blow-by-blow account of what Luca Magnotta did to the four cats and one puppy. You will even see some footage of the kittens while still alive and a still frame of the puppy. But what you won’t see is the act itself. Anything shown on the camera is blurred or pixelated. The sound is muted in all but one frame where you can hear a puppy bark. You’ll see the frightened eyes of one of our furry victims prior to this guy ending their life. Again though, nothing is shown to us, the viewer.
Are You Sure?
Look, I’m not going to say my bar for horrific scenes is higher or lower than someone else. I’m sure this particular story has sent a few people into a pretty low state knowing there are people out there like this. Again though, the daily news events sometimes make me emit some kind of liquid from my cold, cold eyes. but what the filmmakers show is the people telling the story watching the videos and how they are reacting to what they’re seeing.
So Why Should I Watch It?
I’m not going to lie, this documentary was great. It’s short and it’s told in a nonexploitative way. Unless of course, you’re the antagonist’s mother and think that living in a crack pipe is more your cup of tea. The story, however, is all about how a Facebook group and eventually 18 months later, the police got on board to hunt this guy down. The story is riveting. Luca Magnotta is the kind of villain a writer of films could probably dream up but that the rest of us cinephiles eat up with a spoon.
His story is a tangled web of everything you’ve ever wanted in a horror movie. There are enough movie references throughout that you will be hard-pressed to contain the excitement of how this narrative travels along. Why are there movie references you ask? This nut case was the type of crazy that linked everything to films he loved. From his backstory of trying to gain notoriety via the internet to his eventual acts of violence against animals, it will blow your mind just how the world contains someone like this guy.
The final scenes of this documentary are poignant and reflective. The vicious cycle of what some people will do for fame is incredible. And Don’t F**k With Cats is not something you should be afraid of watching. It’s something people should watch to understand the gravity of just how big the internet is.
I give Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
4 people are sick f**ks out of 5
- MORE NETFLIX DOCUMENTARIES: Dirty John is another crazy story you’ll be hard-pressed to believe is true.
- Horror Movies: AMI / Sleepless Beauty
- TRUE CRIME: Lost girls is about the Long Island serial killer.
- Documentary: Texas Trip: A Carnival of Ghosts / Fake Blood is an indie film from Rob Grant