The following article contains discussions of sexual assault.
Netflix’s new documentary Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 offers viewers an inside look at the failed Woodstock festival. Including interviews with attendees, staff and organisers, the documentary shows how poorly prepared the festival was, leading to fires and the destruction of property by spectators. This lifts the veil on the greed and victim-blaming surrounding the event which was intended to promote peace.
There are many documentaries that enlighten and shock viewers like Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99. Some events and situations are so unbelievable while others are puzzling. From unsolved murders to mismanaged amusement parks, these documentaries will keep viewers captivated from start to finish.
ten Don’t Fuck With Cats: Hunt an Internet Killer
A group of internet sleuths are investigating a video circulating online of a man placing two kittens in a vacuum bag and killing them in the process. Don’t Fuck With Cats: Hunt An Internet Killer. The group launched a Facebook page to share theories and evidence to uncover the killer. The documentary features interviews with Canadian law enforcement and is incredibly disturbing.
Internet sleuths did a tremendous job cracking the case, but were unable to convince law enforcement that the video was a springboard for murderous behavior. The three-part documentary will leave viewers disgusted and traumatized as the killer goes from killing kittens to murdering humans.
9 Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story
tiger king making waves during the pandemic, but tracking Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story is compelling for completely different reasons. The series reviews the upbringing of Doc Antle (birth name Kevin Antle), living in Yogaville, and his experience raising exotic animals. With plenty of interviews with former girlfriends and staff, viewers won’t be surprised at Antle’s behavior after watching tiger king.
The series is a deeper look at disgusting behavior towards women and animals. It reveals Doc Antle’s predatory grooming behavior towards children. Although animal abuse is a subject of the series, it is not the main attraction. Viewers will wonder how this man escaped from prison based on interviews with those close to him.
8 Mom dead and darling
Mom dead and darling covers Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s treatment growing up that led her and her boyfriend to murder her mother, Dee Dee. The documentary is Proxy’s shocking insight into Munchhausen. Dee Dee convinced those around her that Gypsy suffered from chronic illnesses, including leukemia and muscular dystrophy. However, she was completely healthy, and Dee Dee forced her to take medication and use a wheelchair under the pretense that she needed it.
The Blanchards have benefited from the alleged illnesses with backstage concert passes and free trips to Walt Disney World through charitable foundations. Viewers will wonder how Dee Dee managed to convince healthcare providers and foundations without properly documenting Gypsy’s alleged illnesses and why there was no intervention sooner.
seven The gardians
Unsolved Murder of a Nun is the subject of Netflix The gardians. The seven-part docuseries chronicles the 1969 murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and the ensuing investigation after she was suspected of sexual abuse by a priest. The series is a disturbing look at the Catholic Church in the 60s and 70s.
With interviews from his family, former students, colleagues and law enforcement, it’s easy to wonder if his death was a cover-up by the Church. The series also contains encounters of victims of Father Maskell. However The gardians helped break the case, viewers will forever be outraged by the way the investigation was conducted.
6 Food, Inc.
Food, Inc. will encourage viewers to change their diet. The documentary is an in-depth look at food production and farming as a business. The mistreatment of farm animals and the deplorable living conditions are disgusting and underscore the need for better laws. It also delves into food safety laws and regulations, discussing cheap ways to produce food instead of healthy.
Food, Inc. advocates for better food sources and better treatment of animals, farmers and consumers. Although it provides solutions such as eating organic and supporting local farmers, the food industry will continue to be an ongoing problem if there are no changes at the government level. Food, Inc. leaves a bad taste in the mouth of any viewer.
5 Class Action Park
Opened in 1978 in New Jersey, Action Park was the amusement park without rules, as chronicled in Class Action Park. Known for its particularly dangerous rides, like an enclosed waterslide that does a full loop, the docuseries introduces viewers to everything that’s wrong with the park. From land disputes and even a death cover-up, viewers will wonder how the park was able to remain open for so many years without intervention.
Rules and regulations weren’t enforced, and teenagers meant to be security and lifeguards were more concerned with logging in than keeping park visitors safe. Class Action Park features a shocking theme park with poorly designed rides and a lax drinking age. The culture of neglect it created has caused countless injuries and too many deaths. The rides and stories featured in the documentary seem too terrible to be true.
4 black fish
black fish highlights the dangers of keeping killer whales in captivity by focusing on Tilikum, an orca who lived primarily at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. The documentary features interviews with former SeaWorld trainers and footage of orca attacks in captivity. It explores the life of killer whales in captivity compared to killer whales in the wild, offering evidence of the declining quality of life once in captivity.
Seeing the horrific treatment of the orcas makes the audience think. black fish is a social commentary on the use of wild animals for entertainment and the dangers it imposes on both humans and animals, advocating keeping killer whales in the wild. This will surely make viewers hesitate to visit such establishments in the future.
3 Closed for the storm
Closed for the storm is an in-depth look at Six Flags New Orleans as it was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina. Originally Jazzland, the theme park started losing money before being bought out by Six Flags. After the major hurricane caused extensive damage, the business chose not to repair and not to reopen. The documentary features interviews with participants, former staff and local politicians.
The cost was allegedly too high to repair and reopen the rides, so Six Flags decided to close the park. Although there have been plans for development over the years, the park still remains derelict. Pictures show all that remains, including old computers and rides. The way the government and corporations have mismanaged the park is sure to make viewers shiver.
2 Be Gentle: Pray and Obey
Viewers will be shocked by the sexual, physical and psychological abuse shown in Be Gentle: Pray and Obey. The four-part documentary features interviews with former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its leader Warren S. Jeffs. Survivors tell of being forced to marry Jeffs when they were preteens, alongside tapes of forced sexual encounters.
Not to be confused with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the shift formed by Jeffs believes in polygamy and female oppression. Viewers will be disgusted by Jeffs’ actions and how he used religion to force others into submission. The documentary will leave viewers uneasy, but it is a very bingeable docu-series about cults as well as an important look at a religious cult and the survivors.
1 Fyre: The Biggest Party That Ever Happened
Viewers are likely familiar with the failed musical event that was the Fyre Festival in 2017. Fyre: The Biggest Party That Ever Happened is a look back at what went wrong from the start and throughout the event. The festival grew thanks to the promotion of celebrities on social networks. However, behind the scenes reveals that it was never going to be a hit.
The event has been mismanaged from the start and viewers will be left disappointed by the organizers. Featuring interviews as well as footage and photos from the event shared on social media, the documentary is an examination of expectations versus reality. Social media promotions created an expectation that could not be met.
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