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Success of ‘Dahmer’ Leads Way for Murphy Anthology Series of Other Real Killers

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Netflix announced today that the success of Ryan Murphy’s Dahmer has inspired him to make an anthology series focusing on other real-life killers.

Dahmer: Monster the Jeffrey Dahmer Story has become the second most-watched show ever on Netflix, falling just behind Squid Game. That milestone is most likely what led to the greenlighting of another one-off chapter in the series. And having secured the highly prolific Ryan Murphy as their muse, the streamer may just have secured another hit.

But some have criticized both Murphy and Netflix for continuing to exploit mass killers under the guise of true crime. Dahmer wasn’t exactly graphic, but it was disturbing, and for the surviving victim and family members of the Wisconsin killer, revisiting the crime wasn’t exactly welcomed.

After the limited series was released, one Isbell family member tweeted that the victims weren’t happy about it.

“I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge right now, but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family (the Isbells) are pissed about this show. It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what?”

L: DaShawn Barnes as Rita Isbell, R: The real Rita Isbell

Rita Isbell, the sister to one of Dahmer’s victims, was the young woman who famously confronted him in the courtroom, calling him Satan. Isbell talked to Insider about the series, and her feelings regarding it:

“When I saw some of the show, it bothered me, especially when I saw myself — when I saw my name come across the screen and this lady saying verbatim exactly what I said. 

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought it was me. Her hair was like mine, she had on the same clothes. That’s why it felt like reliving it all over again. It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then.

I was never contacted about the show. I feel like Netflix should’ve asked if we mind or how we felt about making it. They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it.”

Murphy has said that his team did try to contact family members before filming, but didn’t hear back from anyone.

There is no word on what famous killer they will feature next. It might be in Murphy’s best interest to focus on a killer where enough time has passed that victims and family members are no longer living or the trauma isn’t so fresh.

Either way, it looks like the Murphy/Netflix machine is a force to be reckoned with. Along with their announcement of the Monster anthology, in the same breath, they confirm the second season of another Murphy hit series: The Watcher.

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Aubrey Plaza Wants to be the Next Tim Burton With ‘Hocus Pocus’ Like Film

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Aubrey Plaza has long been a self-affirmed “sea hag”. Her dark personality and sense of humor has long been a favorite of ours. Now, with her production company, Evil Hag Productions, she intends to make a family-friendly film that is something like Tim Burton meets Hocus Pocus.

While talking to GQ, Plaza said that she would like to “…fill the Tim Burton slot” by putting together her first directorial effort. The family-friendly affair is said to be a mix of Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus.

Plaza can currently be seen in Evil Hag Production’s Emily the Criminal and on HBO’s White Lotus season 2.

We can’t wait to see what Plaza has to offer in her directorial efforts. It would be great to see her built a brand and aesthetic as awesome as Burton’s.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Finds Danger Right Outside

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M. Night Shyamalan’s next film is already on its way. The ominous Knock at the Cabin is incredibly intriguing, especially since the first trailer gave away so little. The first poster for Knock at the Cabin is just as ominous as the teaser.

Shyamalan’s last film Old, played up the Twilight Zone like mystery and took it to Sci-Fi levels. Knock at the Cabin looks to trump that and move far into the horror/thriller genre.

The synopsis for Knock at the Cabin goes like this:

“While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.”

Knock at the Cabin arrives in theaters beginning February 3.

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‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives Us One of the Wildest Posters of the Year

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Elizabeth Banks has decided to grace our eyeballs with one of the wildest titles, posters and film synopsis’ of the past decade. I’m of course talking about Cocaine Bear. This true story is one of those that you have to see to believe. But, the title is exactly what you think it is.

Kentucky 1985 was the time and place. A really unlucky bear ingested a lot of cocaine that was dropped in the woods by a smuggler. Unfortunately, the bear died from an overdose but not before going on a real rager beforehand.

Deadline’s synopsis for Cocaine Bear is as follows:

“The movie finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.”

The film stars Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Cocaine Bear comes raging into theaters February 24.

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