Title: Catching Killers

Year: 2021

Genre:  Crime | Documentary |

Seasons: 1 |

Runtime:  50 min/episode

Director: Alex Emslie

Starring: John Ingram, Dave Reichert, Jim McIntyre


The investigators behind infamous serial killer cases reveal the harrowing, chilling details of their extraordinary efforts in this true-crime series. 


Producers of Catching Killers, Louise Norman, Tom Keeping, Lydia Delmonte, Alex Emslie on Netflix seems to not be knowing how to accurately and consistently produce a well-renowned true-crime series. Even with the good talking heads that elevate the story, no other content in the series gives the sense to even consider this a binge-able, watchable series.

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The music shifts by every frame in order to make it distracting and an annoying feature. It doesn’t matter how many ominous, eerie thuds, a sinister and gloomy soundtrack in the background you’ve, it won’t save the content. Not to mention the poorly constructed reenactment to make it look like it was as flashbacks, not all reenactments feel honest. It adds to the poorly investment in this cheap documentary series.

Most of the crime is fairy known killings with the Green River Killer, Aileen Wuornos and Happy face killer. Not a lot of new content is getting out during these talking heads. You’ll get a lot more from the murderers through an easy internet search. These reenactments are there in the series just as a filler, otherwise it probably would only be talking heads, just like with the documentary crew talking to these subjects, which are only amateurish to the matter. The editing is decent, nothing revolutionary. There’re social media contents that are edited better than this series.

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Even if the retired detective’s stories are captivating and some archive footage serves the main purpose, the whole concept is concealed as a cheap construct. With the endless shift of music, slow-motion and endless cuts to talking heads, it adds up to be a mediocre production that’s doesn’t land. This is another soulless true-crime series that Netflix has coughed up.


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