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2020-04-29 08:23:00

Don’t F*** With Cats: 10 Trigger Warnings You Should Know

Netflix’s recent original, Don’t F*** With Cats, has gotten a lot of mixed reactions due to its incredibly dark content. For those that do not know, the three episode documentary follows the story of the chase for Luka Magnotta, a man who posted animal abuse videos online and later murdered someone and posted that video up as well.

While the interviews and investigative content may attract any true crime fan, there is a lot in the series that is hard to swallow and has made many viewers warn others against seeing Don’t F*** With Cats. Some people on Twitter are even writing down all the parts that people should skip.

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So what is all the fuss about? Well, we highly recommend that you read this list before you consider watching the film. Here are ten trigger warnings you should know before you decide whether or not you want to watch Don’t F*** With Cats. If you are easily disturbed, then we recommend that you just read the headers, as we do get a bit into detail about the scenes we are warning about.

10 The Murder of Lin Jun

The documentary has gotten criticism for focusing more on the animal abuse than the international student who was murdered, Lin Jun. However, that may be due to the victim’s family wanting some privacy. We do recommend reading his fathers’ public statement though.

A trigger warning is that Lin Jun’s murder is still discussed in great detail in the documentary. You see little of the video of the act, but you do see the beginning with him unconscious before he is killed.

9 Scared Animals

While the documentary at least has the mercy to not show its viewers the entirety of the snuff videos that the killer uploaded, they still show some clips.

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These clips include seeing the animals before he hurts them, and they look absolutely terrified and confused. That alone can be enough to make some viewers sick, especially when you know what is about to happen to the animal.

8 Very Descriptive Interviews

The interviews are great and fascinating, and its easy to look up to the people who took down Luka Magnotta. However, they are very descriptive about his crimes. Even if you don’t see the killers’ gross snuff videos in the documentary, you can definitely see what he does with just your minds’ eye and what the interviewees are saying. They describe the life leaving the eyes of the kittens and the horrid discovery of Lin Jun’s cut up body in the garbage.

7 You Hear Some Of The Snuff Videos

Again, they do not show the full videos made by the killer. However, you do hear a lot of them. He puts music to a lot of his videos, which is really sick.

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In his first film, where he kills kittens by putting them in a vacuum sealed bag, you watch an interviewee try to watch the whole film so you just hear the vacuum and the rest is left up to your abusive imagination as you watch a woman break down crying.

6 Disturbing Trailer

Netflix has got a lot of complaints about this trailer auto-playing, and so they made it so it does not auto-play anymore. Originally, the documentary was on the forefront of the menu of the streaming service. If the audience did not move away from the documentary quick enough, the trailer would play. The trailer is obviously disturbing considering the films content, so a lot of people who did not even want to see any of the film still accidentally saw clips they wish they never saw.

Some people have even given the film a thumbs down just so that they never have it in their menu to remind them that it exists.

5 Jin Lun’s Body

Besides Jin Lun’s murder, the details of the condition his body was found in is very disturbing. His body was made into pieces and put in the garbage for police to later uncover. They do not spare us from the details. For those who don’t know, the killer actually mailed body parts to the Canadian government. So that is also discussed.

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One of the police interviewed describe the later part of the film where Jin Lun is killed. What she describes is nightmarish and gets to the point where she can’t continue and starts crying.

4 Shows Dead Cats

At one point, the killer publishes a video where he plays with dead kittens. The documentary shows it. Some viewers have said its not so bad since the kittens look more like dolls at that point, but the truth still stands: those are dead kittens.

This has gotten the documentary a lot of backlash, as it does not seem to follow the rules of its own title by sharing some of the disturbing cat footage that the killer wanted to have spread in the first place.

3 A Puppy Is Also Killed (Though Not On Camera)

During the murder of Jin Lun, there was a puppy barking in the background. When the police discover Jin Lun’s body, they also discover the body of a dead puppy. One of the police interviewed also mentions that in the video, there is a part where the killer is pointing a knife at the puppy. At that point though, she says that she walked out.

2 Emotional Interviews

This might sound dumb next to the other content, but you see really damaged people on this documentary. We don’t blame them after everything they’ve seen, but it can hurt to see another human just have raw misery on camera. Its about the murder, the videos, and the animal abuse. Talking about it can re-open wounds and that happens a couple times on camera.

1 The Film Ends On A Sour Note

For those that are able to watch the film to the end, the ending is pretty depressing. While Magnotta is in prison, the documentary concludes that its possible that they are actually giving the killer what he always wanted: fame. One of the interviewees even breaks the fourth wall and tells the viewer that they may be giving the killer what he wants by watching this documentary.

So if you are traumatized, this film does not plan to comfort you. It does quite the opposite and leaves you feeling like a bad person for sticking with the documentary until the end.

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2019-12-23 01:12:38

Allison Stalberg

God’s Trigger Review: A Pulpy, Enjoyable Shooter

God’s Trigger is an outrageous and chaotic top-down shooter with a robust co-operative mode and plenty enough action to cover up its clunkier moments.

The apocalypse has always been a great source of inspiration for video games. Whether the Biblical destruction of Darksiders or the dark world of The Last of Us, the end of the world has come in many shapes and sizes. The latest game to dive into this theme is God’s Trigger from developer One More Level.

In God’s Trigger, the apocalypse is on the brink of being set off. Enter an angel named Harry and a demon named Judy, who must form an awkward alliance to stop Hell from literally breaking loose, heading after the four horsemen in the process. Along the way, all sorts of bloody hijinks ensue as the pair cut a violent path through enemy hordes.

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The most obvious comparison to make for God’s Trigger is Hotline Miami. The Dennaton Games titles also had a top-down viewpoint and buckets of gore, but tonally the two properties are very different. When it comes to Hotline Miami, this boiled down to that sheen of a video nasty, with both games drenched in 1980s neon as much as claret.

God’s Trigger is much more light-hearted. With tongue firmly planted in its cheek, God’s Trigger is knowing with its over-the-top violence, revelling in its outrageous tone with a light-hearted attitude. This comic book styling follows through to its overall art direction, relishing in the opportunity to offer up a pulp quality akin to beloved railgun shooter House of the Dead: Overkill.

The Hotline Miami similarity is most apparent within its gameplay, though. God’s Trigger also dives into the viewpoint seen in arcade classics like Smash TV, as players go from room to room hunting down enemies with ruthless efficiency. This means utilizing the angel and devil duo’s abilities and weapons scavenged from goons to clear maps of unwitting minions.

The levels themselves are maze-like, occasionally offering alternate pathways at times that suit different playstyles. Those after a stealthy approach, which offers additional experience at the expense of acquiring weapons or keeping up a speedy pace, may choose a series of rooms where enemies can be picked off individually, whereas those after a full-on attack will find areas that suit them better.

Both Judy the demon and Harry the angel also have their specialities. The two characters have different attacks and various magic skills that can be used, whether turning invisible, confusing groups of enemies, or turning one enemy unit against the others to thin out numbers. In single-player mode, this character swap mechanic adds a dose of ingenuity to gameplay, with players thinking on their feet as to which character suits which moment better.

This isn’t just an arbitrary choice of character for any given moment, either. Akin to Shadows: Awakening, both Harry and Judy are needed at certain moments. This could be using Judy’s ability to ghost through grates, or Harry’s power to get through certain walls. Since both characters level up separately, it’s also important to use both in a fairly equal amount to make sure their skill sets are boosted throughout the game.

Although a required swap between these two playable characters may feel like a chore, in reality the fun gameplay is enough to stop players from feeling that this mechanic is too forced. Equally, God’s Trigger makes the decision to include a checkpoint system rather than make the player start the mission over from scratch with each one-hit death – something that players may appreciate given the occasional lengthy level with tricky sections to navigate.

Although the character swap method in single player works well, it’s fair to say that God’s Trigger is best enjoyed in local co-op. This multiplayer mode is a genuine treat, with one player taking the role of Harry and the other as Judy, causing chaos in tandem. God’s Trigger is decent enough in single player, but those users who have a friend on the couch next to them will find a much more enjoyable experience.

When it comes down to it, God’s Trigger works very well. Its occasional awkward moments with gameplay are eased by the fun of different powers and a quick checkpoint system, and its cheesy story and tone are infectious in their enthusiasm. Those after a good dose of simple fun could do a lot worse than turning to God’s Trigger for some help.

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God’s Trigger is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Screen Rant was provided with a PS4 download code for the purposes of this review.

2019-04-22 08:04:41

Rob Gordon