Source: Mental Floss
Tabloid (2010) – Filmmaker Errol Morris details the unusual love affair between beauty queen Joyce McKinney and Kirk Anderson, who alleged McKinney kidnapped and assaulted him after believing he had been brainwashed by the Mormon church. That’s only the beginning of this twisty—and twisted—story,
Available on Hulu.
Beware the Slenderman (2016) – In 2014, two Wisconsin girls came to a disturbing decision. In order to appease the “Slenderman,” an internet-sourced boogeyman, they would attempt to murder a classmate. The victim survived, but three lives had been altered forever.
My Kid Could Paint That (2007) – At the age of four, upstate New York resident Marla Olmstead began painting sprawling abstract art that her parents sold for premium prices. Later, a CBS “60 Minutes” report called into question whether Marla had some assistance with her work. Was she a child prodigy or simply a creative girl who had a little help? And if she did, should it matter?
Available on Amazon.
Hands On a Hardbody (1997) – How far would you be willing to go for a new pickup truck? That’s the deceptively simple premise for this documentary chronicling an endurance contest in Longview, Texas, where participants agree to keep one hand on a vehicle at all times. The last person standing wins. What begins as a group seeking a prize evolves into a battle of attrition with all the psychological games and mental fortitude that comes with it.
Available on iTunes.
I Think We’re Alone Now (2008) – Celebrity fandom gets a critical examination in director Sean Donnelly’s profile of two people who spend an inordinate amount of time following the career of 1980s pop star Tiffany Darwish, a.k.a. Tiffany. Ostensibly a cautionary tale about deifying strangers, Donnelly is more interested in presenting his subjects as human beings who clearly went through experiences that caused them to embrace a rather unhealthy obsession.
Available on Amazon.
See the rest of the list at Mental Floss.
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