Netflix Fans Horrified By ‘Most Disturbing’ Film Yet As Dark Scenes Sicken Them

Cleveland Abduction has been described as the 'most disturbing' film to drop on Netflix.
Credit: Lifetime

Netflix viewers have been left horrified by its ‘most disturbing’ film yet. 

There are plenty of dark movies and TV shows on the streaming platform, however, some go under the radar.

One such film has led people to X (formerly Twitter), where they’ve shared their disbelief.

“It is so scary and stomach-churning,” one viewer writes.

Another says: “The movie is so graphic and horrifying to watch.”

“Crying my eyes out,” comments a third person.

While someone else pens: “That has to be one of the most heartbreaking, gut-wrenching stories I’ve ever heard of.”

Cleveland Abduction (2015).
The movie has gone under the radar until recently. Credit: Lifetime

The TV movie, directed by Alex Kalyminios, stars Orange Is the New Black star Taryn Manning, The Closer‘s Raymond Cruz, and Justice League‘s Joe Morton.

It’s based on the kidnapping of three Cleveland women in the early 2000s and the memoir ‘Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed’ by Michelle Knight.

The drama’s description reads: “Abducted and held captive for 11 years by Ariel Castro, three women form an unlikely bond due to their shared trauma before they are rescued.”

Cleveland kidnappings.
The disturbing film is based on a horrific true story.

Between 2002 and 2004, Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus were kidnapped by Castro and held captive at his home in Tremont, a neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio.

All three remained imprisoned at the house of horrors until 2013 when Berry successfully escaped.

Knight, DeJesus, and Berry’s six-year-old daughter – who she gave birth to while captive – were then freed. Castro was arrested.

Castro would be sentenced to life imprisonment, plus 1,000 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

At his sentencing, he claimed he suffered from addictions to s** and p***ography, stating (per NBC News): “I’m not a monster. I’m sick.”

Ariel Castro
Ariel Castro died just one month into his life sentence. Credit: Alamy

Just one month into his sentence, the 53-year-old took his own life.

According to a report on Castro’s death from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, via CNN, he penned a note saying that those who confessed with their heart ‘will be saved.’

He reportedly wrote in all capital letters: “God loves you, for all are sinners, we all fall short of the glory of God. Christ is my savior and yours!!”

Cleveland Abduction (2015).
After watching Cleveland Abductions, people say they’ve been left ‘deeply disturbed.’ Credit: Lifetime

After learning that Cleveland Abduction is based on a true story, people have taken to social media and said they’ve been left ‘deeply disturbed.’

Cleveland Abduction is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever watched,” one viewer comments.

Another adds: “Watching Cleveland Abduction and I’m currently deeply disturbed.”

Cleveland Abduction found a new wave of viewers following its release on Netflix in the U.S. It’s available to stream through Prime Video in the U.K.

Watch the chilling trailer below…

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National S**cide Prevention Lifeline in the U.S.A. at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

In the U.K., the Samaritans are available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, emailing [email protected], or heading to the website to find your nearest branch.

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Written by Kyra Hall

Kyra is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and celebrity news. She has a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a masters in Documentary Production from Nottingham Trent University. Kyra previously worked as an intern at ITV Tonight and a freelance filmmaker.