Netflix Viewers Furious Over ‘Grim’ True Crime Series That’s ‘Making Them Feel Sick’

Netflix viewers have been left furious over the new true crime series Maxine, which some people are saying is 'making them feel sick'.
Credit: Channel 5

Netflix viewers are furious over a ‘grim’ true crime series that is ‘making them feel sick’.

While it may be argued that it’s a red flag that some people relax by watching true crime series, it is undoubtedly a hugely popular genre.

This is largely due to the massive catalogue of horrific stories that Netflix has available – which includes the likes of The Imposter, I Am A Stalker and The Good Nurse.

Now a new series has dropped based on an awful true story.

Watch the trailer for the true crime series below…

Maxine is a three-part series that explores the investigation into Maxine Carr and her boyfriend Ian Huntley, now aged 49, who was imprisoned for the murders of schoolgirls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells.

Huntley was a school caretaker at Soham Village College, where he lured 10-year-olds Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells into his home and murdered them both – before getting rid of their bodies in a ditch at an airbase in Suffolk.

Carr worked as a teaching assistant at the school and provided Huntley with a false alibi to help cover up his crimes.

In one interview, she called Holly ‘a little angel’ and described Jessica as a ‘very funny’ little girl – as well as joining in with search parties that looked for the two school children, as per The Mirror.

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Huntley was eventually caught and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment, with the High Court later imposing a minimum term of 40 years.

Carr received three-and-a-half years for perverting the course of justice by knowingly providing her boyfriend with a false alibi.

However, she only served 21 months of her sentence and was released under a new identity in 2004.

Huntley and Carr met each other in 1999 when she was 22 and Huntley was 25, at a nightclub in Grimsby.

The true crime series Maxine tells the horrific true story of Maxine Carr’s involvement in the Soham murders. Credit: Channel 5

According to Carr, she was ‘instantly attracted’ to him because of his pleasant personality and they soon began dating, as per The Sun.

Maxine was originally released on Channel 5 in 2022 and it stars Jemma Carlton – in her first television role – as Maxine Carr, and Scott Reid (Line Of Duty) as Huntley.

At the time of its release, the true crime series was poorly received by critics – with many slamming Maxine for portraying Carr as a sympathetic character in the show.

Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells
10-year-olds Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells were murdered by school caretaker Ian Huntley. Credit: Alamy

But it has now dropped on Netflix – where it is currently number two on the top 10 TV programmes in the UK – and viewers have taken to social media to react to it.

One person says: “Just watched Maxine on Netflix and I still to this day remember it being on TV remember the red Man United red tops and the story!

“Still makes me sick to this day even after watching that my thoughts still go out to Holly and Jessica’s families.”

Another viewer adds: “Maxine on Netflix. Grim grim grim!

“What awful people I remember it being on the news like it was yesterday, and I was only young.”

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Someone else pens: “It’s wild to me that the new Netflix show Maxine has a character in it based on my actual old head teacher. Really shows how close to home the Soham murders were.”

“Just watched Maxine on Netflix. Evil scum, both of them. Hits hard, especially as a father,” says a fourth.

“Just finished watching Maxine on Netflix. It’s really made my blood boil,” a fifth comments.

While another viewer writes: “This is grim watching. Are we meant to feel sorry for Maxine?”

Maxine is available to stream through Netflix, BritBox, Prime Video and Apple TV. 

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.