On June 6th, 2016, YouTuber Jesse Ridgway ended what would become known as “The Psycho Series”, a 3 year video series that spanned at it’s core 50 episodes, but in total included well over 600 videos over those 3 years, all of which told the story of a young gamer and his dysfunctional family.
You can find my proper review of the documentary here: Psycho Family: Documentary Review
Filmed mostly in “vlog” style, the series was treated as real and happened in basically real time, day to day. This treatment of the story as real would eventually become a major point of contention among many who were aware of it, but for the fans, the immersion of it being treated as real for those 3 years, and the lengths the family went through to keep up the illusion, made the story that much more incredible, and made it even more amazing to find out in the end that, yes, it was all “fake.”
I wrote about the Psycho Series back in June of last year, when it ended, and I mentioned that I was a then-recent discoverer and fan of the series. As time has passed, Jesse Ridgway, the creator of the series, has done other smaller projects since then, and one of these video series focused on both his behind-the-scenes footage of the series and also an upcoming documentary on the Psycho Series.
Well, on April 3rd, 2017, that documentary finally was released. I have a review coming, but let’s just say it was good. Damn good. Split up into 11 9 minute or so episodes, it uses interviews and behind-the-scenes footage to tell the story of the series, not in a way of “here’s how it was made beginning to end” but in a “what it really was like” kind of way.
I won’t spoil any more of it here, though: Check out the trailer below, and if you want to see more, follow the link in the video description. You will be glad you did.