Worst Roommate Ever is a four-part true-crime documentary series featuring stories about the worst roommates out there.
Netflix describes the series as:
Violent con artists. Stone-cold killers. These terrifying true stories unveil some of the worst cohabitation experiences one could ever imagine.
– Worst Roommate Ever review does not contain spoilers –
With all the horrors of con artist stories that we see these days, the most prominent right now being the chilling Tinder Swindler, we get another set of stories, this time about the worst roommates out there. To be fair, this isn’t just about roommates from hell, but this is definitely about people from hell.
The series keeps you hooked on and off throughout its 5-episode runtime. From the first episode itself, you’re going to be in a hell of a ride. The series takes its time to discuss the various facets and how the craziness came to be before pulling out skeletons from the closet. Curiously, the first episode, Call Me Grandma, starts with an interesting animated schtick, but after that, they abandon that for long periods of time. I really liked the animation, I think it added some well-needed thrill to the experience. Other than the animation, the series has some shocking videos and images of the crimes, something Netflix is quite proficient with.
The crimes, oh the crimes! Worst Roommate Ever is your worst nightmare and is the dream of every true-crime fanatic. These crimes are shocking. The amount of manipulation that some people are capable of can make you wonder if anyone can be trusted. The honest answer might just be no. The saddest ones are probably seeing the people who do not have the option of actually standing up for themselves – the vulnerable ones who fall prey to the worst of society.
Apart from those who cannot stand up for themselves, there are those who want to believe in the best in people. Of course, we are all, somewhere down the line, all like that. We want to believe that people can be good, that you can trust them. But, it’s true crime shows like these that tell us that detecting red flags isn’t all that easy. That, even if we know what to look out for, sometimes, it’s really difficult to wrap your head around the fact that people can, in fact, be this bad. It often starts out slow and before you know it, shit has hit the fan and it’s too late.
These stories are insane. The way these con artists and criminals weasel into the life of the gullible and take advantage of them in the worst way imaginable is just sad and downright alarming. These different stories are all kinds of scary and the way Netflix jumps from actual footage and interviews to the animated pasts when the crime came to be is great to watch. I was invested throughout the runtime of each of these episodes, especially since the flavours of each of these crimes are all the same yet different in a mesmerizing way.
The editing is slow and purposeful and won’t give you a headache (looking at you Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan). The way the present melts into an animated past is noteworthy and striking. I don’t remember having watched something similar in previous Netflix true-crime docuseries. That being said, it feels almost on similar lines to the other ones. Sure, it has an arresting storyline and some unique aspects but it will definitely remind you of being a Netflix docuseries at every point. That, I feel, is the problem of Netflix shows. They are very similar to each other in spite of having varying core stories.
Summing up: Worst Roommate Ever
Worst Roommate Ever is a good watch. More often than not I was absolutely glued to the screen wondering what it takes for people to take advantage of others who trust them. Although it runs in the same vein as other true-crime docs, it’s still a formidable watch for the thrill-seekers out there.
Also, beef jerky will never be the same again for me.
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