The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness

The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness

The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness

True crime docuseries covering The Son of Sam murders and the obsessed journalist convinced the killings were tied to a satanic cult.

2021USANetflix
CrimeDocumentary

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
5 May 2021

Hello from the Gutters

In August 1977, the arrest of David Berkowitz ended New York City's wave of terror. But journalist Maury Terry believed there was more to the story.

EPISODE 1.2
5 May 2021

Catch .44

While Berkowitz continues to dominate the news cycle, Maury pursues his theory about John Carr and uncovers a disturbing link to occult activity.

EPISODE 1.3
5 May 2021

The Ultimate Evil

New leads send Maury down a twisted path, investigating a web of cults. As a "satanic panic" grips the nation, he publishes a book.

EPISODE 1.4
5 May 2021

Rabbit Hole

In 1993, Maury interviews the elusive Berkowitz, who substantiates his theories about the cult. But his obsession with the case begins to take a toll.

The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness / Reviews

Decider

Decider

Should put a new perspective on one of the most famous serial-killer cases of all time.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

The series' overly familiar and impersonal form dominates, overwhelms, even obscures its ample, fascinating substance.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The most frustrating thing about Sons of Sam is that the real story of what happened to Maury Terry is constantly overshadowed by the sensational “What If” presentation.

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Variety

Variety

The Sons of Sam is so overlong as to begin to poison the viewer against what is meant to be a sympathetic subject.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

A pretty straightforward true-crime docuseries.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

In the more than capable hands of director Joshua Zeman, The Sons of Sam becomes as much a profile of Terry’s obsessive attempts to re-open the case... as a re-examination of the investigation of Son of Sam.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Sons has a grimy aesthetic that never feels too flashy or overproduced; this alone helps it stand apart from most true crime entertainment. But Zeman makes the mistake of accompanying Terry down his rabbit hole...

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