Facebook just got a lot creepier thanks to Catfish [SPOILER]
October 4, 2010 1 Comment
If you’ve seen the movie Catfish you’ll know what I mean.
It all started when Rel somehow got into contact with this kid Abby who was a child painter. He then became pen pals with her online, with the permission of her Mom, Angela. Eventually he got to know the entire family on Facebook, including Abby’s older sister Megan.
Rel began falling in love with Megan, but issues popping up, including supposed cover songs she’d send him that turned out to be YouTube videos with the same song covered. At this point (I believe), Rel’s brother and friend decided to make the documentary. Further events led to them making a trip to Michigan where Abby and her family lived. Here’s where the twist comes in.
Chris Bumbray from JoBlo.com puts it the best in a quote from the trailer: “The final forty minutes of the film will take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride that you won’t be able to shake for days.”
After The Ellen Show clip is the spoiler part, so if you’re not reading on, I really enjoyed this movie and minus the first hour or so, it was one of the best movies of the year in my books. I give it a 4.5/5
After confronting Angela, the movie went from creepy to sad. She was a woman who had given up a lot in life to raise her husband’s boys that required 24/7 care because due to their mental and physical issues. As a painter she came up with the idea of contacting Rel from his photograph that appeared in major publications. Eventually it spiraled out from there.
Forget privacy concerns with Mark Zuckerberg, Angela was able to make a bunch of profiles using fake addresses and pictures of family members/friends, just for the sole purpose of gaining Rel’s companionship (that’s the best way I can describe it). It seemed so easy to fall pray to fall pray to this, which is most scary. She would take to the computer every night after 11pm and go to work updating her various profiles. She kept three phones on hand – one for Megan and the other two for when she was herself.
Facebook is usually for people we know, so when he got to know Abby’s mom, he added her and eventually her family. This opened Rel up to the game Angela was playing. It got me thinking about how rare this could be? Are there a lot of people out there being fooled by these fake accounts? Have you experienced this?