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‘Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult’ Netflix Series Review - Fame or Nightmare?

The series follows the harrowing journey of TikTok dancers ensnared in a cult masquerading as a management company, as they and their families struggle to break free and expose the truth.

Anjali Sharma - Tue, 28 May 2024 22:40:42 +0100 1234 Views
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"Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult," Netflix’s latest docuseries, is a riveting exploration of the dark side of social media fame and the unsettling world of cults. Directed by Derek Doneen, known for his gripping storytelling in "Heist" and "The Price of Free," this three-part series delves into the lives of prominent TikTok dancers who were drawn into a cult disguised as a management company. The series offers a chilling yet captivating narrative that is both hard to watch and hard to turn away from.


The docuseries centers on the story of Miranda Derrick, a talented dancer whose involvement with 7M Films, a Los Angeles-based management company run by Robert Shinn, leads her family to believe she has been ensnared in a cult. Shinn, who also serves as a pastor at the Shekinah Church, is depicted as a manipulative figure exerting significant control over his followers. The series meticulously unravels how 7M Films lured young, aspiring dancers with promises of stardom, only to subject them to a regime of psychological manipulation and control.


One of the strengths of "Dancing for the Devil" lies in its ability to blend personal stories with broader social commentary. Through interviews with former members, including Miranda’s sister Melanie Wilking, and other dancers like Aubrey Fisher-Greene and Kevin “Konkrete” Davis, the series paints a vivid picture of the emotional and psychological toll exacted by the cult. These personal accounts are heart-wrenching, highlighting the profound sense of loss and betrayal experienced by those who were once close to Miranda.


The series does a commendable job of maintaining narrative tension throughout its episodes. Each revelation about the cult's practices—ranging from forced isolation from family to financial exploitation—adds layers to the already complex story. The filmmakers' decision to use real footage, including emotional Instagram posts from the Wilking family, lends an authenticity that is both gripping and unsettling.


However, the series is not without its flaws. At times, it seems to dwell excessively on certain dramatic elements, which can feel exploitative rather than informative. Some viewers might find the pacing uneven, with certain segments dragging on longer than necessary. Additionally, while the series provides a platform for the victims to share their stories, it occasionally falls into the trap of sensationalism, potentially overshadowing the serious issues at its core.


Despite these shortcomings, "Dancing for the Devil" succeeds in shedding light on the darker aspects of social media fame and the vulnerabilities of young influencers. The series serves as a stark reminder of how easily ambition can be manipulated by those in positions of power. It also underscores the importance of vigilance and the need for support systems to protect individuals from such predatory organizations.


The production quality of the series is another highlight. Doneen's direction ensures that the narrative flows smoothly, and the use of music and visuals effectively enhances the mood of the series. The transitions between interviews, real footage, and dramatizations are seamless, making the viewing experience engaging and immersive.


In conclusion, "Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult" is a compelling watch for anyone interested in true crime, social media culture, or psychological thrillers. It offers a stark and unflinching look at the intersection of ambition, manipulation, and control, wrapped in the glittering but deceptive world of TikTok fame. While it may not be perfect, its strengths far outweigh its weaknesses, making it a must-watch for those seeking an in-depth exploration of this harrowing tale.


For those intrigued by the darker undercurrents of social media fame and the dynamics of cult-like control, this docuseries is a sobering and enlightening journey. It stands as a testament to the resilience of those who managed to escape and the ongoing efforts to bring justice and healing to the victims.


Final Score- [7/10]
Reviewed by - Anjali Sharma
Follow @AnjaliS54769166 on Twitter
Publisher at Midgard Times

 

 

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