The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness: Limited Series (2021)


Limited Series
The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

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Episodes

Air date: May 5, 2021

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.

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Air date: May 5, 2021

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

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Air date: May 5, 2021

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

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Air date: May 5, 2021

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.

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The hunt for the "Son of Sam" captivated the world in the late 1970s, but the story behind one of America's most notorious serial murderers is all but forgotten -- until now. While the arrest and conviction of David Berkowitz brought the nightmare to an end for many New Yorkers, for journalist and Ultimate Evil author Maury Terry, the real mystery was just beginning. Terry, convinced Berkowitz had not acted alone, would go on to spend decades attempting to prove that the web of darkness behind the murders went deeper than anyone imagined -- and his pursuit of that elusive truth would eventually cost him everything. Filmmaker Joshua Zeman (CROPSEY, MURDER MOUNTAIN) draws on archival news footage, conversations with the people closest to the investigation, and Terry's own words and case files to tell a cautionary tale of a man who went down a rabbit hole and never came out. But was Maury Terry just chasing ghosts -- or are the true Sons of Sam still out there...

Cast & Crew

Joshua Zeman
Executive Producer
Josh Braun
Executive Producer
Jon Kamen
Executive Producer
Dan Braun
Executive Producer
Dave Sirulnick
Executive Producer
Zara Duffy
Executive Producer
Sara Enright
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness Limited Series

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Terry's descent down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories around David Berkowitz fuels Sons of Sam but it's handled in such a tabloid, sensational way with the kind of logic that makes real journalists furious.

May 5, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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...

May 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The series presents a harrowing account of those stressful few months...

May 7, 2021 | Full Review…

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

May 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the fact that these are all just theories means that The Sons of Sam feels, by the end of its four-hour running time, extravagantly unnecessary.

May 5, 2021 | Full Review…

An occasionally interesting story, full of chilling possibility. But it also misses the dark forest for the trees.

May 5, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Like so many of Netflix's murder docs, there is a grim thrill to it all and it does hook you in, but it's ultimately hollow.

May 6, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

May 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness: Limited Series

  • 18h ago
    Unfortunately for Terry ( in more ways than one ) Mindhunter covered most of this detail regards the serial killer "cabal", but it did it in a more appealing [sic] and stylised manner. This is literally a regurgitation of historical telecasts and supposition. It's as dated in approach as the content.

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