True crime drama Believe Me is ‘harrowing’, ‘sinister’ and ‘wildly heartbreaking’
It’s about the abduction of Lisa McVey and is number one in Netflix’s Top 10
Netflix has just added a true crime drama film called Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey. The film recreates the shocking and chilling story of what happened to 17-year-old Lisa McVey, when she was abducted and held by serial killer Bobby Joe Long.
The movie, which was originally released in 2018, has gone straight into number one in the Netflix Top 10 list in the UK, and viewers are saying it’s a must-watch for anyone who likes true crime or crime dramas. In it, Lisa is played by Katie Douglas, who you might recognise from her role in Ginny and Georgia – also on Netflix.
Here’s what you need to know about the film, and what everyone has been saying about it.
Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey recreates the true story of what happened to her when she was aged 17
In 1984, 17-year-old Lisa McVey was abducted by serial killer Bobby Joe Long as she cycled home from her job at a doughnut store in Tampa, Florida. He bundled her into his car, blindfolded, and took her to his apartment. Here, she would be held at gunpoint, sexually assaulted and tortured for 26 hours.
Lisa McVey miraculously managed to persuade Long to set her free, saying she could be his girlfriend and claiming she needed to return home to care for her ill father. When he did set her free, she recalled in incredible detail what had happened to her to police, so vividly that they were able to capture him. However, this was only after she managed to persuade some officers, and her own family, that she was even telling the truth.
Before he took Lisa, Bobby Joe Long had killed 10 other women in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and is thought to have sexually assaulted at least 50.
The Netflix synopsis reads: “After a horrifying kidnapping and narrow escape, a Florida teen struggles to convince family and authorities of her ordeal. Based on true events.”
People are calling the true crime drama film ‘harrowing’ and are saying the story is ‘horrific’ but a ‘must-watch’
Viewers who have watched Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey are calling the story horrible, but agree that it is a must-watch. People are saying the case has left them “sobbing” and that how Lisa was “failed by so many people” made their “blood boil”.
Anyone else who is interested in true crime NEEDS to watch "Believe Me: The abduction of Lisa McVey" on Netflix. it's absolutely incredible. Proper heart wrenching but a really interesting watch.
— goth detective (mill) (@_devon_x) June 1, 2021
If you haven’t watched ‘believe me’ on Netflix yet you need to 🤯
— Tay Butterfield (@taybutterfie) June 3, 2021
Have just balled my eyes out watching that Lisa McVey “Believe Me” movie on Netflix. Jesus.
— KateElizabeth (@KateElizabeth99) June 2, 2021
Good for Lisa McVey. She survived a horrifying ordeal and stopped a serial killer. I was sobbing by the end of the film. I’m glad she got the happy family she wanted #BelieveMe
— 🦋 – definitely still playing ffxiv (@CloudTifaAlways) June 2, 2021
Believe Me on Netflix. Watch it. Horrendous but it's a must watch
— ☭Prime Minister Of Immigrants☭ (@IllegalDThe7th) June 2, 2021
anyone who loves true crime and true stories NEED to watch believe me: the abduction of lisa mcvey on netflix!! when she cracked the case and all the cops were clapping for her 😭😭omg i cried soooo bad. AND THE DETECTIVE WHO BELIEVED IN HER WHEN NO ONE ELSE DID
— fearlessly, aimée 💛💛 (@aimeejaine) June 2, 2021
Calling all true crime fans, Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey on @NetflixFilm is based on a true story and wildly heartbreaking. Katie Douglas is brilliant.
— Jabeen Waheed (@JabeenWaheed) June 1, 2021
#BelieveMeTheAbductionofLisaMcVey lord it is sinister. Lisa McVey she’s a survivor all those horrible circumstances on top of dealing with that horrendous ordeal
— Esther 🎈 (@SuperstarE3) June 2, 2021
watching the lisa mcvey documentary on netflix and it’s making my blood boil – she was failed by so many people
— _ (@hesafinelie) June 1, 2021
Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey is harrowing
— Sophie Cokayne (@CokayneLouise) June 1, 2021
It also has a very impressive Rotten Tomatoes audience score of 92 per cent.
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