MY ENCOUNTER WITH EVIL on Netflix is a new docu-horror series from Mexico (org. title Mi encuentro con el mal). It’s very reminiscent of the Haunted series on Netflix – but not as good. Read our My Encounter with Evil series review here!
MY ENCOUNTER WITH EVIL is a new Netflix documentary horror series. It’s all based on true stories and filmed as a docu-series. Complete with real footage from the actual experiences of the people involved.
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All the stories are from Mexico and the language is – of course – Spanish. The original title is Mi encuentro con el mal. There are four episodes and three stories, so not one story per episode. Instead, all three stories are told in pieces throughout the season. That’s one way to keep viewers watching, I guess.
Continue reading our My Encounter with Evil series review below. On Netflix from October 28, 2022.
A little too much dramatization
We do see quite many dramatized parts of the story which is how it becomes a “docu-drama” instead of just a documentary. It’s good for entertainment and storytelling value. Unfortunately, it does make it seem less like a true story documentary and more like a fictional drama series.
Full disclosure; I am rarely a fan of documentaries with dramatized elements. It just takes away from the facts and becomes too much fiction. If your story isn’t strong enough to work without this, then maybe it just shouldn’t be part of this series.
On the other hand, I also recognize that this is a pet peeve of mine. Including these dramatized parts will no doubt attract more (or certainly different) viewers than those watching straight-up documentaries. I did like parts of the Netflix docu-drama series Haunted which did the same thing.
However, that series focused on one story per episode. Something I definitely prefer!
Actual exorcisms shown
I also have to mention that My Encounter with Evil is basically stories about exorcism. And part of the real footage is showing these exorcisms performed. Since I am not a big fan of organized religion in general, it doesn’t do much for me.
It does make me wonder, however, why it seems to be only the Catholic church that needs to perform exorcisms. Do Catholics just attract demons more than other believers? Surely demons don’t care what your religion is.
Anyway, my point is simply, that you need to believe (or certainly buy into) the notion that demons and exorcisms are real. Otherwise, you can obviously watch My Encounter with Evil as pure fiction. However, this doesn’t make it nearly as interesting.
Watch Season 1 of My Encounter with Evil on Netflix now!
In a docu-series such as My Encounter with Evil, it seems like having been possessed has become an identity for these people. That’s something that just doesn’t sit right with me. Especially since history is full of people who were believed to be possessed but most likely had a mental illness.
For the record, I’m not saying this applies to the people in this Netflix docu-horror-drama. In fact, I really appreciate the fact that a psychiatrist was also included and interviewed. Even if it seemed a bit gratuitous.
If you like these docu-drama series that are more about entertainment than documentary, then you should definitely check out this latest Netflix addition. It really wasn’t my cup of tea, but I absolutely believe there’s a huge audience for it.
My Encounter with Evil Season 1 is on Netflix from October 28, 2022.
Creator: Andrés Borda
Writers: Andrés Borda, Ramiro García Bogliano
Directors: Adrián García Bogliano, Carlos Melendez
A chilling series about how three women, their relatives and friends faced evil in real life; its protagonists give testimony about their experiences of possession, infestation and exorcisms.