The Internet Makes You Creepy

Inside the Bizarre World of Luka Magnotta Fan Sites

Fan art by a Luka obsessive named "Lexa Manicini." (Photo: Luka Magnotta Obsession)

Over the past few months, the 10 minute-long snuff film “1 Lunatic 1 Icepick”which depicts alleged Canadian murderer Luka Magnotta brutally killing a Chinese student before having sex with his dismembered corpse–has swiftly rippled through the Internet’s layered circles. It began first with the gore cognoscenti, then crept into Canadian newspapers and eventually hit critical mass with disturbing YouTube reaction videos.

Mr. Magnotta, a preening James Dean obsessive with a stomach-churning history of murdering kittens and courting infamous serial killers, is a personality type ripe for a cult following. And judging from his previous attempts to cultivate notoriety, that’s exactly what he wants. Read More

The Internet Makes You Creepy

Disturbing 10-Minute Murder Video ‘1 Lunatic 1 Icepick’ Spawns Disturbing Reaction Videos

Reaction to 1 Lunatic 1 Icepick.

Scat porn viral video “2 Girls 1 Cup” inspired a genre of horrified reaction videos, all in good fun. But the YouTube reactions to a video of a real, graphic, 10-minute murder circulating on gore forums and torrent sites are disturbing in themselves. The reaction videos are shot with a webcam pointed at the face of the person, or people, as they watch the video “1 Lunatic 1 Icepick” for the first time.

“This is a kind of ‘2 Girls 1 Cup reaction video,’ but for this video,” says one young man, YouTube user CandySoup, who mostly uploads videos of himself playing video games. He is wearing a baseball shirt and speaks cheerfully in a European accent. He begins watching the video and describing what happens. About two and a half minutes in, he starts screaming. “Holy fucking shit, that’s messed up bro!” he screams, genuinely horrified. He calms down and compliments the New Order song that’s on in the background. Around the five minute mark, he really starts freaking out, grabbing his head and shrieking. “Woah! Woah! What the fuck!” In the final third of the video, he is frozen and mostly silent and slack-jawed. When it finishes, he hangs and holds his head. The shot is blurry, but he looks like he might be crying.

“Okay, it’s done,” he says. He struggles to come up with a summary. “I’m done. Goodbye. This is just fucking wrong. God. Holy shit.” The reaction video has 103,673 views. Comments have been disabled.  Read More