TV & Movies

Why Netflix’s Believe Me: The Disappearance Of Lisa McVey Is A Must Watch

By Morgan Reardon
10th Jun 2021

a young woman rests her head on her hand while a man in a suit sits behind her.

Every once and while a crime flick comes along that shocks us to our core, leaving a cold feeling in the bottom of our belly long after the credits roll. Which is exactly what happened when we binged Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey

Gut-wrenching, shocking and absolutely brutal, if you were a fan of the uber-popular Netflix series Unbelievable, then this movie is right up your alley.

Based on a true story, Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey follows 17-year-old Lisa (played by Ginny & Georgia’s Katie Douglas) who lives in Tampa, Florida with her grandma and her extremely abusive partner. Lisa’s life is one, cruel monotonous cycle, spending her time working long shifts at the local doughnut shop then returning home to the wrath of her family. 

But Lisa’s life takes an even more shocking turn when she is abducted while riding her bike home after working late. Subjected to a horrific 26 hours, she uses reverse psychology to get her kidnapper to set her free while carefully trying to document everything she can about him. But when she returns home she faces her biggest battle yet—convincing her family and the police that she was actually kidnapped. 

What no one realises right away is that Lisa has just escaped the clutches of Bobby Joe Long, one of America's most prolific and gruesome serial killers. It turns out that the girl no one believes, is the only one that can take this killer down. And just a reminder—this actually happened back in 1984. When we say this flick will give you goosebumps, we mean it. 

While there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of trailers out there, this little snippet will make your skin crawl.

Pro tip: make sure you stick around for the credits and the end of the flick, to find out what became of the real Lisa McVey.

Although Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey was originally released in the US in 2018, it’s just been added to Netflix’s June lineup so go and binge your way through it here

Next up, check out these 20 chilling crime shows on Netflix

Image Credit: Lifetime

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