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People Are Warning Others About Mental Health Triggers in Netflix's New 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' Movie

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Warning: This piece contains spoilers about the Netflix movie “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.”

Editor's Note

If you experience suicidal thoughts, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

If you’re sensitive to suicide-based plotlines or graphic depictions of suicide or psychosis, you may want to skip Netflix’s interactive film “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.” Set in the 1980s, the dystopian science fiction movie has the same eerie characteristics of “Black Mirror,” the eponymous Netflix show it’s based on.

Unlike regular movies, the plot of “Bandersnatch” is controlled by you, the viewer. Through supported devices, like your phone, you choose which path the main character, Stefan, a computer game maker, takes.

Though certain scenes only appear depending on the viewer’s selection, the overall plot features psychosis, delusions, paranoia and trauma. Stefan lost his mother when he was five and tries to address that trauma in therapy. He starts to believe he’s being controlled by something other than himself and acts out violently. The movie also incorporates blood and gore.

There is at least one detailed suicide scene shown, should the viewer choose to “kill” Stefan. The scene is shot from Stefan’s perspective, so it looks like the viewer is also dying by suicide. If a viewer decides not to kill Stefan, the viewer chooses Colin, another game maker in the scene, to die by suicide.

Because the movie may trigger some people, especially those who are suicidal or struggle with paranoid delusions, viewers have warned others on social media about the nature of the film.

It’s OK to skip “Bandersnatch” if you’re sensitive to these topics. Your health and safety are more important than the latest trendy show or movie. If you want to watch the movie but are concerned it might be too much, try watching it with someone you trust. You can also reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741 if you need extra support.

Photo via Netflix

Originally published: December 29, 2018
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