Who would have thought that one of the most terrifying films of the year looks to be a documentary about the underground world of competitive endurance male tickling? TICKLED made its premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Today the official trailer for the documentary debuted ahead of its June 17th release. The Magnolia Pictures production is nothing if not unsettling. What starts out as a quirky look at a kinky, if harmless fetish, dovetails into something that looks far more sinister.
I have to tell you, after watching this trailer I am ALL IN on this movie and cannot devour it with my eyeballs and earholes fast enough. Also, I would be horrible at this sport. I am ticklish to the point of tears, and just watching this made me squirm. Also, between this and our upcoming review on a Furries documentary, I think we’ve shifted gears from being a horror site to a sort of Fetlife film site. I’ll take it.
Synopsis: One of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival,TICKLED begins with reporter David Farrier stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, and reaching out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity.
Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling wormhole.