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After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches 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 worm hole.


Directed by
David Farrier
Dylan Reeve

Produced by
Carthew Neal




“SO CRAZY THAT IT FEELS LIKE A HOAX. ONLY IT’S NOT. A compelling, stranger-than-fiction procedural. Grade A-.” Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

“TERRIFICALLY ENTERTAINING.” - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“You’re going to love it. What begins as a profile of a quirky subculture becomes an online mystery-horror thriller, in which the bogeyman is everywhere.” – Logan Hill, Esquire

"MISS THIS AT YOUR OWN PERIL. Prepare to have your mind blown by this utterly fascinating and ultimately scary documentary.” – Denis Dermody, Paper

“BRAIN EXPLODING. A saga of blackmail, lawsuits, hidden cameras, furtive stakeouts, doxxing, disposable cash, INS threats, MMA fighting, exploited kids, racism, ruined lives, revenge, and fear.” – Amy Nicholson, MTV

“UNDENIABLY COMPELLING. A harrowing tale of alleged identity theft, online intimidation and American privilege gone dangerously awry.” – Justin Chang, LA Times

“CAPTIVATING AND JAW-DROPPING. A fascinating, stranger-than-fiction exposé.” - Sheri Linden. The Hollywood Reporter

“A humorously titillating entry hook that soon gives way to engrossing conspiracy-thriller” – Justin Chang, Variety

“One of the strangest and most utterly engrossing documentaries of the year.” – Jen Yamato, Daily Beast

“FASCINATING.” – Sara Stewart, NY Post

“ONE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES IN YEARS, IF NOT OF ALL TIME. The fact this movie even exists is a miracle. AS GRIPPING AS ANY TRUE CRIME STORY COULD HOPE TO BE.” – James Shotwell, Substream Magazine

“Positioned to end up as the year’s best monster flick.” – Dave Shreve, Audiences Everywhere

“A surprisingly tense and increasingly weird detective story. Compelling, alternately painful and funny and deeply sad.” – Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

“A must-see documentary. Tickled is not at all what it seems. A secret world full of villains and victims, power and deceit, and shocks and surprises—you just can’t make this stuff up.” – Kevin Polowy, Yahoo Movies

“A terrific bit of investigative filmmaking — Errol Morris filtered through ‘Too Many Cooks’” – Tommy Cook, Collider

Date for DVD release subject to change.