Into The Dark Side: The Journey Inside Toxic Fandom is an American documentary film about the toxicity of nerd culture and what has become of it. The film is directed, produced, written and stars Drew Gars.


Drew Gars takes viewers on a journey to where nerd culture has evolved into the points where fan bases have gone too far: sending death threats, triggering people into committing suicide, harassing employees, throwing racist homophobic and sexist slurs, and getting into violent altercations with people.


The following actors, executives, staff, online personalities and directors were interviewed in the documentary:

  • Drew Gars
  • Michael Bay
  • M. Night Shyamalan
  • Rian Johnson
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Bob Iger
  • Shane Black
  • Tim Burton
  • Paul Feig
  • James Wong
  • Ben Ramsey
  • J.J. Abrams
  • Kathleen Kennedy
  • Akira Toriyama
  • Rupert Sanders
  • Joss Whedon
  • George Lucas
  • David Benioff
  • D. B. Weiss
  • Mark Hamill
  • Kelly Marie Tran
  • Ray Park
  • Daniel Logan
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Natalie Portman
  • Ahmed Best
  • Hayden Christianson
  • Jake Lloyd (archive footage)
  • Liam Neeson
  • Michael J. Nelson (archive footage)
  • Bill Corbett (archive footage)
  • Kevin Murphy (archive footage)
  • John Boyega
  • Daisy Ridley
  • Laura Dern
  • Gwendoline Christie
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Kate McKinnon
  • Leslie Jones
  • Jimmy Kimmel (archive footage)
  • Ben Affleck
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Jared Leto
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Michael Keaton
  • Robert Downey, Jr. (archive footage)
  • Justin Chatwin
  • Chow Yun-fat
  • Emmy Rossum
  • Jamie Chung
  • James Marsters
  • Michael Jelenic
  • Aaron Horvath
  • Lauren Zuke
  • Zoë Quinn
  • Alex Lifschitz
  • Brianna Wu
  • Anita Sarkeesian
  • Lindsey Ellis (archive footage)
  • Jeremy Jahns (archive footage)
  • Korey Coleman (archive footage)
  • Doug Walker (archive footage)
  • Donald Trump (archive footage)


  • The film is rated R for strong violence, intense thematic material, disturbing content and strong language.
  • The film marks as Drew Gars’ first documentary film.
  • The film is distributed by Universal Pictures, while being produced by CNN Films.
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