Jeffrey Dahmer was an infamous serial killer who murdered at least seventeen men between 1978 and 1991. This morbid fact isn’t a very fun review opening, sure, but this isn’t a very pleasant movie. Written and directed by Marc Meyers, the film is based on a graphic novel of the same name by famed cartoonist, John Backderf. Backderf went to high school with Dahmer, and befriended him shortly before their graduation; incidentally, right before Dahmer started killing. The filmmakers do not flinch while showing Dahmer’s fatalistic descent. His behavior escalates from picking up roadkill, to killing and mutilating animals, fantasizing about murder and necrophilia, and lastly his first murder. My Friend Dahmer seeks to humanize and understand its notorious title character, while never condoning his actions.
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