DVD | Drama | 03 Oct 2018
This is the Story Before THAT Story
Jeffrey Dahmer murdered seventeen men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and incarcerated. This is the story before that story. Jeff Dahmer (Ross Lynch, Disney Channels Austin & Ally) is an awkward teenager who collects roadkill. Its the end of his junior year and hes practically invisible. His family life (Anne Heche as Joyce Dahmer) is coming undone. He fixates on a neighborhood jogger (Vincent Kartheiser, Mad Men) who routinely passes by his house. By the start of senior year, he acts out, throwing epileptic-like fits in the halls. His goofball antics win over a group of band-nerds who form The Dahmer Fan Club headed by Derf Backderf (Alex Wolff, Nickelodeons The Naked Brothers Band). This camaraderie cant mask his growing depravity. Approaching graduation Jeff spirals further out of control. He retreats into alcohol. He stalks the jogger. He devolves into dissecting small animals, then a neighbors dog. We fear one of his friends is next. Marc Meyers MY FRIEND DAHMER is the haunting, sad, funny, true story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school, based on Derf Backderf's critically acclaimed 2012 graphic novel of the same name and Meyerss own 2014 Black List script.
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Shining a light on the early year’s of one of the most notorious and monstrous killers of all time in the form of notorious American Jeffrey Dahmer, My Friend Dahmer is an intriguing and stoic look at Dahmer’s life as a high school student and repressed teenager coming to terms with his dark wants and desires.
Based upon Dahmer’s real life high school acquaintance John Backderf’s book of the same name, Friend doesn’t look to offer hard answers as to why Dahmer turned out to be the vile killer he ended up becoming but there’s enough insight from Backderf and director Marc Meyers in this film that it begins to paint a very clear and scary picture of a troubled soul that was allowed to turn into something far more sinister.
From collecting road kill after school, acting out in class and in a school environment to get attention and dealing with his parents volatile relationship and mental health issues, Dahmer lived a far from normal life that Meyer’s showcases here in a mundane manner, that suggests Dahmer wasn’t too far removed from help in a time that began to shape him into the creature he was slowly turning into as he lost more and more of his humanity.
Dahmer is played impressively by Disney graduate Ross Lynch, who on the basis of this performance should be able to break out of his Disney beginnings and forge a successful career.
Nailing the awkwardness and unnerving nature of Dahmer’s mannerisms, Lynch does a fine job in a tricky role that acts as the foundation of the film around him, ably supported by the always impressive Alex Wolff as Backderf.
Those seeking in depth analysis of Dahmer’s motivations or answers to his horrific nature will be left a little cold by Meyers film, but there really are no excuses, answers or theories that would ever come close to giving closure on what created Dahmer the evil incarnate and that’s what makes Friend such a disturbing and often insightful film, its more everyday than you expect, nothing out of the ordinary that would suggest the evil of Dahmer would be a one off.
Final Say –
An impressively intimate musing on the early life of one of the world’s most evil criminals, My Friend Dahmer is an intriguing look back on the beginnings of a monster that features an impressive lead performance by Lynch.
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Title: My Friend Dahmer
Release Date: 03 Oct 2018
Actor(s): Zachary Davis Brown, Lily Kozub, Ross Lynch, Vincent Kartheiser, Alex Wolff, Adam Kroloff, Anne Heche, Brady M.K. Dunn, Michael Ryan Boehm, Dallas Roberts, Liam Koeth, Tommy Nelson, Harrison Holzer, Cameron McKendry, Jake Ingrassia
Catalogue No: MMA9274
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
OFLC Rating: M
Run Time: 103
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen, Full Height Anamorphic
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region Code: 4
OFLC Advice: Coarse Language And Sexual References, Mature Themes
Director(s): Marc Meyers
Genre: Drama, Biography, Horror