The film Dahmer is extremely faithful to the details of Jeffrey Dahmers life. Director/writer David Jacobson faithfully recounts incidents such as where Artel Kayaus Rodney (in real life, 14 year old Laotian victim Konerak Sinthasomphone) managed to escape from Dahmers apartment before Dahmer recaptured him and the fact that it was witnessed by two girls whose story was dismissed by police; the incident with Dahmer murdering his first victim (in reality Steven Hicks) at his grandmothers house after picking him up on the roadside; his fathers claim to have found a head in a box; and the story that Dahmer was pulled over by a cop who did not realise at the time that Dahmer was carrying a body in the back of the vehicle. Largely though, David Jacobson is not interested in covering the biopic details of Jeffrey Dahmers life. We are never, for instance, offered any psychological insights into what made Dahmer the way he is and David Jacobson has no interest in portraying either Dahmers arrest or his subsequent murder in prison.
For a film that deals in such taboo subjects as necrophilia, murder and gay sex, Dahmer is surprisingly tasteful little-to-no gore and no sex other than a brief scene in the gay bar. In fact, the film is almost tasteful to the point of being too mannered. What David Jacobson is interested in is the relationships between Jeffrey Dahmer and the three victims he shows us a guy Dahmer picks up in a shoe store; the scenes that take up the body of the film with Dahmer seducing a young Black man, Rodney/Konerak, where we are not sure what the outcome will be; and a flashback to an earlier scene where Dahmer kills a school classmate, as well as several depictions of Dahmers activities in a gay bar. Jacobson gets down the very ordinariness of the nowhere USA town, the factory job, bars and banal apartments that surrounded Dahmers life.
As Dahmer, Jeremy Renner later an Academy Award nominated Best Actor for The Hurt Locker (2008) gives an imperturbably cocky performance even if he is a little shorter and far more baby-faced than the real Dahmer was. Indeed, the films greatest surprise is that we come out of it regarding Dahmer relatively sympathetically.
Jeffrey Dahmer is also portrayed in The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer (1993), Raising Jeffrey Dahmer (2006), the quasi-documentary/drama The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012) and My Friend Dahmer (2017) concerning Dahmers teenage years. He also makes appearances in Diary of a Serial Killer (2008), is resurrected/turns up as a ghost in Death Factory (2014) and the Devils Night (2015) episode American Horror Story (2015), and makes totally gonzo appearances in Dahmer vs Gacy (2010) and Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver (2011).
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