At some point along the way, perhaps with the release of the viral sensation Making A Murderer, America has gone overboard with an interest in the macabre.
Netflix is now riddled with popular documentaries recounting and dissecting many of the horrors that have taken place in our country over the last half century or so.
Not to mention the fact that Stephen King’s latest movie IT, after literally dozens of other adaptations of his books flopped, has gone on to set all new high-water marks for horror films. Granted, it is arguably the most well-done of any of his stories’ adaptations to visual media, but still, people had to be interested in seeing it first. (I would also highly recommend watching Gerald’s Game on Netflix if you are into that genre – another very well done new adaptation of Kings’ work.)
And now another movie which delves into the dark world of mystery and murder, My Friend Dahmer, is set to be released in theaters on November 3rd. However, it isn’t a story about how notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer committed his crimes. Instead the film will focus on how he got to that point of sheer madness.
Here’s the film’s synopsis, according to FilmRise Releasing…
Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and incarcerated. He would become one of America’s most infamous serial killers. This is the story before that story.
Jeff Dahmer (Disney Channel’s Ross Lynch) is an awkward teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in ruins. He collects roadkill, fixates on a neighborhood jogger (Vincent Kartheiser, “Mad Men”), and copes with his unstable mother (Anne Heche) and well-intentioned father (Dallas Roberts). He begins to act out at school, and his goofball antics win over a group of band-nerds who form The Dahmer Fan Club, headed by Derf Backderf (Alex Wolff, “Patriots Day”). But this camaraderie can’t mask his growing depravity. Approaching graduation, Jeff spirals further out of control, inching ever closer to madness.
Marc Meyers’s 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 Meyers’s own 2014 Black List script.
So far, the film sits at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes so if you’re into this sort of thing (and many of you obviously are) you might want to check it out.