AKA Dahmer

Tag line : The terrifying story of America's most horrific serial killer.

Dahmer : The CannibalBased on the life of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, this biopic strangely ignores a lot of his more infamous exploits and instead focuses on the human aspects of the man behind the monster.

The film starts off with the unfortunate incident of victim Konerak Sinthasomphone who, despite being heavily drugged, the police actually escorted back to Dahmer's apartment after believing his story that Konerak was his male lover.

But following this, the story seems to lose its way, skipping over many details and instead focusing on an apparently fictional relationship Dahmer (Jeremy Renner, in an early role) develops with a character named Rodney (Artel KayÓru), who seems to be loosely based on Dahmer's last victim Tracey Edwards.

Whilst the director more or less achieves his aim in showing that Dahmer was, at the end of the day, just a human being. The film is extremely disjointed and it's not at all clear upon initial viewing that portions of the film where actually meant to be flashbacks, something I only discovered through the DVD commentary track, which makes for a very confusing mess of a film.

In addition, despite the film being called "Dahmer the Cannibal" (for the UK release anyway), the cannibalistic aspects of his murders were totally omitted, the film is virtually blood free, and it doesn't even show you how he was eventually caught.

The film is worth a watch, even if only for seeing a then unknown Jeremy Renner (who went on to star in "Hurt Locker" amongst other films) in an early role, but this is not what I would call a faithful biopic by any means.

Overall Marks : 3/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "The mind is a place of its own.

  • Mickey Swenson, who plays one of the police officer in Dahmer's apartment, also played Detective Ritzik in the film "Gacy" about serial killer "John Wayne Gacy".

  • The US tag line "The Mind is a place of it's own" was originally going to be the title of the film, however this was changed prior to release as they felt it wasn't going to sell the film as well.

  • Jeremy Renner went on to star in horror sequel "28 Weeks Later", playing a sympathetic soldier. He also had a role as a corrupt cop in the 2003 action film SWAT and most notably played the lead role as a bomb disposal expert in the award winning 2009 war film "Hurt Locker".

  • The yellow tinted glasses Dahmer wears throughout the film broke during filming. So in order to finish shooting they had to get a similar pair of clear specs and colour the lenses using a yellow felt-tip pen.

  • Director David Jacobson went on to direct the critically acclaimed drama "Down in the Valley".

  • The body in Dahmer's bed, during the scene when the police are questioning him about Konerak, was meant to be that his previous victim Tony Hughes.

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