The creator continues to explore his obsession with serial killers
Netflix’s Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is something special. Creator Ryan Murphy made sure that critics don’t get to watch it ahead and share their opinions online, in order to ensure the other viewers get the full experience. However, the experience was not all that good. Let’s discuss in detail.
Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Events
Dahmer starts by showing the end in 1991, where notorious serial killer, cannibal, and necrophiliac Jeffrey Dahmer (Evan Peters) picks up unsuspecting Tracy Edwards (Shaun J. Brown) at a gay bar in Milwaukee. The pair return to Jeffrey’s apartment, where everything is a red flag. We see a bloody drill, a fish tank where all the fish are dead, a blue shipping drum, The Exorcist III playing on a VCR, and a horrible smell. Tracy runs for his life and tells the cops, who later uncover the history of Jeffrey Dahmer – three decades of heinous murders and other activities, with 17 young men, mostly of color, reported dead.
We see Jeffrey as he grows up (portrayed brilliantly by Josh Braaten). He is antisocial, but with a love for dissection. We see his caring but overall absent father (Richard Jenkins), ill-treated mother (Penelope Ann Miller), his stepmother (Molly Ringwald) who deserved more character depth, and many others.
The first five episodes continue to show the same things about the behavior of Jeffrey Dahmer. The events are creepy as we see Jeffrey drinking beer, getting obsessed with someone, somehow takes them home, and does something horrible. It gets tiring as there was no requirement for it to be such a long series. We start doubting if this was the same team behind American Horror Story. The second half was better, where we see Tony Hughes (Rodney Burnford), with whom Jeffrey came close to having a real relationship.
There were some good performances, but in the end, the show ended up repeating itself and can cause audiences to lose interest.