(R, 1:42:12, Released 2002)
|Genres:||Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense|
|Release Date:||Jun 21, 2002|
|DVD Release Date:||Aug 27, 2002|
|Starring:||Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Artel Kayaru, Matt Newton, Dion Basco, Kate Williamson|
|Directed by:||David Jacobson|
|Synopsis:||A low-key glimpse into the life and crimes of one of history's most notorious serial killers, Dahmer doesn't concern itself with the gruesome nature of its protagonist's horrific crimes, but rather the troubled mind of the man who committed them. Focusing on the later years in the life of Jeffrey Dahmer (Jeremy Renner), David Jacobson's film follows the troubled killer from department store to gay nightclub as he stalks his prey and battles his inner demons, all the while providing contrast to current events with flashbacks from the days during which madness finally gained an inescapable grip on his already unstable mind. From his days in a Milwaukee chocolate factory to nights spent haunting the streets in search of prey, the viewer peers cautiously over the edge of an abyss so deep and so far-stretching that most minds will never fathom the truly monstrous nature of Dahmer's heretofore unprecedented crime spree. As he befriends and brings home yet another potential victim in the form of an outgoing young man named Rodney (Artel Kayaru), Dahmer is forced to confront his past as the two grow increasingly close over the course of the evening. Will Dahmer have a glimmer of humanity during a night of intimate and revealing conversation, or is it already too late for the unassuming young man who has fallen into the same trap as so many before him? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi|
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January 25, 2014
Dahmer is an effective and disturbing, horrifying character study on serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer . Casting a then unknown Jeremy Renner in the lead role. In terms of the psycho horror genre, Dahmer is a fine example of a film that uses a true story, which makes it that much disturbing to shock and horrify its viewers. Renner is terrific in the lead, and you can clearly see hints of his talents that would define his career in later films. The story is engaging, but like I said, this film is a disturbing pierce of work, one that will probably satisfy specific fans of the genre, but it also may divide many as well. Despite this, I think that the film is worth seeing due to Jeremy Renner's memorable performance. Psycho horror films are interesting due to the fact that they always seem to uncover the darkest of the human mind. Dahmer is exactly that, an exercise in madness, one that is constantly unnerving and horrifying from start to finish. The story is simple, but effective in terms of sheer terror due to the fact that Jeffrey Dahmer's crimes are horrifying in nature, and that he was one of the most infamous of all American serial killers. True life horror stories are more interesting due to the fact that, it's not about monsters and other ghouls creating the terror, its real life psychos that provide the real terror, and are more frightening than any horror film combined. Though not a great film, Dahmer is a film that relies on a strong lead performance to really make the film standout above its limitations.
January 25, 2014
"The mind is a place of its own."
Dahmer is a tough film to sit through. I guess that's a pretty obvious trait in a film like this. It's dark and it goes inside the mind of one of the most notorious serial killers in American history. Jeremy Renner does a pretty good job as Jeffrey Dahmer, but it's not enough to save this movie for me. For one this film is terribly acted by the supporting cast around Renner and everything about the film comes off as amateurish.
These serial killer movies are a weird sub-genre in the horror film genre. Some of them can be good, while still being hard to watch and some can be bad, while being hard to watch. Dahmer definitely falls into the bad definition. It's disturbing, sick, twisted and any other word you could come up with to describe Dahmer, but the film as a whole just doesn't do anything. It's as dull and lifeless as Dahmer, which may be the writer, director's ambition with the material, but it just doesn't work.
April 9, 2010
I was drawn to this film because of Jeremy Renner, who impressed me so much in The Hurt Locker. He does a really good job here as well.
If you are at all familiar with the horrific acts of Jeffrey Dahmer, you know that this could have easily been a bloody mess of a slasher / torture porn type film.
Luckily the film maker took a more psychological appraoach and I think the film is more powerful because of it. Sure it is still deeply disturbing and slightly gory, but the story is told in such an interesting way that it made for pretty solid film.
August 15, 2008
This movie definitely isn't for the faint of heart (but that shouldn't come as a surprise if you know anything about the real Dahmer).
Renner impresses with his complex Dahmer. The movie focuses more on his reactions to his actions than his actions themselves, effectively capturing the disturbing aura oozing just beneath his calm, reserved surface.
February 11, 2008
Possibly one of the sickest films of it's genre, covering the facts of the true life story of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Interms of the actual film it was pretty porrly acted and even felt a bit dated.
You may find a strong stomach will help you on this one, purely because it's related to true events, but it's certainly not for everyone.
February 4, 2007
One big star for Jeremy Renner's intensity in this role. Considering the kind of person Dahmer was, this is a little too artful an attempt to bring us the "real" Jeffrey Dahmer. Do we really need to feel any kind of sympathy for him? His personal history truly pales compared to the results of his complusion.
I've worked with many people who had terrible childhoods and terrible family situations. They don't all end up like Dahmer Sympathy? If anything, I sympathize with the inmate who finally put Dahmer out of our misery.
October 20, 2013
Naturally after Gacy, I had to move on and watch Dahmer, it was just one of those nights. Unlike the Gacy film, Dahmer was more typical of what you see from these types of movies. Jeffrey Dahmer's crimes may have been just as shocking as Gacy's, but Dahmer was of a completely different personality, one that doesn't really equate to film. Unlike Gacy, Dahmer was really shy and introverted, avoiding interacting with people that he wasn't planning on killing. The movie version of Dahmer's was honestly as boring as a Horror film could get. Much of it shows Dahmer alone in his apartment, torturing his victims, and much of the time, there isn't even any dialog! Jeremy Renner stars and does as good of a job as someone can do with a role like this, but to be completely honest I found this film to be nothing but boring. Even the graphic scenes the film portrays in order to shock you, don't really cut it. Dahmer may have been just as deranged as Gacy, but the two men were very different. Gacy's film was interesting, Dahmer's put me to sleep. Dahmer is one movie you can most definitely avoid watching.
December 4, 2010
Sub-par film that stays afloat by Renner's performance as Dahmer.
October 15, 2008
Actually artsy while disturbing. Maybe I just couldn't get past the idea of somewhat humanizing this guy. Not a bad "biography" but I found the whole thing icky so mission accomplished I guess. Skimmed over too many of the facts. Not something I would watch again.
March 31, 2014
A surprising performance by Renner (who looks just like Dahmer), but the movie isn't for everyone, for hardcore Dahmer obsessives only.
March 12, 2013
Although the ending is abrupt and the movie is missing some key scenes (Jeffrey Dahmer being turned in, being killed in prison etc.) Dahmer still delivers an artistic, gutsy, disturbing film that brings the serial killer to life.
Jeremy Renner is outstanding in this film and when he wears the glasses he is so convincing. Solid 1 hour and 40 minutes.
fb704666045October 25, 2012
The movie is uneven. Renner's performance shows the talent of a potential star, the star we now know, but the film is just plain...uninteresting.
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July 26, 2012
SO CREEPY. Jeremy Renner's performance = five stars though. It's definitely NOT a horror movie but it's very...for lack of a better word, creepy
January 20, 2012
Title Card: "On February 15, 1992 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was convicted of 15 counts of murder and sentenced to 937 years of federal prison. The following story was inspired by events from his life. Certain characters and events are fictional."
Too fictional is the problem. All I kept thinking throughout the film was, "How do they know he did that?" A little too artsy & not enough explanations. Renner was good, but not good enough to make up for the story.
November 11, 2011
Interesting film about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Jeremy Renner was pretty solid in this one, but the film itself kind of failed, probably just how it was put together, it was kind of bleak.
December 21, 2010
This film is a disturbing drama about infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. It is very hard to watch in some places because you see life through the eyes of Dahmer, and Dahmer's vision is particularly unforgiving yet masked by goodness. (Short spoiler) The way he picks out his victims and roofies them is shocking and the first time I've seen it as a common occurrence in a film (Spoiler ends). Knowing how similar the film is to the Dahmer case is genuinely chilling. It never goes overboard with blood and guts, nor cannibalism nor necrophilia, as a direct-to-screen adaptation would've resulted, and I think this keeps the film cinematic and more drama- than horror-oriented (Either scenario I would've probably lauded if it was filmed right). Even though the subject matter doesn't cover the most sickening facts about the Dahmer case (I would expect this of a documentary instead), the tone in this film is the same as what you will feel when you read even one paragraph on Dahmer online. The script hops about Dahmer's serial killing stages, leaving no dull moment, and I am convinced Jeremy Renner can play any role he's given, unafraid. Definitely not a film for everyone (anyone, really), as every topic it covers is generally a taboo.
July 3, 2010
A film directed by David Jaconson and starring Jeremy Renner, Artel Kayaru, Matt Newton, and Bruce Davison. Dahmer is about the life of a severely troubled young man who develops a morbid fascination which develops into sadistic fantasies that the notorious serial killer eventually forms into a vicious reality. This film is a deep exploration into Dahmer's personality, which is the main strength of the film. It is a character study of a very sick man who is driven off the edge and becomes a monster. Jeremy Renner is spectacular as Dahmer. His performance is about as fearless as acting can possibly get. Renner becomes Dahmer for nearly two hours and gives a powerful portrayal of this man. This film is more of a human study of Dahmer, almost making the man someone we can sympathize with until we are shown his true depravity and then we remember just how monstrous his nature truly is. The supporting performances are impressive but nowhere near as impressive as Renner. Artel Kayaru is quite good in a vital supporting role and Bruce Davison is great as Dahmer's father. This film is directed by David Jacobson, who does a fine job of crafting this unsettling but undeniably fascinating story. Dahmer is one of the greatest films I have seen about the life of a real serial killer. It's important to know that this film is not really a portrayal of Dahmer's actual crimes although we do witness him committing a few brutal acts. This film is more of a character study about the man's personality and who he truly was. This film digs deep into his personality and Renner's performance tops it all off. The direction and visuals of this film are superb as well. Dahmer is a masterpiece. A disturbing but intriguing true to life tale about a truly troubled and sick man who became a notorious serial killer.
February 23, 2010
It's really what you'd expect from this kind of movie...they make him a bit more human, but still pretty horrific. Kudos to Jeremy Renner.
February 18, 2010
Dahmer, directed by David Jacobson, focuses on small moments and aspects of serial killer and rapist Jeffrey Dahmer. I thought that making this film more of a "character study" was a good idea. However, the writing is not so great, especially the ending. The ending came so abruptly and it was possibly one of the worst endings to a film I have ever seen. This movie wasn't awful, but it also wasn't great. In fact, I think that the only reason that I don't truly dislike this movie is because of Jeremy Renner's portrayal of Dahmer. I've seen plenty of movies that had to be held up by an actor, but this one certainly stands out. Jeremy Renner is such an excellent actor and he really shows it here. It's a good thing that I had prior knowledge of Jeffrey Dahmer, or else, I think I would have been really confused by the ending. The movie didn't need to show all of the media buzz that this story got or even re enact the trial. However, it would have made a major and positive difference if it had shown how Jeffrey was caught and his arrest.
September 20, 2009
The man ate people how much sicker can u get??? but all 3 of the serial killers on South Park episode "Hell On Earth 2003" that was genius!!!
March 7, 2009
okay so i tried to watch from the middle on IFC and was bored after 15 minutes, so i was hesitant to rent it [but did.] after about 30 min. i realized that it's a movie that builds, it's subtle and wonderful. yes it's sick but it's mental, horrifying and slightly erotic [yes i know that's sick, but i firmly believe that was intentional] only after an hour or so do you get some disturbing violence, but i really enjoyed this film. glad i took the time to watch it from the start.
January 24, 2009
first off...it is completely unfathomable that someone could do this stuff in my eyes. But i really feel bad for his family..you never know how you'd react if someone you love did this stuff. i wish there was a cure for sociopaths..so there would be a stop, to serial killers!
October 5, 2008
a clever little arthouse film about the life of jeffery dahmer sure it could of gone into a little more detail in certin moments but still cool and hows had sad the man truly was
February 22, 2008
I know this film left out alot of key points about the actual story but I have to say Jeremy Renner (playing Jeffrey Dahmer) successfully managed to scare the shit out of me and played his part so well it was almost creepy. It was really frightning watching a true psychological horror flick rather than one that just focused on gore - terrifying to think this was based on a true story.
November 21, 2007
It shows the real guy behind the bad one and what he went through in his life before his very bad decisions in life.