Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present.

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Before his arrest and conviction for serial murders, chocolate factory worker Jeffrey Dahmer hunts Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for young attractive males to turn into unconscious (eventually dead) human sex toys, current acts which often prompt memories of earlier killings and of dealings with his suspicious but unaware father. Written by statmanjeff

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The mind is a place of its own.


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Rated R for aberrant violence, sexuality, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Director Kathryn Bigelow wanted to cast Renner for Sgt William James in 'The Hurt Locker' in large part to his performance in Dahmer. See more »

Goofs

When Dahmer is sitting in the lunch room of the chocolate factory, the establishing shot shows three chocolate men standing in a row in front of him. In the next shot, the chocolate figure on the right has fallen down. See more »

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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.
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Crazy Credits

Though the names of Jeffrey Dahmer's victims were changed in this biopic, details of his killing methods were used; yet, the film's closing disclaimer states that any similarities to the history of any actual person, living or dead, or any actual event is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »

Connections

Featured in IFC Grindhouse: Dahmer (2007) See more »

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Ring My Bell
(Millenium Remix)
Written by Frederick Knight (as Fred Knight)
Performed by Anita Ward
Remixed by Julian Beeston
Used by permission from Two Knight Music
Courtesy of The San Juan Music Group / Hypnotic Records
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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Impressive
27 July 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews



Extremely well acted, particularly by the lead. Appropriately creepy and atmospheric -- as well as poignant and introspective. Makes a character out of a "monster". Examines Dahmer's struggle with his homosexuality and that struggle's basis for his sickness. Doesn't focus on the violence, and doesn't explore the cannibalism at all. Flashback structure works well. Liked the comparisions of his banal teenage years to the horrific current years. Would have liked a little bit more of an acknowledgement of how totally out of control this guy became. Cinematography is excellent at times -- but is bedeviled by some sloppy focus work. Again, the lead actor is topnotch. This is a work to be proud of.


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