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The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer (1993)

Based on the life of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and ate many of them before he was caught in 1991.


David R. Bowen


Carl Crew (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Crew ... Jeffrey Dahmer
Cassidy Phillips Cassidy Phillips ... Steven
Donna Stewart Bowen Donna Stewart Bowen ... Mother
Jeanne Bascom Jeanne Bascom ... Grandmother
G-Jo Reed G-Jo Reed ... Steve (as G. Joe Reed)
David Angelis David Angelis ... Bartender #1
Rowdy Jackson Rowdy Jackson ... Richard
Andrew Christian English Andrew Christian English ... Anthony (as Andrew English)
Alex Scott Alex Scott ... Ronald
Laura Tesone Laura Tesone ... Lady in Car
Keith Gearhart Keith Gearhart ... James
Christopher 'CJ' Smith Christopher 'CJ' Smith ... Young Jeffrey Dahmer
Cornelius Williams Cornelius Williams ... Bobby
Rhonno Ket Rhonno Ket ... Sounthome
Todd Fournier Todd Fournier ... Policeman #1


Based on the life of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and ate many of them before he was caught in 1991.

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David R. Bowen was initially only hired to compose the score, but wound up becoming the director after the original bowed out. See more »


Jeffrey Dahmer: So i had this idea... if i would to preserve a part of them. A part of the person, like the skull. Maybe that wouldn't be such a waste. They would be with me, all the time. Like a real friend who was... always there.
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Serial Boredom
30 April 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"The Secret Life" starts with the worst possible narrative intro: "The crimes committed by Jeffrey Dahmer are too horrible to make a film about...". Okay, so what are you suggesting? That we shouldn't bother to continue watching as the film won't be accurate or bloody, anyway? And they were right, too! The film isn't the least bit shocking and contains almost no blood or gore at all. Although I think that's mainly due to the low budget production values and not because of Dahmer's crimes being too horrific. Basically, "The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer" is just one sequence repeated over and over again. Young, pitiful and mentally confused Jeffrey picks up victims (always males, as he was a homosexual), kills them and then talks about how it wasn't his intention to hurt them and about how lonely he is. This gets boring really quick and even the admirable performance by unknown actor Carl Crew can't save this movie from being a total dud. Still, this version is much better than the pretentious and hopelessly muddled "Dahmer" that got released in 2002.

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