An experimental documentary that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer, during the summer of his arrest in 1991.
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Credited cast:
Andrew Swant Andrew Swant ... Jeffrey Dahmer
Pamela Bass ... Self - Neighbor
Jeffrey Jentzen ... Self - Medical Examiner
Pat Kennedy ... Self - Detective
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Ashbrook Tom Ashbrook ... Radio Show Host (voice)
Peter Batchelder Peter Batchelder ... Crime Scene Investigator #1
Todd Bishop ... Haz-Mat Man #1
Dick Blau Dick Blau ... Optometrist
Mark Borchardt ... Man with glasses
Brenda Bowen-Avant Brenda Bowen-Avant ... Bus Rider with baby
Matt Brush Matt Brush ... Liquor Store Employee
Bryan Cherry Bryan Cherry ... Hotel Date
Candace Cherry Candace Cherry ... Bus person
Bobby Ciraldo ... Hotel day clerk
Patrick Connelly Patrick Connelly ... Grocery Store Employee


In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. This film explores the city of Milwaukee by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer's life, working collectively to disassemble the facade of an ordinary man leading an ordinary existence. Written by Anonymous

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The film was a New York Times Critics' Pick. See more »


The number on Jeffrey Dahmer's door in the film is "214" he in fact lived in apartment 213. See more »


References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


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Geeky Randy's summary
23 June 2014 | by Geeky RandySee all my reviews

Experimental Jeffrey Dahmer documentary which actually focuses more on the Milwaukeeans during and after his hidden spree. The reenactments are beautifully shot; and Andrew Swant (also the film's co-writer) slides into the monster's skin so smoothly, ultimately humanizing Dahmer without becoming charming or remotely likable. Unfortunately, the three interviewees are not overly appealing, and you can't help but remember that there are many more interesting people who had a thing or two to say about Dahmer. Archival footage included, but is used somewhat minimally. Originally premiered simply as JEFF and was later changed to THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES when picked up by IFC.

**½ (out of four)

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23 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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